The following are important beginnings:
1. The beginning of wisdom.
Psa 111:10, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. A good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever.”
Wisdom has no beginning because Christ is the Wisdom of God. Wisdom is an attribute of God which exists as long as God exists. God is Self-Existent and Eternal, time without beginning and without end. For a man, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
When wisdom is applied to man it means full and broad intelligence, when wisdom is applied to God it means absolute and supreme intelligence. Wisdom originates from God. Based on my knowledge of the Scriptures, I define human wisdom as broad and full intelligence. Divine wisdom is absolute and supreme intelligence. Human wisdom no matter how broad is not absolute, no matter how full is not supreme. For that reason, human wisdom is fallible, but the wisdom of God is infallible.
The Bible is the Word of God, inspired and infallible. The Bible says: “And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore.” (1 King 4:29). If I understand what the Scripture says correctly, God gives wisdom to whoever He likes in different degree, extent, portion or quantity as well as dimension. It can be said that a few are more intelligent or wiser than most. Some are wiser than others. It is already difficult to know whether a person is wise or foolish because no one has all the facts. It is even more difficult to know whether this person is wiser than that person or not. Besides one may not live long enough to make a determination of the final outcome involving a person or event or time. Take notice that wisdom, understanding, and largness of heart go together. Largeness of heart does not mean enlarged heart, enlarged heart is a heart disease. Largeness of heart means a heart that can take in good and bad, pleasant and unpleasant with tolerance and endurance.
The Scripture says: “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom and in all your getting get understanding.” (Proverbs 4:7) The supreme thing is wisdom, not wealth, power, pleasure, glory, beauty, success, etc. Riches come and go, but wisdom is eternal. Most if not all rich people are corrupted by wealth. Interestingly when people got rich through wicked means, they invariably became philanthropists to redeem themselves. But that is phony charity. The love of money is the root of all evil. Power is a deadly pursuit. It was the root cause of the down fall of Lucifer. Obsession with power created tyrants, dictators and human monsters of varieties and caused wars, imperialism, colonialism, hegemonism, terrorism, genocide, slavery, and all kinds of brutalities. Pleasure or sex has degraded humans to animal level. The sin of pleasure produces homosexuality, lust, fornication, adultery, pornography, sex trade, drug trafficking, AIDS and STDs, etc. Glory is vain because it creates arrogance, self-seeking, self-centeredness, and hydrocephalic mentality. Beauty is not evil by itself, but it easily becomes an agent of vanity that ruins many lives. If Marilyn Monroe or Princess Diana were not beautiful women, they probably would not have tragic deaths. Success makes a person dizzy and self-important and that builds up one’s unholy ambition. Since riches, glory, power, pleasure, success, beauty, etc. do not make a person’s life happy or lead people to the right path – these are not supreme things in life.
Pro 9:10, “The fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
Note: In the matter of the world, I know and believe. In the matter of God, I believe and know.
The knowledge of the Holy One cannot be achieved or acquired by human wisdom or scientific inquiry.
2. The beginning of knowledge.
Pro 1:7, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge. Fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Note: Human knowledge is tentative, divine knowledge is absolute. Human knowledge is accumulative, divine knowledge is perfect from start to finish. Please read the article on Knowledge.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. If you do not fear the Lord, you have not begun to have knowledge. It sounds exaggeration, but if viewed from eternity, you short span of life is nothing.
This is a life and death example to illustrate how important knowledge is. Had the Chinese parents known that USC is low grade private university and located at one of the most dangerous places in Los Angeles, they would not have sent their children there. Had the Chinese students known that USC is a low grade private university and located at one of the most dangerous places in Los Angeles, they would not have attended the university there. Had they not attended the university there, they would not have died needlessly!
There are a billion (unknown number) of events going to take place in the world that the most knowledgeable and smartest scientist or scholar does not know what, when, how, where and why. If you dispute this statement of truth, I do not waste time and energy to argue with a fool. The same is true, no one knows when he/she is going to die. This truth alone should humble anyone and send you down on your knees and say to Jesus Christ the Lord of the Universe, "My Lord, my God!" For that reason the Bible says,
Psa 14:1,"For the choir director. A Psalm of David.
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; there is no one who does good."
I have no time to argue with fools. Only fools do not know the limitation of human knowledge or ability. A proud and arrogant person in whatever capacity is a fool. Atheists are fools. Evolutionists are fools. Warmongers, dictators, oppressors, supremacists, capitalists, imperialists, monopolists, and terrorists are fools of the highest order.
3. The beginning of strife.
Pro 17:14, “The beginning of strife is like letting out water; so abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.”
Note: The beginning of conflict is like opening the floodgate, once the conflict breaks out it is impossible to stop. That is why do not begin strife. Imperialism and colonialism and hegemonism are the root causes of many wars in the history of mankind. Terrorism brings terror to the world.
4. The beginning of months.
Exd 12:2, “This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you.”
