We all had a beginning, but before our beginning, someone had to begin the beginning. We find two very important “In the beginning…” passages in the Bible, Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1-3. The first three verses of John 1 explain and expand on Genesis 1:1, so let’s take a look at both of them.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:1-3)
The human mind cannot comprehend “timelessness” or “eternity” because we are constrained by both time and space, however God is NOT constrained by either time or space. God is timeless and eternal, and the only time He felt the constraints of time and space was in the person of Jesus Christ during His earthly sojourn. When God took on human flesh in the person of Jesus Christ, He experienced our constraints with us. Jesus was not able to be in more than one place at a time.
At some point in eternity, God put His finger down on that point and declared it “the beginning“. God started the clock. That fact blows my mind.
In the beginning, God…
John spared no expense in telling us Who started the clock. The divine Word, God’s message to humanity, started the clock. If we substitute “the Word” for “God” in Genesis 1:1, we get, “In the beginning, the Word created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
We are also told that the Word became flesh, thus the Eternal Word is none other than Jesus Christ. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
I have to conclude that when God knelt in the dust and fashioned the first man, He was creating the “prototype” of the very human-body He would take for Himself in the fullness of time. Is it any wonder that we are created in God’s image? God could not have created us any other way.
Was our beginning merely a “chance” event, or was it “pre-planned“? Those who believe that God doesn’t have an active role in our lives would call it a “chance” event. They would say that one “lucky” sperm outran all the other 250 million-plus sperm through the gauntlet and got to the egg first and still had the stamina to penetrate and fertilize the egg. If that is the case, we are all products of “chance“, and a I could have just as easily been named “Stephanie“.
If our beginning was a “pre-planned” event, God ushered one chosen sperm to its intended rendezvous, and who and what we are is no “accident“. This passage may shed some light on our beginning…
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:3-6)
I would have to conclude that we are not here by “chance“, and that you are reading this at this moment by divine-appointment also. Oh, and it is no “accident” that I am writing this…
If our beginning was not a “chance” event, neither is anything else about us, including our salvation. There are many God-fearing, Bible-believing Christians who don’t believe in Predestination, believing that “free-will” trumps God’s sovereignty. If that belief is carried to its logical-conclusion, their “god” is a hand-wringing wannabe who just “hopes” that people will accept the free offer of salvation. While they will never admit that their theology must strip God of what makes Him God, that is what they are doing. That must also mean that our salvation is only a “hope“, not a “take it to the bank” reality.
God did give us “free-will“, however, before coming to Christ for salvation, our will is enslaved to our fallen-nature. Many people say “To err is human“, but the reality is “To err is being fallen“. We will not realize our true humanity until we are sinless and glorified, because we then will be able to love God with all of our being and love our neighbor as ourselves. Adam and Eve were truly-human before their fall into sin, and Jesus Christ showed us His true humanity by living a sinless life.
I love and worship a sovereign God who has guaranteed my salvation, along with my own glorious resurrection. He is the God of the Bible.
Many people believe that the end of human history as we know it is near, and that we will soon make the transition from our mortal, earthly existence to our eternal state. Will God stop the clock and still the hands of time, or will He keep time going for our benefit?
When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. 10 They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been. (Revelation 6:9-11)
I get the sense from this passage that the departed Saints in heaven are still aware of time, and that time is passing too slowly. Even as spirit-beings, they are still conscious of what is going on around them. So much for the false-doctrine of “soul-sleep“. Moses and Elijah certainly weren’t “sleeping” when they appeared with Jesus on the mountain during His transfiguration.
And Jesus was saying to them, “Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power.”
2 Six days later, Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John, and brought them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; 3 and His garments became radiant and exceedingly white, as no launderer on earth can whiten them. 4 Elijah appeared to them along with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus. 5 Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three tabernacles, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6 For he did not know what to answer; for they became terrified. 7 Then a cloud formed, overshadowing them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is My beloved Son, listen to Him!” 8 All at once they looked around and saw no one with them anymore, except Jesus alone. (Mark 9:1-8)
We become “new creations” when we are saved, but we will not realize the fullness of being “new creations” until we are resurrected. Our bodies, which in this life are plagued with disease and decay, will be raised in perfection, immortal and eternal. I am looking forward to that glorious day when my body is fresh and new, when I can join David in dancing naked before the Lord.
The same God who created all things in the beginning has promised our new-beginning.
And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” (Revelation 21:5)
I say with John, as he closed out the book of the Revelation; “Even so, come Lord Jesus!”