“According as He has chosen us in Him before the foundations of the world”. How can we possibly understand anything before the ‘foundations of the earth’? How can we explain a time when there was no matter, no motion, no space or even time . . . by using a word that we don’t fully understand ourselves? And how is it possible to really grasp the fact that we were chosen, “according to the foreknowledge of God” (1 Peter 1:2) before earth was even created?

The first verse of the Bible says, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” but that was only the beginning of the earth and all we are aware of. God had been busy before that time for who knows how long . . . if time is even a word that applies to eternity past and future. We are told that “In the beginning was the Word(Jesus Himself) and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”(John 1;1). But we know nothing of the activities of God and the Son of God before the beginning of earth and God’s creation, except for the fact that He preordained according to His own foreknowledge. How can we even begin to imagine or understand God before creation . . . let alone a God who can simply speak and the result be a created physical universe?

Considering all of this, it is quite disturbing to realize that there are many Christians who pass over these truths in a very shallow way and think they fully understand. They do not take the time to ponder the magnitude and power of such a God. They think of God as simply someone that is similar but much bigger than they themselves. As a result they have a measure of respect for Him (no real fear that brings wisdom) and will go to Him when difficulties come (things that they cannot control themselves) but ‘to live and have their being in Him’, to speak and commune with Him on a daily basis, to long for truth as “the deer pants for streams of water” (Psalm 42:1) like David, and to forsake all for the knowledge of Christ is unknown to them. The question then becomes, “Who are the real Christians?” And where do each of us, individually, fall within this picture? The wisest man who ever lived concluded after all his extraordinary accomplishments that “All is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 1:2) and “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man”(Ecclesiastes 12:13).