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  • Writer's pictureKevin Whisman

Relational Design Part 1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” John 1:1-2

What’s your favorite story ever told? How does the story begin? The telling of epic stories begins with epic lines. It’s a glimpse into the greater story that’s about to unfold. For the Holy Bible, it’s “In the beginning…” Often, though, we consider this line as it unfolds in Genesis and the start of creation. However, this line is also found in the Gospel of John and gives us a glimpse of things happening prior to creation.

After having other’s read John 1:1, I like to ask who is this “Word” being referenced? As we continue to read up to verse 14 it becomes clearer John is referring to Jesus. Consider this in regards to John, verse 1 and 2. In the beginning was Jesus. Jesus was with God in the beginning. I have emphasized “with” because I’d like that word to be given more attention.

Now, let’s look at Proverbs 8:22-31 with specific emphasis on Proverbs 8:23 which says “I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began.” If you consider Proverbs 8:1 this “I” in verse 23 is referencing “Wisdom.” So, I like to ask the same question as before. Who is Wisdom? I believe Wisdom is Holy Spirit.

If we begin to put this together for a moment, this understanding would mean Jesus was with God, Holy Spirit was with God, and now we read in Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” What’s the point of examining these verses? We need to understand how our story began. The story God is telling never began in isolation. God was never alone. He existed as the triune God in perfect harmony and unity with each other. The Trinity existed prior to “in the beginning” and, together, they created man.

Their relationship with one another is incredibly crucial as we begin to understand our own story.

Prayer: God, thank you for being the author and perfector of my story. Open the eyes of my heart to see your creation of me more clearly. May I live today in deeper relationship with you.

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