Influence: Genesis

Nine times out of ten, every other story not in Genesis can be traced back to Genesis. (I logically suspect that that other one time is simply because I am a novice scholar.)

Forgive me as I do this off the top of my noggin but if I am not mistaken, all Biblical doctrines originates in Genesis in a very direct way. 1

Doctrine of creation: Genesis 1 & 2

Doctrine of the imago Dei (or the theological, doctrinal, logical, empirical, rational reason why it is pure ignorance for you to be a racist): Genesis 1:27

Doctrine of sola fide is easy. Genesis 15:1-6 because Paul in Romans 4:4-5 references it.

Doctrine of marriage: Genesis 2:25

Hmm, let me try something more organized like ordo salutis:

Love –  Genesis 1:1, Genesis 3:21

Election – Genesis 6:8; Genesis 12:1-3

Vocation – Genesis 12:1-3, Genesis 17:19

Justification – Genesis 32:22-32

Atonement – Genesis 22:13

Propitiation – Genesis 15:1-31; Genesis 22:13

Expiation – Genesis 15:1-31; Genesis 22:13

Sanctification – Genesis 37:2-36; Genesis 39-41:36

Glorification – Genesis 41:37-50:26

That worked out rather easy.

I am convinced that any topic or passage preached in the Bible can be have a passage in Genesis as a starting bullet point.

Hence, it what makes Genesis so weighty with truth and doctrine and preaching through Genesis would be no small task.

Of course, this would be for naught except Christ has revealed how he complete the thoughts begun in Genesis.

Luke 24:27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. 


  1. Heads up: there are so many doctrines (if not all of them) that originate in Genesis that I am going to use this post as a way of tracking them all. If you visit this post from time to time, it will have grown.

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Joe Louthan

I graduated High School with a 1.75GPA. My friend rightfully asked me, “Is that even passing?” To which I responded *shrugs*. Welcome to my TED talk.