What God was doing before Genesis 1:1
What God was doing before Genesis 1:1
Posing this question causes people to seek answers, or fabricate them as did St. Augustine in his fourth century “Confessions”. Where he said, “there was before no time, thus there was no before”. Isn’t it amazing how much a simple man can find in the bible when he just searches it out for himself? I pray that this study topic led each of you to the Word.
Remember too, there is only one rule for answering ‘Iron Men’ questions: Answers can not be our opinions or worldly philosophies – but answer unequivocally from the Word of God itself.
1. Having fellowship with His Son
Proverbs 8:22-30: 22 “The Lord formed me from the beginning, before he created anything else. 23 I was appointed in ages past, at the very first, before the earth began. 24 I was born before the oceans were created, before the springs bubbled forth their waters. 25 Before the mountains and the hills were formed, I was born-26 before he had made the earth and fields and the first handfuls of soil. 27 “I was there when he established the heavens, when he drew the horizon on the oceans. 28 I was there when he set the clouds above, when he established the deep fountains of the earth. 29 I was there when he set the limits of the seas, so they would not spread beyond their boundaries. And when he marked off the earth’s foundations, 30 I was the architect at his side. I was his constant delight, rejoicing always in his presence.
John 17:5: 5 And now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began.
John 17:24: 24 Father, I want these whom you’ve given me to be with me, so they can see my glory. You gave me the glory because you loved me even before the world began!
(For whatever reason He created Man, it wasn’t because He was lonely)
2. Creating the Angels and Stars
Job 38:4-7: 4 “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much. 5 Do you know how its dimensions were determined and who did the surveying? 6 What supports its foundations, and who laid its cornerstone 7 as the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?
3. He was choosing the elect
Eph 1:4-5: 4 Long ago, even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure.
2 Timothy 1:9: 9 It is God who saved us and chose us to live a holy life. He did this not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan long before the world began-to show his love and kindness to us through Christ Jesus.
(Some may argue reasons for this election, but that can not argue the fact of the election)
4. Planning for the church
Eph 3:8-9: 8 Just think! Though I did nothing to deserve it, and though I am the least deserving Christian there is, I was chosen for this special joy of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ. 9 I was chosen to explain to everyone this plan that God, the Creator of all things, had kept secret from the beginning.
(Before He created the upper atomospshere, he was planning the upper room)
5. He was preparing a kingdom
Matt 25:34: 34 Then the King will say to those on the right, `Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
(In the mind of God the 1,000 year millennium preceded the one week creation)
6. God planned a Savior
1 Peter 1:18-20: 18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. 19 He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20 God chose him for this purpose long before the world began, but now in these final days, he was sent to the earth for all to see. And he did this for you.
Rev 13:8: 8 And all the people who belong to this world worshiped the beast. They are the ones whose names were not written in the Book of Life, which belongs to the Lamb who was killed before the world was made.
(Long before He placed the first Adam in the garden, He prepared the second Adam for the cross)
References gathered from Dr. Harold Willmington, Liberty University