Sunday, October 7, 2012

In the beginning was the Word

Time stands still in eternity. It is non existent. Our
human minds cannot comprehend when God
says: "In the beginning."
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John 1:1 - "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

John 1:2 - "The same was in the beginning with God."


Question:  

How did Jesus Christ come to be? What was [is] His origin?

Answer:

The Bible says:  "In the beginning"
referring to the "Word," which is Jesus Christ. The Scripture again interprets itself, because in verse John 1:14, it explains "who" the "Word," is. Jesus Christ was not only present when He was born of the Virgin Mary; He was present in eternity - "in the beginning."

Scripture teaches that one of the Triune God’s “attributes,” is that He is a “spirit,” [John 4:24] -- [Also, that He is “Invisible” -- 1 Timothy 1:17] Scripture also, ascribes to God, the quality of being, “Eternal.” That means that He has no beginning and no end. [Psalm 90:1;2] Hence, Mary, the (earthly) mother of Jesus, cannot be what some, erroneously term, the “Mother of God.”

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. - John 1:1;2

Think of it this way. The Bible (the Scripture) is God's communication divine written revelation; and Jesus Christ is God's Word communication made present in human flesh. Please note also: John 14:1f - John 16:1f regarding the Holy Spirit who was to fully manifest Himself after Christ's ascension into heaven.

So, if Christ was "in the beginning," (and He was) - when was the beginning? God does not grant us the full answer. But we are told in Scripture that God is "from everlasting to everlasting." - Psalm 9:1;2 ; Psalm 93:2

What is "everlasting?" Everlasting is forever. God, has no beginning, as He is eternal. "Beginning" is the word to express a period of time which has no defined limits. Think of endless outer space. This also reminds me of the one hymn verse words from "Amazing Grace," where it describes heaven's eternity:

When we've been there ten thousand years; bright shining as the sun.
We've no less days to sing God's praise; than when we first begun. 

When we say that "God is eternal" that is one way to express only one of God's divine attributes (characteristics). "Divine attributes" of God are:

*God is a spirit - John 4:24;39

Also, God is the following:

*Eternal - Psalm 90:1;2
*Unchangeable - Malachi 3:6 ; Psalm 102:27
*Omnipotent (almighty; all powerful) - Genesis 17:1 ; Luke 1:37 ; Matthew 19:26
*Omniscient (all-knowing) - Psalm 139:1;2;3;4 ; John 21:17
*Omnipresent (present everywhere) - Jeremiah 23:24
*Holy (sinless and hating sin) - Leviticus 19:2 ; Isaiah 6:3
*Just (fair and impartial) - Deuteronomy 32:4
*Faithful (keeping His promises) - 2 Timothy 2:13
*Benevolent (good, kind, desiring our welfare) - Psalm 145:9
*Merciful (full of pity) - Psalm 145:9
*Gracious (showing undeserved kindness, forgiving) - Exodus 34:6:7 ; 1 John 4:8

Please note:  The above divine attributes of God and corresponding proof Scriptures - taken from Martin Luther's Small Catechism ; CPH - 1943

How does the Triune God differ from (false) "gods?" Note the following 4 Scriptures:

* Psalm 115:1-8

"Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to Your name give glory, because of Your mercy, because of Your truth. Why should the Gentiles say, 'So where is their God?' But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases.

Their idols are silver and gold,the work of men’s hands.

They have mouths, but they do not speak; eyes they have, but they do not see; they have ears, but they do not hear; noses they have, but they do not smell; they have hands, but they do not handle; feet they have, but they do not walk; nor do they mutter through their throat.

Those who make them are like them; so is everyone who trusts in them." - Psalm 115:1-8

* John 1:14

"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." [KJV] - John 1:14


* 1 John 1:1;2;3


"That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life — the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us — that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ." - 1 John 1:1-3


* Hebrews 1:1;2;3;4

"God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they." - Hebrews 1:1;2;3;4

Jesus Christ was [is] the Word. He existed in eternity; and He was born into human flesh of the Virgin Mary. This is the miracle of the holy Incarnation as expressed in the words of the Nicene Creed:

The Nicene Creed, speaking of Jesus Christ:


".......And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, Begotten, not made, Being of one substance with the Father, by Whom all things were made; Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost [Spirit] of the Virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven; and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again with glory to judge both the quick [living] and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end......"

[Please note the whole Nicene Creed at the bottom of this page]


Finally:

The historic Nicene Creed, which was authored and codified in the 3rd Century AD makes reference to God's origin. It clarifies the relationship of the three divine persons of the Trinity [Triune God] The Nicene Creed helps us to understand the Triune God; and not only God the Father's role, but the origin of Christ, God's Son and God the Holy Spirit. 

In order to understand the beginning of this Gospel of John, it is helpful to note:

Time stands still in eternity. It is non existent. Our human minds cannot comprehend when the Bible says: "In the beginning." Why can't we human beings comprehend "in the beginning?" It is because we were created with finite minds; unlike our Creator, the Triune God whose whole spiritual being, is infinite. That infinite quality, could also be considered a divine attribute of the Triune God.

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The Nicene Creed - 325 A.D. - In its entirety

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, Begotten, not made, Being of one substance with the Father, by Whom all things were made; Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost [Spirit] of the Virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven; and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again with glory to judge both the quick [living] and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost [Spirit], the Lord and Giver of Life, Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, Who spake by the Prophets. And I believe (in) one holy Christian and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead; and the life of the world to come. Amen.


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Please finally note:


It cannot be understated that living faith is created and sustained by divine means. That principle divine "means" is God's written revelation - the Scriptures [the Bible]. 

Look at the following Scriptures to see for yourself what they say about their supreme importance to possessing saving faith. Note that saving faith in Christ the Savior is essential for your priceless soul: 

Romans 10:17 ; Romans 1:16 ; 2 Timothy 3:14-17 ; Acts 8:26-39











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