They were there...all of them.
Welcome Gokhan, from Turkey, to Morning Briefings!
How to grasp the eternal nature of God . . . how to understand the infinitewith a finitemind. For instance, Jesus was the only person who was alive before he was born - wait, how could that be? Where was the Holy Spirit before he came to the believers in the early church? Logical questions I have heard with reasoned, divine answers, known from what God has told us about himself . . . in.the.Word.
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I return to Genesis chapter One, (following http://pastorwoman.com/ReadArchive.aspx?id=2989), considering once again the miracle of Creation. GOD was fully engaged as himself, as a triune God, God in three persons. They were all there - Father, Son and Spirit, from the start of life as we are aware of it because they are One, eternal. Hang with me now.
Look with me at John's revelation of this truth:
In the beginning the Word already existed. John used the word 'logos'/Word to describe Jesus
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came into being through Him, (Jesus)
and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.
The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.1
I love how John ties the start of his gospel to the Genesis 1 account, In the beginning... God created the heaven and the earth. How? How did God create? Jesus did it. We look to Paul to explain: "The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him."2
Just how did Jesus create the heavens, the earth, Sun, Moon, stars, plants, animals? Did he take some clay and fashion them in his hands? Did he have a chemistry set and wear a lab coat? Did he first make a planetarium and then fling the stars out of the top? Interestingly enough, the answer comes from the Psalms.
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
their starry host by the breath of his mouth.
For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.3
And as John already told us (above-John 1, verse 3), "God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him." Jesus was, Jesus is, Jesus always will be; so too the Holy Spirit, who hovered over the waters at the time of creation.4
Coming to know God-all the mysterious facets of him in the three persons of the trinity-is such a fascinating journey, is it not? And in this example of the Creation, we see so clearly how the Bible interprets itself-how it all holds together in truth, why it is absolutely trustworthy. Nothing like it.
Thank you, God,
for giving us the written Word
through which we can know you,
your will for our lives.
Give us a passionate love for it!
1 - John 1.1-5, NASB
2 - Colossians 1.15-16, NIV
3 - Psalm 33.6,9, NIV
4 - Genesis 1.1,2