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In the Beginning…

Posted by undergroundchurch on February 28, 2010


I am excited that next week I get to start my Sunday school class on my favorite part of the Bible… Genesis.  I hope to make a series of quick posts that reflect little thoughts on the book as we move through it.

First thought… The first verse of the Bible is not in Genesis 1… it’s in John 1.

Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

John 1:1 “In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God (literally: God was the Word).

So which beginning is first?

The really interesting thing is that the Bible never wastes time arguing the “existence of God”.  God is assumed to exist.  He is also assumed to have always existed.  In both passages, God existed.  In the John passage, we find three things that make it a predicessor to Genesis 1:1:

  • The Word was already in the beginning.  “In the beginning WAS the Word”.
  • The Word was God and thus eternal.  We know from the remainder of the chapter that the Word is Jesus.
  • Time doesn’t exist until matter exists (since time is a property of matter), and thus, Genesis 1:1 starts the clock once God created matter.

Just some things to think about.

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