Posted by: Standing Solus Christus | June 26, 2006

King Eternal

As we continue in our overview of Article 1 of the Belgic Confession, today we will consider the fact that God is an eternal being.  The word “eternal” is defined as without beginning or end.  We affirm that the universe began when God created it without much difficulty.  However, it is difficult to fathom that in the beginning God was there prior to the creation.  Imagine there was nothing else except God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  The Scriptures, however, proclaim that God being eternal did not have a beginning nor will have an end: 

Psalm 90:2:  Before the mountains were born or You gave birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting You are God. 

Deuteronomy 33:27:  The eternal God is a dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms; and He drove out the enemy from before you… 

1 Timothy 1:17:  Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. 

What was God doing prior to the creation?  This is a question that I have been asked or thought about from time to time.  We are not told the answer, thus any response is mere speculation.  We do know that God was not lonely nor did He create all things out of necessity. The Triune God was in relationship together among each of the Persons of the Godhead.  Thus, God could have remained in this relationship forever and been content.  However, He did choose to create the universe and a people for Himself.   

God, being eternal, is outside of space and time which is almost impossible for us to relate with.  Since He is outside of space and time, past and future are not applicable to Him.  About this Francis Turretin makes the following comment in his Institutes:    

God has every moment at once whatever we have dividedly by succession of time.  Hence philosophers have well said that neither the future nor the past (he will be or was), but only the present (he is) can properly be applied to him.  For the eternal duration of God embraces indeed all time – the past, present and future; but nothing in him can be past or future because his life remains always the same and immutable. 3.10.6

Although, it is difficult to grasp that God is an eternal being we know from Scripture that this is the case.  He has always been God, not being born nor will he ever grow old. There must be someone though who was in the beginning, otherwise there never could have been a beginning.  Thus, it is only logical to assume that God is an eternal being, since the universe exists and could not have come into being out of nothing. 

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