“That God creates by speaking means that in God the thought, the name, and the work are in their created reality one. What we must understand, therefore, is that the word does not have ‘effects’; instead, God’s word is already the work. What in us breaks hopelessly asunder — the word of command and what takes place — is for God indissolubly one. With God the imperative is the indicative. The indicative does not result from the imperative; it is not the effect of the imperative. Instead it is the imperative.
“…Our complete inability to hold the indicative and the imperative together in our minds shows that we no longer live in the unity of the active word of God but are fallen. …Creation is not an ‘effect’ of the Creator from which one could read of a necessary connection with the cause (the Creator); instead it is a work created in freedom in the word” (Bohoeffer, Creation and Fall, 42; 43).