I. It pleased God the Father,
Son, and Holy Ghost,a
for the manifestation of the glory of his eternal power, wisdom, and goodness,b
in the beginning, to create, or make of nothing, the world, and all things
therein, whether visible or invisible, in the space of six days, and all very
a Heb. 1:2; John
1:2,3; Gen. 1:2; Job. 26:13; Job. 33:4. bRom.1:20;
Jer. 10:12; Ps. 104:24; Ps. 33:5,6. c Gen. chap. 1; Heb.
11:3; Col. 1:16; Acts 17:24.
II. After God had made all
other creatures, he created man, male and female,d with reasonable and immortal souls,e
endued with knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness, after his own image,f
having the law of God written in their hearts,g
and power to fulfil it;h
and yet under a possibility of transgressing, being left to the liberty of
their own will, which was subject unto change.i Beside this law written in their hearts, theyreceived
a command not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil;k
which while they kept, they were happy in their communion with God, and had
dominion over the creatures.l
d Gen. 1:27. e Gen. 2:7 with
Eccl. 12:7 and Luke and
Matt. . f Gen. 1:26; Col.
3:10; Eph. 4:24. gRom.2:14,15. h Eccl. 7:29. i Gen. 3:6; Eccl.
7:29. k Gen. 2:17; Gen.
3:8-11,23. l Gen. 1:26,28.