In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people (John 1:1–4 NRSV; cf. CEB).
“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth...” (Acts 17:22–28).
What is salvation but the outworking of God's love for his creation as he restores it from the bondage and effects of sin? Creation, then, although certainly not the central message of Scripture, is the underlying foundation. Indeed, without an understanding of the biblical view of creation our understanding of both sin and redemption will inevitably be distorted. In worldview terms, we cannot answer the questions "What's wrong?" and "What's the remedy?" unless we first address the issues of who we are and where we are. (Brian Walsh and Richard Middleton, The Transforming Vision: Shaping a Christian World View)
God's work in the world must be viewed in and through a universal frame of reference. That the Bible begins with Genesis, not Exodus, with creation, not redemption, is of immeasurable importance for understanding all that follows. (Terence Fretheim, God and World in the Old Testament: A Relational Theology of Creation)
...our relationship to God is given in and with life itself... Man cannot live, without living from God... Whatever form it may take, man's relationship to God begins by being that of a creature who has been born, who lives, who never ceases to be created from first to last. As such he receives all that he has from the Creator, independently of what his attitude to the Creator may be, just as a son may receive from his natural father, even when he curses him. ...
For this relationship is given with life itself, and even when men have ceased to use the term "God" they do not cease to be related to Him, because He is, even though they deny him. (Gustaf Wingren, Creation and Law)
...in Genesis 1, a cue may be taken from God’s repeated judgment on his works that they are “good.” ...the Hebrew ṭôb can connote “beautiful” as well as “good” in a moral sense, and in this beginning of all things the divine assessment is essentially aesthetic. The world in its ordered profusion is beautiful. Since it is beautiful in the eyes of its maker, it reflects the thoughts of its maker, and so the maker himself. (Gordon McConville, Being Human in God's World)