What happened before God created the world?

The Bible primarily is a book about the redemption of man, and as such there are certain topics that are not exhaustively covered (c.f. Deut 29:29).  One such topic is what happened prior to "in the beginning," Genesis 1:1. 

However, we are not without clues and what we do know includes the following:

  1. There is only one eternal being (the Triune God) (c.f. Psalm 90:2)
  2. He has the attribute of aseity (life in of Himself/not derived from anything else/self-existent) (c.f. John 5:26)
  3. That all of creation was made after some time point--rather after time was created! (c.f. Genesis 1)
  4. Another verse that will help us with this question is John 17:5 "Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was."

Therefore, we can summarize that before "in the beginning"/creation of all things, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit existed in perfect communion together in their full glory.


About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.