Bible

In the Beginning

I just gave my wife a Chronological Bible to study for next year.  She reads through the Bible every year using different versions.  But not all of “In the Beginnings” of Creation are at the front of Chronological Bibles.  So here is my feeble effort to set the record straight.

Before Creation

What is the chronology of Existence and Creation; or is it Creation and Existence?  And what came before that?

Don Stewart :: What Was God Doing before He Created the Universe?

Saint Augustine had two answers to those who asked what was God doing before creation. Jokingly he said, God was preparing Hell for people who ask such questions. On a serious level, he noted there was no time before God created and hence the question is meaningless. When God created the heavens and the earth He also created space and time. Before time began there was only eternity. God is a timeless being and time only began with His creation of the universe.

Wisdom

Per Saint Augustine “For when God said, “Let there be light, and there was light, if we are justified in understanding in this light the creation of the angels, then certainly they were created partakers of the eternal light which is the unchangeable Wisdom of God, by which all things were made, and whom we call the only-begotten Son of God.”

Wisdom is the Word. “Wisdom” says (Proverbs 8:22-29 WEB) 22The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. 23I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. 24When [there were] no depths, I was brought forth; when [there were] no fountains abounding with water. 25Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth. 26While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. 27When he prepared the heavens, I [was] there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: 28When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: 29When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:

Now

But one thing I’ve noticed is that “In the Beginning (ItB)” is not always first.  Because John 1:1 has ItB, but it is not included until the story of Jesus

And God spoke (Genesis 1:1-2 WEB) 1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep: and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

(John 1:1-2 WEB) 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2The same was in the beginning with God.

Through Him

(John 1:3 WEB) All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

And (Colossians 1:15-17 WEB) 15Who is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of every creature: 16For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are upon earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

US

(Genesis 1:26 WEB) And 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 fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping animal that creepeth upon the earth.

The Trinity is identified by these verses, which when gathered together leave no room for doubt. Because:

  • Eternity existed before time – and time will stop as Jesus returns and ushers in eternity.
  • Wisdom, the Word, existed before time and was God.
  • The Spirit of God (we know as the Holy Spirit)
  • The Word is eternal along with the Spirit and God
  • One God in three persons.

Me

God is in the middle, God the Father is in the top, God the Son is on the left, and God the Spirit is on the right.
Notice the lines used to form this figure has no ends – it is unending or eternal.

I’ve had no trouble understanding the Trinity. We serve an infinite God. We are a creation, not the Creator. We’re finite. The Bible reads as if there are three Godheads, but one God.

It’s important to me to be able to understand a little about the Trinity. Between the Bible and Saint Augustine I see how the triune God put forth His creation. Follow the symbols of the Triune God in the following video.

(2 Corinthians 13:11-14 WEB) 11Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. 12Greet one another with a holy kiss. 13 All the saints salute you. 14The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, [be] with you all. Amen.

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