Before Time Began

Before Genesis 1:1, before time began, Jesus is! In other words, He has always been. When time began, Jesus was the One Who created it. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). “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). Early on in time, man was tested and failed. God knew this would happen and He had the answer to this defection: Jesus and His death, burial and resurrection! God (Jesus) created Israel as the nation through which He would enter our world. The bulk of the Old Testament prophetically (in great detail) anticipates His arrival on earth. The gospels offer a fourfold account of His time on earth. Jesus, while here, spoke of His church to come. Acts relates the birth, growth and activity of the church. Included is Saul’s conversion and role in and for the church. The letters provide doctrine, discipleship and training for Jesus’ church. Revelation is an account of the climax of time and includes prophetic glimpses into eternity future after time has ended. In the hymn, “O God, Our Help in Ages Past,” Isaac Watts gives musical voice to this unfolding of time from eternity past to eternity future: “O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home: under the shadow of your throne your saints have dwelt secure; sufficient is your arm alone, and our defense is sure. Before the hills in order stood or earth received its frame, from everlasting you are God, to endless years the same. A thousand ages in your sight are like an evening gone, short as the watch that ends the night before the rising sun. Time, like an ever-rolling stream, soon bears us all away; we fly forgotten, as a dream dies at the opening day. Our God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, still be our guard while troubles last, and our eternal home!” Selah! The Bible: It’s all about Jesus: His plans, purposes, His love and sacrifice, His offer of salvation, rescue, guidance, direction and promise of a glorious eternity, etc. “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him” (Hebrews 2:3)?

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