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Genesis 1:1

Jesus Powered - Time and SpaceThe first book in the Bible; the word genesis means beginning, and the book of Genesis is in the beginning of the Bible and talks about our beginning. It is not just the beginning of Jewish people and the genealogy of Jesus, and it is not even just about the beginning of human history, but it tells us about the beginning of time itself.

“…the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity…” — Isaiah 57:15

God lives outside of time, in eternity, nobody created God, He has always been and will always be, He just is. From eternity, He create time and space, He created the beginning. He created time for us to perceive the progression of events that led from the fall of Adam to the death of Jesus and our way to salvation. With this perception, we can see the cause and effect of our sins and the way to redemption.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

In the beginning of what, in the beginning of time and space. But if God was in that time and space, how can He create the heavens and the earth? It must be that He is outside of time and space to be able to create it. This is what eternity must be, that it is not just an infinitely long time, but that there is no time at all. There is no end because there was no beginning, eternity, just is. Eternal life with Jesus is just that, we will be with Him forever and ever, but without time, we will just be with Him.

This article, The Most Important Verse in the Bible?, by Henry M. Morris, Ph.D. explains this verse much better than I could.

Jesus is Eternal

Genesis

The first page of Genesis

This is the most important book in the Bible, it tells us where we came from, who we are, where we are going, why we need a Savior and who is going to save us. It is the foundation to all the other books of the Bible and the foundation to our faith in Jesus.

This first book of the Bible tells us that we were created in the image of God, we were created and gifted with the ability to choose. We can choose to listen to and follow Him or we can choose to follow our own desires. Adam, the first man, chose to follow his desires and we also continually choose to follow our own desires. We choose things that make us happy and stray from what our Father, our Creator, has for us. Our sin is disobeying Him, the One who gave us life and to be brought back into His family, to be on speaking terms with our Father, we have to repay our debt, the grief and sadness that we have given Him. But that debt, that punishment, is so huge that we would never be able to repay it. God in all His grace and mercy and love, has given us a way to repay it, He has sent His Son to die for us, to wipe clean all of our transgressions. All we have to do is accept this gift, to accept Jesus as our Savior.

Genesis is traditionally thought to be written by Moses during the 40 days he was on Mount Sinai, that God spoke to him and told him the accounts as he wrote. I believe that Moses actually had these accounts already in writing, passed down through the generations and he compiled them into one book. There are nine separators of records found in Genesis and Exodus 1:1, these are marked with the words, “the generations of…” If these are subscripts or signatures of the accounts before it, written by the first hand eyewitness of those events, it gives the historicity of those records more weight. This leads to the conclusion that Genesis 1:1-2:4, ending with “the generations of the heavens and the earth,” is written by God Himself. He wrote it or perhaps spoke it to Adam, who did the actual writing, either way, the creation of time, space, earth, and everything on it was relayed to man by the One who was there, it is and will always be, the most accurate account of the origin of man. Take a look at this excerpt from Henry M. Morris’s the Genesis Record for more in-depth study of this idea.

One of the greatest resource that helped me understand the Bible from a scientific and logical standpoint is Answers in Genesis. It is through scouring their website and reading as much of their articles as I can that I have come to believe the Bible, God’s Word, and how I have come to know Jesus Christ.

Jesus is the Beginning

Philippians 2:12-18

12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

This is not to work to gain your own salvation, but that you have received salvation, so do the things you ought, but it is God in you that works, not just by your power.

14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.17 Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.

Here are the things you ought to do, it all goes back to being a living epistle, to not just say you are saved, but to demonstrate it in your actions.  Living a godly life, you will shine for the gospel of Christ in the midst of our crooked and perverse generation.  Shine in the darkness that is around us so that we can glorify the name of God and to draw more souls into the light.

God is Light.