IN THE BEGINNING GOD CREATED THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH. THE EARTH WAS WITHOUT FORM, VOID AND DARKNESS WAS UPON THE FACE OF THE DEEP. AND THE SPIRIT OF GOD MOVED UPON THE FACE OF THE WATERS.
The first verse of the Bible has the following important words: the beginning, create, the heavens and the earth. The second verse on the other hand presents three statements which also appear elsewhere apparently as figures of speech. (1) The one is that the earth was once on a state of chaos; it was with no form and empty. (2) The second is that the deep, at one time, was covered with darkness. (3) The last is that God's spirit happened to hover upon the multitudes of waters. All these key words and phrases--heaven, earth, create, "the earth was without form and void", darkness, the deep, "the waters" and "the spirit of God"--are usually used figuratively in the Bible. This is the list we will begin our figurative tour with. Though, today we will be dealing with the word create.
The everyday meaning of create, as everyone knows, is to cause something to come to being. This word is synonymous with beget, father and make. But create in the Bible may be used completely differently from the way it is used in daily sense. This word, figuratively, means to cause a person, a community or nation to be righteous or obedient to God. That is, it suggests the coming to being of righteousness and obedience in the land. It denotes conversion of a nation or an individual.
The second Corinthians 5:17 say: "If a man be in Christ he is a new creation." Galatians 6:15 tells that ‘neither is circumcision profitable nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.’ Ephesians 2:10 states: 'We [Christians] are God's work, created in Jesus Christ to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to walk in them.' Isaiah 43:7 again states: "…even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yeah, I have made him." In James 1:18, Paul stated that God shall beget us (or create us) with the word of truth (i.e. the Gospel) that we should be a kind of first-fruits of his creation. Also see 1 Pet.1:23.
So, someone is created when that individual starts to live in accordance to the law of God. In other words, before Christians were created (that is, before they became followers of Christ), they were inexistent or dead when they followed the ungodly laws of the world. Compare with Ephesians 2:5 where Paul said: "When we were dead in sins, [God] has given us life." Vividly, death here refers to the state of being remote from God: not having lived in accordance to his true council and laws.