Before the Beginning

Scott Stevenson

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."  Genesis 1:1 (ESV)

When you think about the words from Genesis 1:1, is that really the beginning?  Not for God!  God has no beginning or end.  The thought of eternity for the human race is difficult.  We are geared to focus on things that don't last past the boundary of time into eternity.  This makes it difficult for us to think of God as a Triune God who has always been, with no beginning or end.  I can't really dwell on the thought too long because I can't really get my mind around the concept.  Do I discount the concept of eternity because I don't understand it or have nothing to do with the process?  I think that it is the easy way out, but you can't ignore it.  The difficulty of pondering eternity gives  us humility and perspective.  The thought of God always being not only puts me in a state of awe, but it also humbles me.

Let us humble ourselves before we read the first verse in Genesis and understand that God doesn't need us.  This helps us to understand the true meaning of salvation and God's relationship to us as His creation.  I like this commentary about the beginning that has no beginning:

"God has a voluntary relation to everything He has made," wrote A.W. Tozer, "but He has no necessary relation to anything outside of Himself."  God needs nothing, neither the material universe, nor the human race, and yet He created both.

Bible Exposition Commentary (BE Series)

I said earlier that God doesn't need us.  That statement is true, but at the same time, God created us.  God not only created us, but created us in His image.

"Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."  So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

I say that, to say this, God not only created us, but He chooses us, do you choose Him?  Eternity is coming no matter what, but think of eternity with or without God....God grants us the choice.  If you choose God, but you are not sure what to do, please call the church office and someone will be happy to introduce you to the plan God has for you before the foundation of the world.

 

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