In the Beginning was the Word – Tim Jones
In The Beginning was the Word
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created
the heavens and the earth
Common. Overused. Boring… For the vast majority of those who have or have had any connection to the church, we read or hear Genesis chapter one verse one and think absolutely nothing of it. This verse is stated and then glossed over as though there just isn’t much to glean from it, almost, dare I say, as if it is unnecessary. We are granted the gift of peering into the past, of enabling our minds to meditate on the spectacularly grand beginnings of a mighty awe-inspiring universe which God Himself spoke into existence… yet it is passed over without a second thought. To go even further, those of us who understand the redemption that is to be had through Christ neglect to look in the rest of scripture for deposits of its truth with the intensity deserved.
Consider for a moment that you found the legendary fountain of youth. It has the power to keep you young and strong forever and that effect takes place as soon you plunge into it. Yet in addition there are deposits of this magical water all over the land which unlock life transforming secrets of the already discovered fountain. Would you simply remain stagnant or would you search with all your might for those great deposits? In the same way, let us cry out to our God for His guidance and power in removing the desensitizing control that sin has over our hearts so we may be able to see again and again deposits of life resurrecting, soul transforming, and heart altering Gospel truths which lead us into an ever more intimate relationship with The Great I AM!
The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens; by his knowledge the deeps broke open, and the clouds drop down the dew -Proverbs 3:19-20. The bible makes it clear that our God knows, that he is a God of understanding, of wisdom, of purpose. God does not do things without reason nor does he do things for evil reasons. If this is true then for what purpose does God do anything, why did God create the heavens and the earth, and again, where does Jesus fit into all of this? Take a moment and read the following verses:
Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God
Isaiah 43:6-7 Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, every one who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory.
1 Samuel 12:20, 22 Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet do not turn aside from following the Lord . . . For the Lord will not forsake his people, for his great name’s sake.
Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Romans 3:25-26 God put [Christ] forward as a propitiation by his blood . . . to show God’s righteousness . . . It was to show his righteousness at the present time.
Isaiah 43:25 I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.
1 Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God
The great theme resounding like a trumpet through all of scripture is that God is ever for His Glory, and this is a great and wonderful truth because if He wasn’t then Jesus never would have come, Jesus never would have died in our place, and we would never be in right union with our Lord. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. With our focus and foundation now trained on God’s glorification of Himself, this verse begins to become clearer to us, we begin to uncover how Christ sits on the throne of this verse and the train of his kingly violet robe extends through every syllable!
The Hebrew word used for “God” in Genesis 1:1 is Elohim which is interesting because it is grammatically plural. When Moses tells us that God created all things, he chose, or was inspired to choose, a plural word for God. At first glance this might appear as a mistake or unimportant, yet that couldn’t be further from the truth. The doctrine of the trinity states that God is three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit who are in perfect unity and are one being, one God. This truth can be seen in the very first verse of scripture and what that tells us, just as the beginning of John does, is that Jesus Christ Himself was central to the creation of all things. He was present, He was aware, and He knew what was to come: His own crucifixion for the sake of His people. Before Jesus would be executed he said this, “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name” (John 12:27). Our Lord Jesus Christ through whom All things were made…and without him was not anything made that was made (John 1:3) can be found in Genesis 1:1 because this verse sets in motion the great act of Jesus coming out of heaven, humbling himself to the point of death (Philippians 2:8), and then gloriously resurrecting unto life, all for the purpose of bringing an everlasting Glory to His Father in heaven and to save underserving sinners because of the great love with which he loved us! (Ephesians 2:4, “!” added).
In an effort to train your own mind to seek out the Gospel of Jesus Christ in every passage, give Genesis 22 a try on your own!