The Old Testament Revelation concerning Eternity Past -- By: Merrill F. Unger

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 114:454 (Apr 1957)
Article: The Old Testament Revelation concerning Eternity Past
Author: Merrill F. Unger


The Old Testament Revelation concerning Eternity Past

Merrill F. Unger

Music gladdens and beautifies our lives, but, in a world of sin, noise and disharmony often drown out melody. Wisdom ennobles the soul, but among fallen men foolishness and ignorance abound. Truth refines the spirit, but, in a society threatened by numerous ills, error flourishes and falsehood often triumphs. Light guides the feet into paths of righteousness and peace, but darkness frequently casts a heavy pall over men’s eyes and causes them to stumble into misery and confusion.

In the dimness of eternity past, however, there was a time when no discord disturbed the infinite harmony that prevailed. There was no folly to defile perfect wisdom, no error to mar pure truth, no darkness to invade unsullied light. He, who is a Being of infinite wisdom and truth and the source of all purity and power, alone existed.

God in Ineffable Glory Shines Forth

“In the beginning God…” (Gen 1:1; all Scripture quotations from American Standard Version). “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God” (John 1:1–2). In majestic aloneness the eternal Being who covers Himself “with light as with a garment” (Ps 104:2), who dwells “in light unapproachable” (1 Tim 6:16), who “is light” (1 John 1:5) and “the Father of lights” (James 1:17), existed in infinite splendor. Before ever there were the stars and

the planets in the vast celestial spheres, before there was sun or moon, before there was an earth with mountain, valley, plain and sea, before there was a blade of grass, a flower, a tree, a bird, a man or a beast, God was. Before the dawn of time, inhabiting the womb of eternity, He who is “the Alpha and the Omega…who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (Rev 1:8), resided in the solitude of His own effulgent glory.

In the limitless expanse of eternity past the ever-blessed Godhead, Father, Son, and Spirit, enjoyed the sublime fellowship of its own triune being. This exalted communion was perfect, because the triune God is perfect. The Word who was “with God” and “was God” (John 1:1), and set forth as Wisdom in the Book of Proverbs, gives a lofty account of the beatific relation between the Father and the S...

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