#4 In the Beginning (continued)

Published: 19 September 1999

By Neil Phelan

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth"-GENESIS 1:1 Genesis 1:1 is also one of the deepest theological statements in all of the Bible. The first verse of the Bible declares that God is self existent. In other words, He has no beginning or end...He has always been. This, in itself, is mind boggling to earthly creatures who live in a world marked with time. Therefore, "In the beginning" does not declare the beginning of God, but rather, the beginning of God's creation: the beginning of time. God, the Creator, was there, self existent, self sufficient. He began time, and when time is no more he will remain to be the same God He was before creation, "Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God"- Psalm 90:2. The very word "God" is extremely expressive. In this verse, the word God is translated from the old Hebrew word 'elohiym', which declares a plurality of persons. It is a plural expression used in the singular tense, as one being accomplishing the work of creation. In the beginning they created the heaven and the earth. Who are they? The Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, of course. Three, but yet One. Don't ask me to explain this, the Bible declares it and I believe it by faith. Yes, the Godhead worked together in creation. In verse 26 we read, "Let us make man in our image....". "Us" declares the plurality of the Godhead. The "God" of Genesis also reveals Christ. If you will notice, John began his gospel with this same declaration, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made"- John 1:1-3. Paul declared that by Jesus Christ, "were all thing created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible...Col. 1:16a. If we believe in creation, we must acknowledge the eternal, preincarnate existence of the Son of God. After all, He put in several cameo appearances before His virgin birth. He walked with the Hebrew children through the fiery furnace; He talked with Abraham in the plains of Mamre. Indeed, Genesis 1:1 is deep in theology, deep enough to send Plato and Socrates scratching their heads in wonder; deep enough to keep man busy for centuries trying to discover all that God created in only six days. Come to worship with us at HARMONY PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH, at Donaldson, where God is sovereign and salvation is by His abundant and amazing grace. Services begin at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday morning. Phone 501-337-1115. Sincerely, Neil Phelan, Jr., Pastor.