Foundations: In the beginning…..

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

This is the very first verse in the Bible. It is the foundation that the rest of the Bible builds upon. I have had the opportunity to teach this verse twice recently…once to my adult Sunday School class (from the Explore the Bible Sunday School curriculum) and once to my junior youth discipleship class (I have been teaching them through the Baptist Faith and Message). There is a great deal that we can take from this verse. I will list five in this post. You may have others. If so, feel free to share them.

  1. The beginning referred to in this verse is the beginning of our universe. Our universe had a beginning. That sounds like a no-brainer but there was a time when some people believed that our universe had existed eternally. Most scientists now understand that our universe had a definite beginning. For Christians, this has been a known fact for as long as we have had the Bible.

    • (Hebrews 1:10) And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands;

    • (John 1:2-3) (2) He was in the beginning with God. (3) All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
  2. At the beginning of our universe God already existed. In order for God to have created our universe then He would have had to have already existed. This is a simple logical argument.

    • (Revelation 22:13) I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

    • (Revelation 1:8) “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

    • (John 1:1-2) (1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) He was in the beginning with God.
  3. God has always existed. Again, we will make a logical argument for this. The fact that something (anything) exists today means that something has always existed. Let me explain. If ever in all eternity past there was nothing, a complete void, then there would be nothing for eternity future. It is a basic natural law that something cannot come from nothing. Therefore, something must have existed (and will continue to exist) for all eternity. That something must have had the power to create other things. We, as Christians, believe that the something that has always existed is God.

  4. God is the Creator of all things. We are told in plain language that God created the Heavens and the Earth. This means everything.

    • (John 1:3) All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

    • (Psalms 102:25) Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.

  5. God is Sovereign over all His creation. To be sovereign means that God has the ability to define purpose and use for His creation. In other words, the Creator is always greater than the creation. God is creator and we are part of His creation. God’s sovereignty comes from His position of Creator