By Gemechis Desta Buba
The book of Genesis edifies
Christian life by recording the progressive self-revelation of God,
which culminates in Jesus Christ.
Genesis, meaning “origin,” covers the time from creation to the
Israelite sojourn in Egypt. Genesis enters into the very structure of
the New Testament, in which it is quoted more than sixty times. The
roots of all subsequent revelations are planted deep in Genesis. The
inspiration of Genesis and its character as divine revelation are
authenticated by the testimony of Jesus Christ (Mt. 19:4-6; 24:37-39;
Mk. 11:49-51; 17:26-29; Jn. 7:21-23; 8:44) and supplemented by the
testimony of history.
Genesis begins the progressive self-revelation of God, which culminates
in Jesus Christ. The problem of sin as affecting human emotion on
earth, human relation ship to God, and the divine solution of that
problem are essentially in Genesis. The climax of God’s progressive
self-revelation culminates in the person of Jesus. Genesis is the
foundation of the progressive unfolding of the divine redemption, which
is fulfilled through Jesus and recorded in the New Testament.
Among great covenants, indicating the conditions of human life and
progressively unfold the divine redemption, four covenants are in
Genesis, and these are fundamental to Christian life.