Knowing God: The Eternal Self-Existence of God!

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1).

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1).

“The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:2).

Before anything and everything existed, God existed: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Before heaven and earth, angels and humans, cattle and all other creatures great and small on earth, in the sea or in the air, God existed. In short, God was, is, and always will be. He is eternal. He is self-existent.

Theologian and author Arthur Pink writes, “In the beginning, God. There was no heaven, where His glory is now particularly manifested. There was no earth to engage His attention. There were no angels to hymn His praises; no universe to be upheld by the word of His power. There was nothing, no one, but God; and that, not for a day, a year, or an age, but from everlasting. During eternity past, God was alone: self-contained, self-sufficient, self-satisfied, in need of nothing. Had a universe, had angels, had human beings been necessary to Him in any way, they also had been called into existence from all eternity. The creating of them when He did, added nothing to God essentially. He changes not (Malachi 3:6), therefore His glory can be neither augmented nor diminished.”

The self-existence of God is documented in the praises of God’s people. Moses, in Psalm 90, writes:

“Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. You return man to dust and say, “Return, O children of man!” For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night. You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning: in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.” (Psalm 90:1-6).

Creation has a beginning and an end. Not so with God. Creation depends upon God (Acts 17:22-28; Hebrews 1:1-3), not the other way around.

Dr. R. C. Sproul explains, “When the Bible declares that God is the Creator of the universe, it indicates that God Himself is not created. There is a crucial distinction between the Creator and the creation. The creation bears the stamp of the Creator and witnesses to His glory. But the creation is never to be worshiped. It is not the Supreme.”

To contemplate upon the self-existence of God results in my finite mind becoming overwhelmed by the thought and ramifications of He who exists from all eternity. Everything which exists can be traced back to its origin.  Not so with God. There is no origin with God. There is no greater being that created God. God always was, is and always will be.

Meditate today upon Psalm 90. Praise the One who created you and who saved your soul. Praise the One and Only who is eternally self-existent.

Soli deo Gloria!


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