What comes to your mind
when you think about God?
That is the most
important thing about us, suggests A. W. Tozer. That
says more about us than anything else. What you
believe about Him determines your eternal destiny.
"Few of us have let our
hearts gaze in wonder at the I AM, the Self-existent
Self, back of which no creature can think" (Knowledge
of the Holy, p. 34).
In the Beginning God .
"In the beginning God . .
. " Those are the most sublime words in the Bible.
The eternal God is
unchangeable in all His attributes. "The Alpha and
the Omega, the Beginning and the End" (Rev. 21:6;
1:8; 22:13) is "infinite, eternal, and unchangeable,
in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice,
goodness, and truth" (Westminster Shorter
Imagine with me for a few
moments Moses telling the story of creation to the
Israelites. "In the beginning God created the
heavens and the earth." He knew it because of the
self-revelation of God to him. "The earth was
formless and void, and darkness was over the surface
of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over
the surface of the waters. Then God said, 'Let there
be light'; and there was light. God saw that the
light was good; and God separated the light from the
darkness" (Gen. 1:2-4).
Those opening words in
the book of Genesis tells us about Moses' view of
creation, and the sovereignty of the Creator over
all of His creation. The God who created Israel also
created the entire world and everything in it. Since
God is before all things and created all things,
there can be no idols or false gods (Isa. 46:5-13;
40:18-26; Amos 7:7-9). They don't exist. The LORD
God of Israel is the only God. There is none other.
Not only is He the Creator of all life, but He is
also the God who redeems fallen man and enters into
covenants with him.
Moses tells us God's
personal name is Yahweh or Jehovah. Most of
our English translations use LORD in all four
capital letters when referring to this name of God
(cp. Deu. 6:4-6, 12-15)
What starts in
Genesis in finished in Christ.
In the beginning was
the Word . . .
The apostle John
contemplated creation and wrote under the
inspiration of the Holy Spirit, "In the beginning
was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the
Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All
things came into being through Him, and apart from
Him nothing came into being that has come into
being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light
of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the
darkness did not comprehend it" (John 1:1-5).
Substitute the name
"Christ" in the place of "Word" in the above
paragraph and you get to the very heart of John's
belief about God. In the beginning was the Second
Person of the God-head, Christ, and the Christ was
with God, and the Christ was God. Christ was in the
beginning with God. All things came into being
through Christ, and apart from Christ nothing came
into being that has come into being. In Christ was
life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light
shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not
John takes us back to a
time before the time of "in the beginning" of Moses.
He is speaking of eternity before time was created.
John takes us into the mind of the eternal Triune
God. He begins by telling us that Jesus is God
manifest in the flesh. God came to us in the
incarnation. The words and works of Jesus, the Logos
(Word), are those of the God-Man. Christ, the Logos
did not at some point in the past come into being.
God the Father and the Son have always been in
existence and were not created. God the Father, God
the Son, God the Spirit have existed eternally in
fellowship with one another.
The term Logos is applied
to Christ exclusively in John 1:1, 14; Revelation
19:13 and 1 John 1:1. There is a possible
personification of "the Word of God" in Hebrews
Christ is not only
pre-existent to creation, He is eternal because He
is God. He had no beginning. He was in the beginning
with God, the Second Person in the Godhead (John
5:58; 5:17-29; 10:30; Phil. 2:6-7).
Christ is the image of
the invisible God.
The Apostle Paul
expressed his convictions about Jesus Christ when he
wrote to the philosophers at Colossae. "He is the
image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all
creation. For by Him all things were created, both
in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible,
whether thrones or dominions or rulers or
authorities "all things have been created through
Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him
all things hold together. He is also head of the
body, the church; and He is the beginning, the
firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will
come to have first place in everything. For it was
the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to
dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all
things to Himself, having made peace through the
blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether
things on earth or things in heaven" (Colossians
1:15-20). Not only did Jesus create all things, but
also He is the super-glue that holds all things
together. The personal pre-existence of Christ is
taught by the apostle Paul (2 Cor. 8:9; Phil. 2:6f;
Col. 1:17). These words of Paul are parallel to the
logos passage in John 1:1, 18 and to Hebrews 1:1-4
as well as Philippians 2:5-11.
Jesus said, "He that hath
seen Me hath seen the Father" (John 14:9). A. T.
Robertson observed, "Jesus is the very stamp of God
the Father as He was before the Incarnation (John
17:5) and is now (Phil. 2:5-11; Heb. 1:3) . . . the
one who sees Jesus has seen God (John 14:9)."
In Christ all the
fullness of Deity dwells.
Paul tells us something
else about his thoughts on God incarnate. "See to it
that no one takes you captive through philosophy and
empty deception, according to the tradition of men,
according to the elementary principles of the world,
rather than according to Christ. For in Him all the
fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him
you have been made complete, and He is the head over
all rule and authority . . ." (Col. 2:8-10).
Lightfoot said, "In Christ dwells the whole
pleroma (fullness, plenitude), the entire
fullness of the Godhead . . ." In Jesus Christ there
is continuously and permanently at home all the
fullness of the Godhead in bodily form."
At the incarnation, the
Second Person of the Godhead assumed humanity, and
is forever the God-man. The fullness of the Godhead
dwells in Christ alone. All the fullness of absolute
deity continuously and permanently lives in His
Again John would say,
"And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and
we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from
the Father, full of grace and truth . . . No one has
seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is
in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him"
(John 1:14, 18).
It is marvelous to see in
the Scriptures the three Persons of the Godhead
working harmoniously together throughout eternity to
accomplish His eternal purpose. There is no disunity
or disharmony in the blessed Trinity.
The work of creation is
the handiwork of God the Father (Gen. 1:1), the Son
(Col. 1:16), and the Holy Spirit (Job 33:4; 26:13;
The incarnation was
accomplished by the power of the Most High when the
Holy Spirit "overshadowed" a virgin named Mary and
the "holy offspring shall be called the Son of God"
(Luke 1:35; Gal. 4:4-6).
The three persons are
present at the baptism of Jesus when He came up out
of the water, the Holy Spirit descended upon Him and
the Father's voice was heard from heaven (Matt.
In Hebrews 9:14 the work
of atonement is presented as the blood of Christ,
through the eternal Spirit offering Himself without
blemish to God the Father.
The resurrection of
Christ is attributed to the Father (Acts 2:24, 32),
the Son (John 10:17, 18), and the Holy Spirit (Rom.
We are saved by work of
all three Persons of the Godhead for God the Father
foreknew us, by the Holy Spirit sanctified us, and
we have obeyed Jesus Christ and have been sprinkled
with His blood (1 Pet. 1:2; Eph. 1:3-14).
Jesus tells us in John
14:15-23 we as believers are indwelt by the Holy
Spirit (v. 17), the Son (v. 18, 20), the Father (v.
God did all of this in
perfect unity and harmony so you could receive
eternal life. Jesus said, "Truly, truly, I say to
you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent
Me, has eternal life, and does not come into
judgment, but has passed out of death into life"
Jesus Christ is "my Lord
and my God" (John 20:28), because "God highly
exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is
above every name, that at the name of Jesus every
knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on
earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue
should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the
glory of God the Father" (Philippians 2:9-11).
What do you believe about
Him? Where will you spend eternity?
Title: Genesis 1:1 In the
Beginning . . .
in the Old Testament