“In the beginning, God…” This was how God wanted the world to know Him – that He was from the beginning. There was nothing before Him, hence nothing gave birth to Him and He came from nothing. He simply existed and continues to be forever and ever.
Theologically, there is a term for this attribute of God – we say that God is Eternal. You might not realize it but it is really a loaded term. There is more than meets the eye. However, Christians have only scratched the surface in knowing the Eternal God.
Most people understand the Eternal-ness of God in terms of the fact that God will never die but live (or exist) forever. While this is true, totally true, it is only the beginning in the understanding of the eternal attribute of God.
When we say (or the Bible, to be exact) that God is Eternal, we are also saying that God exists outside of the dimension of time. What this means is that there is no past, present and future from God’s point of view, only now. Let me illustrate this for you.
Typically, we would represent history using a timeline and mark on it the years in which major world events occurred. For God, however, it would be different. Instead of a line, God’s perspective on history (or His-tory) would be represented by a dot (.). Within it lies the past, the present and the future. This includes all His words: His promises, His warning, His prophecies.
Let me know take you back to the first chapter of Genesis to show you the Eternal-ness of God at work.
We all know that the way God created the heavens and the earth, the sun and the moon and the stars was by speaking them into being. God spoke…and it was. From this we learn that God’s Word is powerful. But more than that, we should also see that the reason His Word was fulfilled instantaneously is because of His Eternal-ness. Unlike in the case of finite man, where a lapse of time exists between his speaking and his doing, no time separates God’s speaking and doing. At the same moment (I am using the language of man here), what God says is done. And since no time separates God’s speaking and His doing, there is “no time” for Him to change His mind or amend what He has said. For this reason, all of His promises are faithful, and are ‘Yes’ and “Amen’ regardless of how long ago the promises were made.
It can be a challenge for some to wrap their minds around this, but try they must. Because many have not grasped this attribute of God, they continually struggle with doubt concerning the promises God has made to them. Over time, questions like “Does the promise God made still stand?” “Has God changed His mind?” come to mind and shake their faith. Let them settle it once and for all that God is not a man that He should lie, or a son of man that He should change His mind. If He has said it, He will do it; if He has spoken, it will come to pass (Num 23:19 paraphrased).
Taking this one step further, I will now show you that it is possible for us, in fact expected of us, to act as God did.
In Mark 11, Jesus, together with His disciples, was on His way to Jerusalem and became hungry. Seeing a blossoming fig tree and thinking that it would probably have figs, Jesus walks towards it only to find it barren. So He cursed it saying, ““May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it. The next day, as they passed the same fig tree, the disciples noticed that it has withered from its roots. Peter, remembering what transpired the day before, said to Jesus, “Teacher, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered.” In response Jesus simply said, “Have faith in God”. The question is: Who caused the tree to wither and die? Did God, or was it Jesus? The answer is found in the context, in what Jesus tells His disciples next.
Following this, Jesus begins to tell His disciples that if they were to say to a mountain “Be taken up and thrown into the sea” and not doubt but believe that what he says will come to pass, it will happen.
At a different time, Jesus told His disciples that if they had faith the size of a grain of mustard seed and when they said to a sycamore tree “Be plucked up by the root and be planted in the sea” it will obey them.
What these two passages of Scripture, words spoken by our Lord Jesus, point to is this: that OUR words have power too. And simple faith was all it takes for us to act as God did at creation. When we speak in faith, time will be compressed and our words will materialize immediately.
Unbelievable? Not really. This is precisely the phenomenon that occurs in supernatural healing. When words of faith are directed at the sickness or at the body part that is diseased, healing is produce. What would have taken months naturally, now takes only seconds or minutes supernaturally.