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Wordwise Insight, Issue #121
September 14, 2014
IN THIS ISSUE...
BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): When did God come into existence?
WORDWISE HYMNS: My Blog called Wordwise Hymns for you to check out!
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Birth of God
(When did God come into existence?)QUESTION: When did God begin?
ANSWER: Thanks for the question. It's one I have dealt with before (see When Did God Begin? ), but here are a few more thoughts. The answer is that God had no beginning and has no ending. He is "the everlasting God" (Gen. 21:33), "the eternal God" (Deut. 33:27), and "the King eternal" (I Tim. 1:17).
God always is, living in an eternal present. All other things in the universe were created by Him and for Him (Rom. 11:36; Col. 1:16-17), which means they had a beginning. He alone is uncreated and eternal. He established time and space as an environment within which we could dwell. But He is outside of both. He says to Jeremiah the prophet, "Do I not fill heaven and earth?" (Jer. 23:24). He is "the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity" (Isa. 57:15).
We get a sense of that eternal present tense when the Lord tells Moses His name. "God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM.' And He said, ‘Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: I AM has sent me to you.'" (Exod. 3:14). Similarly, the Lord Jesus, the second Person of the Trinity, says of Himself, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM" (Jn. 8:58).
When a person trusts Christ as Saviour, he or she is born again, spiritually, by a work of the Spirit of God (Jn. 1:12-13). When that happens, we are said to have eternal or everlasting life (Jn. 3:16; I Jn. 5:11). It is endless life. We will live forever, and enjoy the fellowship and blessings of God.
However, that is not the same as God's life. Our life had a beginning. His did not. As Moses said, "Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God" (Ps. 91:2). And when Micah prophesies about the birth of Jesus he describes...
(To read the remainder of the article, click on
Birth of God.)
MY BLOG ON HYMNS!
Come and Pay Us a Visit!I have developed a blog that is called Wordwise Hymns. As the title suggests, it is about hymns, and church music in general.
But as many of you will know, a blog is especially designed to facilitate a conversation on its particular subject. Readers can easily post comments about what they see, and I'm able to reply. I hope you will take part in the discussion!
Through 2010, almanac entries dealt with what happened in hymn history on each day of the year. Beginning in 2011, I hope to analyze hymns from a biblical standpoint, linking to the material that has come before.
My hope is that the blog will add to the value of the website and this newsletter, and promote some profitable exchanges on the subject of sacred music.
What happened on this day in hymnology? To find out, click
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