The Story Before the Grand Story
From the very start, God speaks his love for us.
In the Bible there are two books that begin with these words: “In the beginning, God spoke.” The most famous is the Book of Genesis. In the beginning, God said, “Let there be light.” He spoke first and then creation happened. He made himself known; he communicated. He communicated his awareness. In fact, Psalm 8, the great psalm of creation, says, “What is man that Thou art mindful of him.” God is mindful of what he created.
He spoke, and out of that speech came all that exists. The other great book is John’s gospel. John begins his gospel in the same way. “In the beginning was the Word.” John Calvin translates John 1:1 “In the beginning was the speech.” The Greek word logos is used, but it’s the Hebrew word of genesis that John has in mind. God spoke at the beginning. He communicated, he decided, and he made his will known. “In the beginning was the Word, the Word is with God, the Word was God. All things were made by him.”
Soon we discover that the Eternal Word is Jesus Christ: John puts it this way. “The Word became flesh, and dwelt among us.” Jesus Christ is not a part of creation. Jesus Christ was with the Father in the beginning, and through him creation occurred.
So, in the beginning was the speech, and the speech was with God, and all things were made through him. Sounds just like Genesis, doesn’t it? “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have beheld his glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
There are two speeches. The first speech tells of the doctrine of creation. The second speech tells of the coming of Jesus Christ, the Lord of creation who ...
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Earl Palmer is a writer and speaker for Earl Palmer Ministries, and author of Mastering the New Testament: 1, 2, 3 John and Revelation (W Publishing Group).