Here is a summary of key theological doctrines in Genesis 1-11 provided by David Platt, the author of Radical. (I added the Scripture references.)

The Nature of God
The Nature of Man
  • Created in the image of God… (Genesis 1:26-27)
    • We are a unique reflection of God.
    • We are utterly reliant upon God.
    • We are ultimately responsible to God.
  • Created for the purpose of God… (Genesis 1:26-30)
    • To enjoy a relationship with God
    • To rule over all creation
    • To reproduce God’s glory to the ends of the earth
The Nature of Creation
The Nature of Satan
  • Significant truths…
    • God is Creator; Satan is creature. (Genesis 3:1)
    • God is sovereign; Satan is subordinate. (Genesis 3:15)
    • This is not dualism; this is domination. [Note from Greg: Dualism would be the view that God and Satan are equal, but opposite, powers. This is not dualism, because God is greater than Satan. While he has given Satan the power to have some authority on the earth for a time, God is greater than Satan and will ultimately defeat him.] (Genesis 3:15)
  • Significant characteristics…
    • Satan can speak and is smart. (Genesis 3:1-5)
    • Satan is a malicious liar and an evil murderer. (Genesis 3:1-5, Jesus referred to Satan as both a liar and a “murderer from the beginning” in John 8:44)
The Nature of Sin
  • The core of sin…
  • The conflict brought about by sin…
  • The consequences of sin…
The Need for Redemption

With all of these doctrines already established, God’s covenant relationship with His people is already in place eleven chapters into Genesis. This covenant is established between God and those who, by faith, trust His promised redemption and restoration. Now, the stage is set for Abraham to enter the scene and God to take for Himself a special people, Israel.

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