What the New Testament teaches about Creation, Fall, and the Flood

   (arranged in Genesis order)


by Richard Peachey


Professing Christians who reject the historicity of the early chapters of Genesis face a serious problem: the New Testament confirms dozens of the details found in those chapters.


The Lord Jesus and the New Testament authors — especially Paul and Peter, but also including John, James, Jude, Luke, and the writer of Hebrews — all treat the Creation, Fall, and Flood narratives as truthfully describing events that actually took place.



• there was a time called "the beginning" (John 1:1)

• the "beginning" was the time when "God created" (Mark 13:19)

God created the world (Hebrews 1:2)

God created all things (Ephesians 3:9)

God made the world and everything in it (Acts 17:24)

the Lord, the living God, made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all (everything) that is in them (Acts 4:24; 14:15)

in the beginning the Lord laid the earth's foundation; and the heavens are the work of his hands (Hebrews 1:10)

• the Lord God created all things; by his will they came into existence (Revelation 4:11)

the universe was created by the word of God (Hebrews 11:3)

the heavens came into existence by the word of God (2 Peter 3:5)

the water-covered earth was formed by the word of God (2 Peter 3:5)

• in the darkness, God created light by speaking (2 Corinthians 4:6)


man was made in God's image and likeness (1 Corinthians 11:7; James 3:9; also implied in Matthew 22:20f.; Mark 12:16f.; Luke 20:24f.; cf. Genesis 1:27)

he who created them from the beginning (God) made them male and female (Matthew 19:4; Mark 10:6; cf. Genesis 1:27)

God created everything "good" (1 Timothy 4:4; cf. Genesis 1:31)

"God rested on the seventh day from all his works" (Hebrews 4:4; cf. Genesis 2:2)

the first man was from the earth, a man of dust (1 Corinthians 15:47)

• "the first man, Adam, became a living soul" (1 Corinthians 15:45; cf. Genesis 2:7)

Adam was formed first, then Eve (1 Timothy 2:13)

woman was made from man; woman was created for man (1 Corinthians 11:8f.)

"Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh" (Matthew 19:5; Mark 10:7f.; 1 Corinthians 6:16; cf. Genesis 2:24)


the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning (2 Corinthians 11:3)

• Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor (1 Timothy 2:14)

by a man came death (1 Corinthians 15:21)

sin came into the world through one man, Adam, and death through sin (Romans 5:12)

judgment following one trespass brought condemnation (Romans 5:16)

• the whole creation was subjected to futility because of him who subjected it and has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now (Romans 8:20,22)


all human ethnic groups have their origin in the one man God made (Acts 17:26)


Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain; God commended Abel (Hebrews 11:4, cf. 12:24)

Cain murdered his brother (1 John 3:12)

righteous Abel's blood was shed on earth (Matthew 23:35) early in earth history: "from the foundation of the world" (Luke 11:51)

Adam had a son named Seth. Seth's descendants were Enosh, then Kenan, then Mahalalel, then Jared, then Enoch (Luke 23:37f.)

Enoch was the seventh descendant in line from Adam (Jude 14)

Enoch was commended as having pleased God; he was "taken up" so that he should not see death (Hebrews 11:5)


Enoch had a son named Methuselah, who had a son named Lamech, who had a son named Noah (Luke 3:36f.)

God warned Noah concerning what was to come; Noah constructed an ark for the saving of his household (Hebrews 11:7, cf. 1 Peter 3:20)

Noah entered the ark; the flood came and swept them all away (destroyed them all) (Matthew 24:38f.; Luke 17:27)

the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished (2 Peter 3:6)

the Lord did not spare the ancient world, but he preserved Noah with seven others when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly (2 Peter 2:5)

a few, that is eight persons, were brought safely through the water (1 Peter 3:20)



Grateful acknowledgement:  Production of the above detailed listing was inspired by the following resources from Creation Ministries International:


Creation Magazine LIVE! video episode with Richard Fangrad and Calvin Smith: "What would we know about creation if we only had the New Testament?"


• Lita Cosner, "The use of Genesis in the New Testament"


• Lita Cosner, "The global flood—according to the New Testament"