Wednesday, January 13, 2016

In the Beginning Was God

“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
-John 1:1-5

In the beginning was the Word. In the beginning was God. The self-existent One. The self-sustaining One. The One who existed by Himself before anything else existed. I have often heard many people say that God created us because He needed us. They say He needed us so that He could have objects for His love. It sounds beautiful and sentimental and makes us feel good and/or important. However, if God needed us, that means He is incomplete without us. Basically, He would then be dependent on us. Without us, He is somehow “less than.” I do not mean to be a downer, but that is not the way God is described in this passage, or in the Bible. The Bible reveals to us a God who is perfect and complete, lacking nothing and in need of nothing. He existed for all of eternity past on His own and could exist into eternity future alone and never be “less than” in any way. The concept of the Trinity reveals to us that there is One God existing eternally in Three distinct Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. While we may not be able to comprehend that in this life, it does reveal to us that God needs only Himself to display His love – perfectly among the Three Persons of His nature.

So, if he did not need to create us, why did He create us? Because He wanted to make us to objects of His love. This paints a far more amazing picture than a God who had to create us out of His own need. Rather, He created us out of His own desire to include us in His love. In Him and in His love is where life is found. We are quick to settle for lesser things. We seek life in material possessions or fame or power or acceptance. We depend upon dependent things to find life. That is as effective as sucking on sand to get water when a faucet is right next to you.

Are you finding your life in God? He alone is perfect and complete and self-sufficient. Only He can satisfy your soul. 

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