The Beginning Before The Beginning
Jesus came to give us a new beginning – a second chance.
In the book of Genesis in the very first verse we have these words, In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. In the New Testament John opens his gospel with these words, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Both of these verses speak of beginnings and at first glance may leave us thinking they are speaking of the same beginning. But let us consider some differences in these two beginnings;
The Genesis beginning takes us to the creation of this present world.
In John’s beginning it goes back beyond the creation, beyond the beginning of this world.
In the Genesis beginning God is creating the world.
In John’s beginning Christ is with God the Father as God the Son.
In the Genesis beginning we see God the Father laboring over the creation.
In the John beginning he speaks of Christ as being a part of the Genesis beginning.
We see this word beginning as meaning two different beginnings. John actually speaks of the beginning of redemption when it was conceived as being the beginning.
Moses’ beginning is clearly described as the beginning of this cosmic world as we know it.
Moses was speaking of the beginning of the world.
John was speaking of the beginning of the redemption of the human race.
We see these as two different beginnings and feel that to be important for the following reasons.
Moses was the author of Genesis which is the revelation given to Moses by God telling of the beginning of the creation of man so that man has the facts about his beginning and God’s original intention for man. Genesis is speaking of the beginning of the material world in this mortal life. It is the beginning of time and everything as we know it to be in the cosmic world around us. It all came from the hand of God.
God gave John a revelation of the beginning before the Genesis beginning! Yes, in John’s revelation God is not speaking of the beginning of the world but the very beginning when Christ became the redeemer though yet in eternity before the creation of the world. All while God labored over the creation of the world He knew His son would die in it. In Genesis God is speaking about the beginning of the material world; but in John God is speaking of the eternal Word and that the Word, Christ the Logos, existed before the world was created.
The Two beginnings have two meanings for the Christian. In the Genesis beginning man rebelled against God and lost his first estate, that is, his first relationship to God and the privileges God gave to man when he was yet in innocence. God gave to man the privilege of intimacy and fellowship with the omniscient creator. Man was placed in a idyllic paradise which God had created to be his habitation. Man was given the freedom to eat of all of the exotic fruits of the garden of Eden and live in a perfect environment.
The freedom God gave man was unlimited except the man had to remain under divine government holding his creator as his sovereign. To prove that love of man for his creator God gave the man a law for him to obey to prove that love. But man listened to the subtle and enticing appeal of positivism presented to her by the Satanic voice and chose the words of the snake over the words of God. There were no negatives in the message of the snake. The message of the snake is the same today, it eliminates the negative prohibitions from God’s Word presenting half truths as whole truths (which is no truth at all!). The Gnostic in the beginning of the church age and the Charismatics at the end of the church bear the gospel of love for the spirit of man but completely void of the negative prohibitions putting restraint on flesh nature of man. They are both the gospels of the snake.
This choice, as all choices do, reveal the love man actually when he accepted ideas in direct conflict with what God had revealed to him and commanded him. When Adam and Eve chose to believe the snake they proved their imperfect love for God. Love is proven by choice. Choices constitute the true character of any man and are the determining factor of his destiny and whether he makes heaven or hell his home. I believe and give credibility to the one I love. This principle is the strong theme throughout the Bible narration. Jesus indicated this very great principle of love when He said, If you love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15) Notice the ME and MY in Jesus’ statement. When He uses ME He is speaking of His person as Savior and Messiah.
But when He uses MY He is speaking of His Word and as Lord and Savior.
If I love Jesus I will love His commandments. To love Him as a person apart from loving His Word can happen and is the experiential reality in many Christians lives and they don’t even know it or understand it – but it is possible. Apostasy is the condition of being emotionally involved with the person of Jesus and at the same time not regarding carefully His words, His teaching and His doctrine. But to separate them can leave me with an invalid faith in Christ.
Why call ye me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Luke 6:46.
If I love God I will regard His commandments. I will have a positive and glorious respect for the instruction He gives me in His Word.
Love for God is synonymous with obedience.
Disobedience is synonymous with contempt and imperfect love.
