Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning God…” NKJV
In taking only a portion of a verse I am always concerned with missing the context but in this case, I believe it appropriate to do so. Read the verse with me and notice it speaks of the “beginning” or the starting point or origination and then it offers the most captivating thought one could encounter, GOD. In the beginning God. That leaps off the page when I read it for it speaks of the “IS”-NESS” of God. God IS not simply WAS or WILL BE but HE IS.
Have you considered how many times the Bible says, “God IS” and then conveys a truth that is life changing? I will not attempt to exhaust the references but they are numerous but could we consider some of them in hopes of building your faith and confidence in Him.
GOD IS TRUTH…
He is present truth not simply past truth or future truth but PRESENT TRUTH. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life…” Numbers 23:19 declares, “God is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent (change His mind). Has He not said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” He is TRUTH and we know from John 8:32 that TRUTH liberates and makes free. That freedom is Salvation and the New Birth. The “IS”-NESS” of God inspires our hearts and gives us a complete contrast to the devil whom Jesus said in John 8:44, is a liar, the father of lies, and the truth is not in him. It is in the “IS”-NESS of GOD that we find the freedom and revelation of TRUTH.
GOD IS LOVE…
He is NOW LOVE not simply God has love but He IS love. That is the “IS”-NESS” of God coming to light again. In 1 John 4, there are numerous references to this truth as John declares GOD is LOVE. The apostle Paul highlighted a truth that should encourage our hearts in Hebrews 13:8 declaring that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Taking from that revelation we can anchor in our hearts the reality that God was love in the past, will be love in the future and is love in the present. Then when we view the extent of that love in John 3:16 we should be brought to our knees in humble adoration, appreciation, and awe. God loved us enough that Jesus would die on the Cross for our sin. God’s Love is found in His “IS”-NESS.
GOD IS LIGHT…
When darkness covered the world God spoke and called forth light for that is what He is and light dispels darkness. 1 John 1:5 tells us that, “…God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” He is completely devoid of darkness and light is more than truth it is a revelation and affords guidance. The Psalmist declared in 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Jesus, the Bible declares in John 1:1-5, “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 nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
God is the truth, love, light, life and the whole of the IS-NESS of GOD can be found in God’s declaration to Moses at the burning bush when Moses insisted on knowing God’s name. God declared in Exodus 3:14, “And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM.'” I “AM” not simply was or will be but I AM. The “IS”-NESS of God declares to us the NOW REALITY of Who God is, what God does, and what God has for His children.
He is love. He is power. He is truth. He is light. He is life. He is a consuming fire. He is mercy. He is longsuffering. He is THE LIVING GOD. Some want to declare in the thinking of the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche that “God is dead” but I’m here to declare that GOD’S NOT DEAD. No, No, No HE IS so rejoice in the “IS”-NESS of GOD. I encourage you to grasp the “IS”-NESS of God and as you discover the powerful revelations of His word and experience the awesomeness of His person you will find a new boldness and confidence in the face of the world’s darkness.
God bless you as you go through this wonderful day in Him!