Chapter IV - Of Creation

I. It pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,(Heb 1:2, John 1:2-3, Gen 1:2, Job 26:13, 33:4) for the manifestation of the glory of His eternal power, wisdom, and goodness,(Rom 1:20, Jer 10:12, Psa 104:24, 33:5-6) 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 good. (Gen 1, Heb 11:3, Col 1:16, Acts 17:24)

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, Ecc 12:7, Luke 23:43, Matt 10:28) endued with knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness, after His own image;(Gen 1:26, Col 3:10, Eph 4:24) having the law of God written in their hearts,(Rom 2:14-15) and power to fulfil it;(Ecc 7:29) and yet under a possibility of transgressing, being left to the liberty of their own will, which was subject unto change.(Gen 3:6, Ecc 7:29) Beside this law written in their hearts, they received a command, not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil;(Gen 2:17, 3:8-11, 23)  which while they kept, they were happy in their communion with God, and had dominion over the creatures.(Gen 1:26,28)