Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."This is a profound statement. "In the beginning...", think about that! That's "day one" of it all. That's before matter existed! Within the bounds of infinity there was absolutely nothing at all; that is from a empirical standpoint! Alone in that void was one "thing". I don't want to undermine God because he's undefinable and "thing" cannot begin to represent a just, all-powerful, loving God, but I need to express a thought!
Revelation 1:8 "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty."God's contention is that he not only preceded "the beginning", but caused it! Out of nothing everything became into being! Likewise, after all is gone, all the material and energy is dissipated God will still Be! His "Being" is his name:
Exodus 3:14 "And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you."Explain God to me, if you will! He's beyond explanation and he strictly "IS" and has always "BEEN". Beyond that, his existence is "glory":
Deuteronomy 5:24 "And ye said, Behold, the Lord our God hath shewed us his glory and his greatness..."God has two aspects which he has shown to man. We have seen "his glory" and "his greatness". Let's tackle "greatness" first. Genesis 1:1 is a testament to his "greatness". Everything, everywhere in all times was created by God and is a result of his omnipotence and omiscience (all powerful and all knowing). He is beyond time and space. God IS great! Revelation 1:8 calls him "the Almighty"! That's his "greatness".
Some don't give God credit for his greatness. What was created from nothing is credited to coincidence. It was the "God of Chance" who stood aside and watched it all happen by itself without cause. Although even science knows it's not possible to have an effect without a cause, the "beginning", for them, was without cause! Sane people know that there must be a cause! That's God's "greatness"! He caused it all!
The second visible aspect of God is his glory! Now try to explain that one to me. Glory, from Latin gloria means "fame". It's being highly honored and a celebrity. Ezekiel saw this vision of God:
Ezekiel 1:27 "And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about. 28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake."What Ezekiel saw in his vision is really beyond words, but this is his weak ability to describe the most glorious entity of God. His vision fits the exact presence of God who passed by Moses on the mountain in his glory.
Therefore, in the beginning there was only Glory and Greatness. His greatness was his power and his glory his royal presence, so royal that mankind could not look upon God's glory.
In the beginning there was more than nothing. God's existence was in the vast space of nothingness. He created others so that he could interact and be loved. Rather than the love and companionship he desired, God, like Seinfeld, had only the companionship with a bunch of imperfect bumblers. His love for us anyhow is what is called "grace". In the beginning nothingness was filled with hope!
Imagine, if you will, only God and nothing else to the very ends of the cosmos which is neverending. It's theorized that we're near the center of the universe and as one proceeds outward all heavenly bodies accelerate at the fringes of the universe. As they spirally speed away from each other the density of occurrence of cosmic bodies is so sparse that "something" gives away to absolute "nothingness". "Nothing" goes on for infinity. If a person could travel, even faster than the speed of life, after the known universe is left the traveler could travel forever in nothingness. It may be that somewhere in the middle of "nothing" may be "something" again and again. Other universes without bound as large as our own may exist, and their number is without end!
That's mind-blowing! Nothingness, forever, eternal, neverending, timeless, etc! God did it! That's his Greatness and there is no other explanation. His Glory is his very Existence. He's more than power as seen in his brilliant light, but he is Shechinah. That's the Light or Presence of God!
In the beginning there was Glory, Greatness and nothing else! There were no First Heaven nor Second Heaven. Those spaces were void, but within the "Nothingness" there was a "Third Heaven", which incidentally was first! In the beginning there was nothing and that void, or absence of anything, was filled with "Something". The "Third Heaven" is paradise and is where there is a presence of God. It's God's house!
Acts 7:49 "Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?"Heaven is where God IS. There was never nothing! There was always heaven because God always "rested", or resided somewhere. There is hope in what that means! We're not dependent on things which exist in physical form. We have what's unseen.
2 Corinthians 4:18 "While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal."This is our hope! Right now, just as black holes cannot be seen in the cosmos, but there is evidence that they're there, there is another "place" unseen which is eternal! Although we can't see paradise, we know it's there. It's the "house of God". It's in the "kingdom of God". We know that it's there because that's where Jesus went!
John 12:15 "Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt. 16 These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him..."When was Jesus "glorified"? I believe it was at the transfiguration. It's no coincidence that Moses was there because Moses had been on Holy Ground before. He had stood in the presence of Glory before and here he was again. Jesus was transfigured from an uncomely man into Glory. His state of being "Emmanuel" (God With Us) was made complete when God fully endowed him with the FILLING of his Spirit. (God had been baptized, but the Spirit had landed ON him. Now he had the filling!). His Greatness was saving all mankind and his Glory was being God! He was the Light of our salvation!
In the beginning... nothingness... forever... eternal, neverending! God did it all! The Bible is "His Story". The tale is his-story (history). Unlike a story about nothing, the Bible is a story about everything!
Seinfeld and friends ran around without purpose and lived without hope. It was a sit-com of fantasy, but it's story is real. Most people are Seinfelds! Their lives are about nothing. Since I was a young teen, my life has purpose. All my life is about something. God took the "nothing" from my life and replaced it with "something"! That something is "hope" and when there is nothing again, I'll still have the presence of God. I'll be in paradise for ever and ever and won't be alone. There will be Greatness and Glory there!