What is a foundation? It is the beginning of a thing. It is the first thing that is set in place.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the Heaven and the earth.
OT:7225 HEBREW> re'shiyth (ray-sheeth'); the first, in place, time, order or rank
What happened before Genesis chapter One verse One?
Who can tell me what book of the Word of God precedes, goes before, the book of Genesis?
If the Word of God does not contain information about a certain place, person or thing, then we should not try to speak about those things of which we have no information. The beginning of a thing is its foundation. And, the foundation of a thing is the first thing, the fact and reality of the support and the base of what is built thereafter.
34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:
35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
In the beginning, in the mind of God, at the time of the creation of all things, the plan of salvation existed in its complete fullness. No person has any knowledge of things which go further back than the beginning. Anytime a person begins to talk to you about what happened in heaven before the beginning, you should not believe what they say. Satan is a liar. Don’t forget that important fact. Satan likes to cause people to believe that he did certain things before the record starts in Genesis 1:1. He is a liar. Many false preachers teach their erroneous religious ideas about things for which there is no scriptural support.
I am very confident of the following statement: Nowhere in the Holy Scriptures do we have any record or statement of what happened before Genesis 1:1. We do know this: God had a plan for this world, for mankind and for the salvation of souls “from the foundation, from the beginning of the world.”
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Our heavenly Father prepared and provided a plan of salvation for you from the foundation of the world. We know nothing of what may have taken place prior to that beginning, that foundation, that first thing.
Each person who passes through this time world has a beginning with God. God has given each person life. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. No person lives through their childhood and comes into adulthood without realizing that they have been a sinner and in need of repentance and forgiveness. Therefore, all who have sinned have died. The wages of sin is death. Many who have died spiritually, have been born again, resurrected to newness of life. We have had a new beginning. If by faith and obedience we have been born again into the family of God, we have laid the foundation, the beginning of a holy relationship with God. Upon that holy foundation we are exhorted to be wise master builders.
1 His foundation is in the holy mountains.
2 The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
3 Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah.
4 I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there.
5 And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.
6 The Lord shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.
Where is God’s spiritual foundation? It can be found in His holy mountains, in Mount Zion, in the city of God where “this man was born there.”’ In the Old Testament, God’s holy mountain was Mt. Sinai and Mount Jerusalem where God met with the children of Israel and gave them understanding of His laws and commandments. In the New Testament, God’s holy mountain is the spiritual church of God. In the true church of God, you can find the truth of Jesus Christ who is the foundation for our personal relationship with God. The foundation of salvation is found in the house of God where true ministers teach the way of holiness.
24 I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations.
25 Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
26 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:
27 But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.
Of old hast God laid the foundation of the earth. And, of old hast God laid the foundation of the plan of salvation by His Son Jesus Christ. If you have not begun with Jesus, then you have had no foundation or beginning with God. Have you allowed the Holy Spirit to lay a foundation of truth in you?
1 Corinthians 3:9-13
9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
The only sure foundation we have is the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. However, we do know that some people are trying to build false doctrines upon the foundation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. These false doctrines are the work of men who are using wood, hay and stubble which will not stand against the fiery judgments of the Holy Spirit. It is your responsibility to make sure that you are building with silver, gold and precious stones which will stand the fire of God.
24 The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.
25 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.
The beginning we have with God is an eternal beginning. It should never end.
Truth is eternal. It will not perish. It will not change. The wicked will perish and be no more; but, the saints should never fall back into perdition. Jude 24, “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,”
Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation, a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
God can not lie. The foundation which God has established in Zion is a “tried stone.” It is a sure foundation. He that believeth will be careful what he builds on this foundation.
The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
God has not only laid the foundation of the earth; He has also laid the foundation of salvation for the spirit of man. God has designed the plan. He has set the boundaries. The Word of God is the book of instructions and the pattern which we must follow if we will build the truth.
Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
God, the Father, loved His Son Jesus Christ before the foundation of the world and He has put all power and authority in His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus became the foundation, the beginning of all things for the people of God. By faith in Jesus, we are born again, created a new creature in Christ Jesus. Acts 17:28 says: “For in him we live, and move, and have our being; “ Jesus is our beginning. He is our only foundation.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
God chose Jesus Christ before the foundation of the world. He also chose us in Him, Jesus, before the foundation of the world. It is not the will of God that any should perish and be eternally lost, separated from God.
3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.
5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:
The works of salvation and the plan of God “were finished from the foundation of the world.”
1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
3 And this will we do, if God permit.
How do you lay the foundation for your salvation? By repentance from the dead works of sin and by faithful obedience to the will of God. This is the foundation, this is the first works, that you repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God.
2 Timothy 2:19
Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
What is the seal which signifies that the foundation of God has been laid? That the person repents and departs from iniquity. Holiness is always the first thing with God. If an individual does not depart from iniquity, then the foundation of salvation has not been laid in his soul.
1 Peter 1:18-23
18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
The plan of salvation was not an after-thought which had to be implemented after Adam and Eve sinned. It was foreordained before the beginning/foundation of the world. We do not need to know anything about what happened before the beginning, the foundation of the world. Do not let Satan confuse your mind with foolish questions and doctrines which have no scriptural explanation. Satan loves to make people believe that he was once beautiful, bright and had his beginning in the heaven of God’s dwelling place. To be very clear and simple, the Bible does not tell us anything of the origin of God, The Son, The Holy Spirit, Satan or other spiritual being. Don’t clutter your mind with foolish questions. Have faith in God, believe His word, obey His word and live a holy life.
And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
The plan to send Jesus Christ, the Son of God, to be the sacrifice for the sins of mankind was foreordained from the very beginning. He was a “Lamb slain” four thousand years before it happened. Jesus came and fulfilled the great plan of God to deliver us from all our sins and make us holy for the glory of God.
Is it essential that every child of God understand all the mysteries of the Kingdom of God?
The Word of God teaches us to get knowledge and understanding. However, faith in God, obedience to what has been revealed and holiness are the keys to holiness and eternal life. We may not be able to answer every question. The most important question is: Are you walking in all the light which the Holy Spirit has revealed to you? Are you living a holy life, free from willful disobedience?
God created you to be a free moral person. You have been given the liberty to choose whatever you want to do and believe. As such, you are the responsible keeper of your own soul. My desire is not to force you to agree with me, but rather that you would accept the gospel of Jesus Christ as perfect and the best guide and principle for your life.