“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” – Gen. 1:1
This is the opening verse in the Bible in the Book of Genesis, yet few ever really stop and think about what it says. The word ‘beginning’ is a translation of the hebrew word rā·shēth’, which means beginning or first, and the phrase ‘in the beginning‘ means time began at the first of creation. Most people just assume time goes on forever but, time had a beginning and it was made for man, as was all the creation. God is beyond time, He is eternal.
From the beginning God wanted mankind to know the boundaries of time. As King David wrote – Continue reading
I love the 3:16’s in the Bible and the one that most people have heard of is in the Book of John, the beloved disciple –
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16
Another important 3:16 is found in 1 Corinthians and it reveals that we are the Temple of God because the Holy Spirit dwells in us. But, as the picture above reminds us, fire is a part of being the Temple of God. When John the Baptist prophesied about the coming Messiah, he said –
“John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” – Luke 3:16