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

(arranged in Genesis order)

Featured as a back-of-page article in the CSABC Quarterly Letter of March 2015

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"