"IN THE BEGINNING GOD CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH." (NKJV)
Here it is, the beginning of all things. Scripture does not give details or argue the fact that God exists, just a simple but POWERFUL statement, "IN THE BEGINNING GOD...".
REVELATION 1:8 "I AM THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA, THE BEGINNING AND THE END" SAYS THE LORD, "WHO IS AND WHO WAS AND WHO IS TO COME, THE ALMIGHTY". (NKJV)
JOHN 1:1-3 "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 WERE MADE THROUGH HIM, AND WITHOUT HIM NOTHING WAS MADE THAT WAS MADE". (NKJV)
We see that God was before all things. He is also after all things. He is eternal. It is hard for us to understand this concept because we are limited by TIME & SPACE. God has no such limits. He lives outside of time & space.
According to John 1:1 it was Jesus that made all things because Jesus is clearly called the word of God in Scripture.
REVELATION 19:13 "...AND HIS NAME IS CALLED THE WORD OF GOD".
Jesus is part of the Godhead and actually we see the entire Godhead at work in creation.
In the original Hebrew the word for God used here is "ELOHIM" and it is the plural of majesty. It means the "fullness of deity" or "God very God". The Trinity is seen at work at the very beginning with the use of the plural of deity here.
The verb for created is "Bara" and is singular and is always associated with God's creative acts. It always has God as its subject. It means to "create something that did not exist before". It is the type of creating that only God can do.
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This is an excellent breakdown of what the very first words in the Bible say. I am somehow both in awe and comforted by the knowledge that Elohim means God very God. It's as if to say there is no God beyond the Living Creator of our world. Praise His Name!
Wow! "God very God" That is majestic in itself! Thank you for this wonderful and refreshing article. Blessings to you, Tom.
I knew there's a lot stuffed into the very first verses of Gensis, but WOW!
Tom, this was excellent. I was blown away by what Elohim means - God very God! What a way to put it. Deb