1. Has God always existed?

  • Yes – Classic age old question that has puzzled many a philosopher down through the ages …it’s a question that entertains the young and old alike, my six year old son ask me this very question a few months back “Who made God?”… brought many to tears in frustration due to mans limited capacity to comprehend eternity…point 1!
  • Gen 1:1In the beginning [of the world] God…created the heavens and the earth – God existed in the beginning, implied in the statement is that he only existed in the beginning. The narrative begins at creation 6000 years ago, we aren’t told specifics prior to this.
  • Time is a construct of the created universeevening and morning were the first day – God operates outside of time and is therefore not constrained by it
  • Isa 40:12, 18, 22[God] who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span…to whom then will you liken God, or what likeness compare with him? An idol!…it is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, who stretches out the heaven like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in – picture of God sitting outside the universe and creating it
  • Psa 90:1-4 (Prayer of Moses) – Lord you have been our dwelling place in all generations…from everlasting to everlasting you are God

Everlasting = the vanishing point; generally time out of mind (past or {future}) that {is} eternity

For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night1 day = 1000 years. Implies from creation to today is less than a week for God. Life expectancy in Australia is 82 years, for God this is equivalent to 30 million yearsa large number!

  • Psa 103:17 (Psalm of David) But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him – you can’t have the love of God without God himself. Context man’s short lifespan is compared to gods everlasting timespan
  • I Tim 1:17(Paul) – To the King of ages [KJV: eternal], immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever. Amen. = perpetuity, also past (Strong’s dictionary)
  • I Tim 6:16who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see – we know Jesus has immortality (2 Tim 1:10) and that the faithful will be granted immortality (1 Cor 15:53-54) so this must mean immortal for all time (past and future).
  • Rev 1:4, 8 (Jesus) – I am the alpha and omega, the beginning and ending, saith the lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the AlmightyA continuum of time infinite.

Clarkes commentary – that which “WAS” is the eternity before time, that which “IS” is time itself, and that which “IS TO COME” is the eternity which shall be when time is no more

  • The concept of infinity – Hard for human mind to comprehend infinity…we are bound by time. Recall opening comments – God is not bound by time, existing in timeless eternity is a more accurate concept. Where there is no time, there is no concept of a starting point or end point. Therefore there is no need for God to be created, he simply exists eternally.

Heb 11:6He that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him Ultimately requires faith – everything requires faith whether you believe in God or science or anything else – I would argue that it take more faith to believe in science than to believe is a God who has always been and who designed the universe and all that is therein.