At the beginning of my journey as a small boy raised in a Christian family the first few words of the bible that I knew by heart were the words, "in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth". I don't know if this beginning for me was also the beginning for many boys and gals of my age who happened to be raised in a Christian home like I was. And i don't know if those who were not as a privilege as myself to have Christian parents started their own journey, after conversion, also from the book of beginnings, the book of Genesis 1:1.
"In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light"(Genesis 1:3).
These were the first few words in my first bible class, they needn't be memorised, for my Sunday school teachers emphasized over and again this portion of the scripture until it became part of my heart! No need for memorisation, it came to me as a revelation and it went straight into my heart: God started it all even though no one 'started' God!
The emphasis of this scripture was clear, God who had no beginning and has no end, began the beginning and created the world we live in today! It was the first lesson I needed to learn as a young christian boy, God was and is at the centre of it all. He is the alpha and the omega! But this was not the only scripture that talks about the beginning. In John 1;1 there was another!
"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. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not"(John 1:1-5)
In my mind, these two scriptures are one and the same, they all talked about the beginning of the world! That was what I saw back then! I got fascinated with the word THE BEGINNING and studied every time that the word beginning was used in the scriptures and there were quite many of them! Some of these other scriptures with the words 'the beginning" were also related to these two other scriptures.
We had Psalm 119:160 that affirms that from the beginning God's word was true, "Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever"
Proverbs 8:22-23 practically confirms John 1:1, "The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was".
And in Isaiah 46:10 we were told that God declares "the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure". In other words the manifestation of God's works is preceded by the declaration of his word! Before he began the beginning he already declared what was to be done and created! Awesome God!
Apart from these other scriptures that confirm the first two scriptures that I quoted there are several other scriptures that had the word BEGINNING' in them. And if you are reading from the King James version which is the first translation of the bible from the original text you will find this word occurring 104 times.
Some of these scriptures include the popular Job 8:7 that encourages that even though your beginning is small yet your latter end shall greatly increase. There is also Psalm 111:10 that tells us that the 'fear of the Lord is the BEGINNING of all wisdom'. Non related scriptures you might say, but the point I am driving at is despite the numerous scriptures, both related and unrelated, that talks about the beginning the first two scriptures still stand out as the most important of them all!
The lovely word created the lovely world that we live in today. And when this written word becomes the spoken word it transforms into the living word. In other words when we have the word and then speak that word, the content of that which we speak becomes the living word that shapes our world!
Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1 were one and the same for me until when I look closer and I saw that though both of them are related and yet are different in some ways. While Genesis 1:1 talks about the beginning of the world, John 1:1 talks first about the beginning with the word and then the beginning of the world!
John 1:1 tells us other things that Genesis 1:1 didn't tell us, that before the beginning of the world there was the beginning with the word! First the word came and then the world was created, every other thing in the world came after the word! It was the word that birth the world! This is why even after this world has passed on, the WORD will remain forever! Jesus said in Matthew 618 that every other thing in this world will pass away but a jot or tittle of the law(the word) will not go unfulfilled!
This is why our lives must be grounded on the word!
The book of Genesis 1:1 tells us the beginning of the world but before the beginning of the world there was the beginning of the word. This we found in John 1:1. In other words before the world there was the word, the word was what birth the world! Hebrews 1:1 tells us this. The wonderful word created a wonderful world. The lovely word created the lovely world that we live in today. And when this written word becomes the spoken word it transforms into the living word. In other words when we have the word and then speak that word, the content of that which we speak becomes the living word that shapes our world!
The revelations of the word when spoken shapes the manifestations of our world. Hence we need the word!
Beginning from this February we will experience the word so that at the end we can experience and enjoy a lovely world.
We access the fullness of God through the riches of the word and we access the riches of the word through spiritual understanding. This is what we will look at in this new series, EXPERIENCING THE WORD. I believe that a strong foundation in the word is the surest guarantee for our success in the world! An understanding of this word will make us outstanding in the world. This will be the focus of our new series and I believe at the end we would all come to a better understanding of Gods word! Amen!
Thank you for reading and i hope this has been a blessing to you. Please do take time to comment and tell us how you have been blessed by this and also take time to share this word with your friends. God bless.