Days, weeks, months and yeas are units of time. God counts time not the same way man counts time.
5. The beginning of barley harvest.
Rth 1:22, “So Naomi returned, and with her Ruth the Moabites, her daughter-in-law, who returned from the land of Moab. And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.”
Harvest is reaping. Only those who have sown will reap. If you plant nothing, you reap nothing figuratively and literally true.
6. The beginning of sin.
Mic 1:13, “Harness the chariot to the team of horses, O inhabitant of Lachish -- She was the beginning of sin to the daughter of Zion -- Because in you were found the rebellious acts of Israel.”
Note: Disobedience was the beginning of sin. Adam and Eve sinned against by by disobeying God’s command.
7. The beginning of birth pangs.
Mat 24:8, “But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.”
Mar 13:8, “For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in many places; there will also be famines. These things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.”
We are now facing pangs and tribulations in the world. The world will get worse and worse because the wicked will do worse and worse.
8. The beginning of the world.
Mat 24:21, “For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.”
Note: The beginning of the world is written in Genesis first few chapters. No one actually knows when was the beginning of the world. Scientists try to make themselves look smart by saying billions of years ago the universe began. Scientists do not even know the day of their death.
9. The beginning of the Gospel.
Mar 1:1, “The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”
Note: Historically, when God became Man in Jesus Christ, that was the beginning of the Gospel although it was ordained by God before the foundation of the world. When Jesus was born, hope was born so that sinners may be saved from eternal damnation and have eternal life. Gospel means good news, good news is the fact that sinful men may not perish if only they repent of their sins and believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
10. The beginning of creation.
Mar 10:6, “But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.”
Note: Human beings were a direct creation of God; it has nothing to do with evolution. Evolution is the greatest scientific myth. No one knows exactly when in the beginning God created man and the universe. Man is not evolved from lower species. Each animal has its own species. One species does not evolve into another species. Apes do not evolve into man, but many men have degraded into apes. The biggest and most evil ape today is the wicked prime minister of Japan who denies Japanese war crimes, genocide, sex slavery and atrocities of unprecedented nature in human history committed in World War II.
2 Pe 3:4, “And saying, Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.”
It appears to be that the world continues just as it was from the beginning of creation. Just mention global warming will dispute the assertion. Not to say the peoples of the world grow worse and worse. The environment gets worse and worse because of evil deeds of men through all sorts of pollution, especially air and water and land pollution.
Rev 3:14, “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this.”
Note: For those who are doubting, give up opinions of men. Jesus Christ teaches creation, not evolution. Do not think the Lord of life is old-fashioned, outdated, or unscientific. Our God knows the end from the beginning. Scientists do not even know the day of their end. Jesus Christ was God before the beginning of time. For those who pretend to be pious and want to be acceptable in the world, who claim to be Christians and yet believe in evolution -- you cannot serve God and false science. It is incompatible to be a Christian and an evolutionist at the same time.
Col 1:18, “He is also Head of the body, the Church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.”
I would not trade my Lord for all the scientists and scholars of all ages in the world put together! Why?
Hbr 1:10, “And, You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens (universe) are the works of Your hands.”
How could I, and how could anyone, trust scientists who were born yesterday, who live a few years and do not even know their end (the day of their death) to speak about the beginning of the universe or the origin of life?
11. The beginning of time.
Jhn 9:32, “Since the beginning of time it has never been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind.”
Note: Time is an interesting thing; the eternal God created time in the beginning. It is a ludicrous and laughing matter when scientists carelessly and casually and fictitiously speak about billions and hundreds of billions of years ago when they could not count the days of their lives! Where were they? God existed before time and space. God is eternal, from everlasting to everlasting, forever and ever. Children of God will be blessed in heaven with God forever and ever, time without end. The idea of time without end is only a faint reflection of the eternal God.
12. The beginning of our assurance.
Hbr 3:14, “For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end.”
Note: Our assurance in Christ is eternal, no man and nothing can change it. Once a person is saved in Christ, he/she is forever saved in Christ. No one can take a believer from the hand of Christ. The moment you are born again or saved is the beginning of assurance that you will never perish. All who have been saved in Jesus Christ are assured will never perish.
Let today be the beginning of your new life. All you have to do is to repent of your sins and accept Jesus Christ the Son of God as your Lord and Savior.
Gal 6:15-16,“For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. And those who will walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.” Religious rites do not save and do not matter, what matters is a new life in Jesus Christ.
Everything which has a beginning will have an ending. Even Heavens and Earth will pass away. God will create (I believe they have been finished) a new heaven and new earth and the New Jerusalem for His children. When Jesus Christ returns, everything will be consummated for His power and glory.
If you repent of your sins and believe in Jesus Christ today, you will have the beginning of new life.
God does not have a beginning and no ending, because God is Eternally-Self-Existent, the Everlasting Father, forever and ever. What an honor and glory to become children of God. You can become children of God by accepting and believing in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Will you do it now?
January 1, 2016
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