Look around you. Everything you can see has had a beginning. Your house, your car, people, and the earth you walk on. Everything. It is very difficult to envision anything that did not begin at some point. However, God has ALWAYS existed. Let’s begin to try to understand this phenomenon by reading Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Before God created our world, He obviously existed. Now let’s read John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” This verse is in reference to the Lord Jesus Christ, who is God and man. He existed before the beginning of anything…before the existence of Heaven, before the existence of the angels.

Psalms 93:2 tells us, “Thy throne is established of old: THOU ART FROM EVERLASTING.” We read in Psalms 90:2, “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING, thou art God.” From past eternity to future eternity, God has ALWAYS existed. Even before time existed, God existed.

In considering the importance of God’s eternal existence, let’s consider this: If God did come into existence at some point, then we would have to ask who it was that brought Him into existence. Whoever that was would have to be greater than God and the question would go back yet another step because we would have to ask what brought that one into existence, and so on and so on. This line of thinking could never end.

In Isaiah 40:28 and in Romans 16:26, our God is called the “everlasting God.” In 1 Timothy 1:17, He is called the “King eternal.” The very name, Jehovah (translated LORD in the KJV) means “the self-existent One.”

Nature teaches us that ‘nothing comes from nothing’ and that ‘everything comes from something.’ Our eternal God and Father is the exception to that rule. According to the scriptures we have just considered (and there are many more), God has ALWAYS existed. He existed before time because He created time. He is the self-existent One. Sometimes we do well just to accept what the Bible says and realize that we cannot understand it to its fullest truth. We are finite, but God is infinite. How thankful we should be that this eternal One loved us so much that He gave His only begotten Son to die for us so that we might have ETERNAL life, and live forever with Him in Glory. We read in Romans 11:33, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” (254.6)