Listen to Jesus Words found in John 14:21-23; He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves me: and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. (22) Judas said unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that You will manifest yourself unto us, and not unto the world? (23) Jesus answered and said unto him, IF A MAN LOVE ME, HE WILL KEEP MY WORDS: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
Adam and Eve lost the first beginning when they disobeyed the Words of God. But they had no sooner been judged and cast out of the first beginning when God, the great God of mercy and compassion for His creature, began to work in man’s behalf with a plan to give man a second beginning and send the Last Adam, to launch a new start that would restore man back to fellowship with God. Before the rebellious and fallen Adam and Eve left the gardens of paradise God draped their bodies with the skins of animals slain to provide a double covering for Adam and Eve’s rebellion against God.
When God provided the skins of animals He did two things;
1. He covered the nakedness of their bodies and by doing this instituted the sacredness of the human body setting a contrast between aprons and coats as representing the difference between the human concept of the body that cheapens the purpose of the body practiced by depraved human culture and the divine purpose of the human body as a holy temple of God. Decency and modesty are holy virtues, expressing the holy attitude toward the physical body.
2. God Himself slew the animals and in doing so shed the first atoning blood revealing the perfect justice involved in making atonement for sin. Yes, only blood can atone for sin because sin and rebellion against God is the grossest act of open rebellion against God that man can commit against God. To disregard what He teaches me, what He is saying to me, what He is telling me in plain language is inexcusable rebellion. This is true of any person of rational age and sound mind.
The Blood of Jesus is your only legal way of staying out of hell.
There is only death in sin and only life itself is equivalent to death. For this reason the only penalty that can be demanded as a just and equivalent penalty against sin unto death is the blood or the very life of the sinner, for it alone represent life the sinner forfeits when he rebels against the giver of life. Blood (death) is the only equivalent to death. You will hear me mention this great atoning principle again and again in the AMEN! It is the very heart of the gospel that saves men from the sin! Oh, if only more sinners and saints alike would stop and reflect on this great eternal fact that God has provided the blood!
Justice required the blood to save man and
God provided the blood that justice required!
God has provided everything to give man a second chance to make heaven his home. It is a good thing for the sinner that God gave His Son to become one of us and in becoming human became my sinless substitute on the Roman cross. The reason I say it “is a good thing” is because there was no other way we could have been redeemed except by the provision that only God could provide a sinless human Lamb!
Upon this earth, you see, there is and never was such a thing as a sinless man until God emptied Himself into the body of Jesus! So God, in His great heart, devised a very miraculous plan to send His son into the world and become a man – a sinless man. When Jesus was born into this world this planet received for the first time a created being that was both God and man walking among us. He came for one reason – to give man a second beginning, to be born again by the Spirit of God becoming a new creature with citizenship in heaven!
The Genesis beginning represents the beginning that man rejected. To have a new beginning Jesus came to give us a chance for a new beginning.
The first Adam took us out of paradise.
The second Adam put paradise back into us.
The gospel of John is the gospel of the second beginning. It begins with a decision to believe what Jesus came into the world to teach us. Man lost God when He rejected His commandment in the gardens of paradise. But it does not matter how far sin has driven you down the rough road to hell, you can be saved and restored by simply coming to Christ and repenting of your disobedience and tell the Lord you want to turn around, you want A SECOND CHANCE, A NEW BEGINNING, and He will give you that new beginning! When you do that and invite Jesus into your heart you will know it! He has entered your now to reverse the moral waywardness. That wonderful peace and presence of God now possessing your heart is actually the power of God and the new nature you have now and that desire to please Him and obey Him is the proof that you are indeed born again!
Now you cannot get enough of the Word of God because in it you find the only thing that satisfies and strengthens that new nature inside of you.
There is no reason why any man, woman or child would remain in sin under the curse when Jesus came to give us a new beginning!
Listen to His voice. We can gain everything back that Adam and Eve lost by obeying His every word – especially when He says, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Hear the counsel of His Mother Mary at the wedding of Cana, Whatsoever He says unto you, DO IT! When I put my faith in Him it means much more than just believing in the person of Jesus, it means I believe everything He says to me, everything He promises to those who come to Him in faith, believing.
But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. John 20:31