The Beginning of His Way

“The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old. “From everlasting I was established, From the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth. “When there were no depths I was brought forth, When there were no springs abounding with water. “Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills I was brought forth. While He had not yet made the earth and the fields, Nor the first dust of the world.” (Proverbs 8:22-26)

Creation did not happen as a result of a big bang in the universe, as that would require that there was a universe. It was the Creator that conceived and created the Heavens and the earth and all that was in His creation. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) It did not just happen by circumstance and any one with eyes to see and a mind to know understands that there had to be a plan for this creation to fit together in unity. It required Wisdom, the Wisdom that God possessed.

In Proverbs we read that the Lord possessed Wisdom at the beginning of His way. That is before creation the Lord possessed Wisdom. Possessed comes from the Hebrew word “qanah” and means to “set up” or “establish.” God blessed Abram and identified Himself as the God Most High who was the Possessor (qanah) of the heavens and the earth. “He blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth.” (Genesis 14:19) I would say that God the Most High established the Heavens and the Earth through Wisdom which He also established.

God’s eternal Wisdom and Word was with Him in the beginning. As we read from the Apostle John. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) Looking through Genesis chapter 1 we see that creation came into existence by the Word of God. In Proverbs we see that God established Wisdom at the beginning and that Wisdom was His Word which was from the beginning and was with God and was God. Jesus is the Wisdom of God and the Word of God’s Wisdom established before the beginning. “But to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:24)

Jesus is not a created being of God but God the Son. They Say that Jesus is the “begotten” Son meaning the only one. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) The Word “begotten” comes from the Greek word “monogenes” which means “pertaining to being the only one of its kind or class, unique in kind.”  There is only one true God, He is holy and a part from His creation. This fits the definition of monogenes which is used to describe Jesus, who is holy and a part from His creation. Jesus the Son of God and God the Father are one. “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.” (John 14:10),

Who better than Jesus as the Wisdom of God to come and dwell with men. We are His creation and who would love us in such an incomprehensible way than the one who knit us together in the womb. “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13) Who better to be the friend of mankind than the One who is faithful and true and showers His grace upon His own? Who else but the Son of God could come and teach the righteous way to have a right relationship with God the Father. Who else but Jesus could present the perfect example of righteous living that we could fashion our lives in His model, the model of His glory. “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

Before the beginning Jesus had glory above the heavenly host for He was God. Jesus the King of kings gave up His glory to come and dwell amongst His creation and to serve them. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45) He did it in the name of love as God is love. He came and laid down His life as the perfect sacrifice for sin that mankind’s relationship with the Father could be reconciled through Him. He was a man of sorrows, the suffering servant who lived as a man in spite of His deity. He came from glory and has returned to glory that we too can overcome the trials of this world. “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)

On the night before His crucifixion He prayed before His disciples, as His work was near completed here on earth, that He was committed to do the will of the Father that He would be able to proclaim from the cross the work is finished and man could be redeemed. Jesus prayed that His Father would restore the glory that He had willingly given up for the love of His creation. “Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.” (John 17:5)

The Lord possessed Him, established Him from before the beginning to everlasting. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” (Revelation 22:13) Jesus was anointed, ordained to be the One the Father had resolved to do all His works. Through Jesus God first created and then He held His creation together. Jesus the Lord of lords and King of kings will govern His creation and judge. He came to save and redeem His creation from the cesspool of evil from the evil one. One day not long from now He will return and establish His throne in the holy city of Jerusalem and His government shall never end. Thus, all this is ascribed to the Son of God who is the Wisdom possessed by God. “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16-17)

Before the beginning when there was nothing but a vast eternity and no heaven and earth. Before there was the abyss of deep waters, before the mountains were settled or before fields abounding across the earth, as there was no dust upon the earth. Jesus was there in all His radiance of glory to create and to redeem that which is lost. “And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Hebrews 1:3)

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

First Baptist Church of Durant December 14, 2016

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