Chapter IV - Of Creation

I. In the beginning it pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,(John 1:2,3; Heb. 1:2; Job 26:13) for the manifestation of the glory of His eternal power,(Rom. 1:20) wisdom, and goodness, to create or make the world, and all things therein, whether visible or invisible, in the space of six days, and all very good.(Col. 1:16; Gen. 1:31)

II. After God had made all other creatures, He created man, male and female,(Gen. 1:27) with reasonable and immortal souls,(Gen. 2:7) rendering them fit unto that life to God for which they were created; being made after the image of God, in knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness;(Eccles. 7:29; Gen. 1;26) having the law of God written in their hearts,(Rom. 2:14,15) and power to fulfill it, and yet under a possibility of transgressing, being left to the liberty of their own will, which was subject to change.(Gen. 3:6)

III. Besides the law written in their hearts, they received a command not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil,(Gen. 2:17) which while they kept, they were happy in their communion with God, and had dominion over the creatures.(Gen. 1:26,28)