Genesis in the New Testament

Written on: October 1, 2021

Article by: Roy Davison

Genesis describes the origin of the universe and the early history of mankind. Fundamental facts in Genesis are repeated in the New Testament.

Jesus refers to “the beginning of the creation which God created” (Mark 13:19).

Paul says that God “made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them” (Acts 14:15). “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead” (Romans 1:20).

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Luke traces the linage of Christ back to “Adam, the son of God” (Luke 3:38).

Paul writes that “The first man was of the earth, made of dust” (1 Corinthians 15:47).

Jesus refers to Genesis 1:27 (“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them”) in Matthew 19:4 – “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female’”?

Paul writes: “For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression” (1 Timothy 2:13, 14). “The serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness” (2 Corinthians 11:3). Paul states that “sin entered the world” through Adam “and death through sin” (Romans 5:12, 14).

Jesus calls the devil “a murderer from the beginning” (John 8:44).

John admonishes Christians to love one another, “not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous” (1 John 3:12).

“By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous” (Hebrews 11:4).

Enoch was “the seventh from Adam” (Jude 14). “By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death” (Hebrews 11:5).

“By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household” (Hebrews 11:7).

“They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all” (Luke 17:27).

“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised” (Hebrews 11:8–11).

“By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son” (Hebrews 11:17). “Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?” (James 2:21).

“Then He gave him the covenant of circumcision; and so Abraham begot Isaac and circumcised him on the eighth day; and Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot the twelve patriarchs” (Acts 7:8).

“And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God was with him and delivered him out of all his troubles, and gave him favour and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house” (Acts 7:9–10).

“Now a famine and great trouble came over all the land of Egypt and Canaan, and our fathers found no sustenance. But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first. And the second time Joseph was made known to his brothers, and Joseph’s family became known to the Pharaoh. Then Joseph sent and called his father Jacob and all his relatives to him, seventy-five people. So Jacob went down to Egypt; and he died, he and our fathers. And they were carried back to Shechem and laid in the tomb that Abraham bought for a sum of money from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem” (Acts 7:11–16).

“By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones” (Hebrews 11:21, 22).

What Genesis says about the origin of the universe and the early history of mankind is repeated in the New Testament.

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