AlphA & ΩOMEGAΩ
THE BEGINNING HAS NO END ETERNITY IS FOREVER
GENESIS VERSE 1 CHAPTER 1 – LESSON 3
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
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This Short verse is packed with some very key words, concepts, theology, and decrees. Keyword one was beginning. The first lesson discussed that the Chapter of Genesis was aptly named as it contained many beginnings, such as, beginnings of the heavens and earth, light and darkness, seas and skies, land and vegetation, sun, moon, stars, sea and land animals, night and day, man and woman in God’s image, sin and redemption, enmity of man to Satan, and yes enmity to God, blessing and curse, marriage and family, life and death, weariness and rest, etc.
Random verses were chosen to discuss the word “beginning”. Galatians 3:3 discussed that our natural tendancy is to seek fleshly, (worldly pleasures and self satisfaction), in opposition to the teachings and requirements of spiritual living. It is not enough to begin spiritual living and then maintain a right to revert to fleshly satisfaction as we choose. The spiritual walk takes one along a very narrow path.
From Colossians 1:18; Christ was stated to be the head of the body, the Church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, and supreme ruler of everything.
From Titus 1:2 Christ’s resurrection and his rising from the dead guaranteed others would rise. This was God’s unequivocal promise from the beginning of time. God created men as eternal creatures. God cannot lie therefore eternity is for certain.
Keyword two from Genesis 1:1 was God. Lesson 2 scarcely scratched the surface of disclosing and revealing the Almighty God. God is Eternal without beginning or end. (Ex. 3:14). God is “Uncreated”. He created everything and everyone. (Gen 1:1, John 1:1-3).
God is one, (Deut. 6:4-9), yet He reveals Himself as three in one, God the Father, God the son, and God the Holy Spirit. (Matt. 3:16-17).
The “WAY” to get to know God the Father and God the Holy Spirit is to get to know God the Son or Jesus Christ. John 14: 15-20.
Reference the many names for God and Jesus in Lesson 2.
The key word for Lesson Three is Created or Creation.
I want to key on the eighth chapter of Romans for this discussion of creation. Starting with verse 16 and going through verse 32.
As we said above to get to know God the Father and God the Holy Spirit we need to get to know God the Son.
Any truly born again servant of God knows what it is to feel the inner workings of God’s Spirit within them. There is a quite reassurance that no matter what reality is facing us, God will see us through the present and if necessary into eternal union with him. It is the Holy Spirit that acts as messenger between God and the redeemed servant.
17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
As born again Christians we are adopted into the family of God. Since God is no respecter of person or gender all become heirs of the promises of God.
God changed our sinful nature by adopting each convert who professed faith in his son. God’s adoption makes converts brothers and sisters of Christ and co-heirs of all the fortunes of God. Heirs of all of God’s love, grace and mercy; His wisdom, power, truth and all his divine graces are given to the saints. In addition there are riches of glory, kingdom and eternal life.
Heirs of God Are one in Spirit with Christ and feel His suffering. Some experience suffering in a personal and physical way because they choose to teach and live the Gospel message no matter what the cost. As they suffer Christ counts their suffering as his own. Some experience the ultimate suffering ending in death, they do so knowing for certain that their suffering and death has purchased eternal glorification with Christ for all eternity.
18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that[i] the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.
More Than Conquerors
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,[j] who[k] have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
31 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
You are God’s Creation. Become his Heir!