In The Beginning
I have learned that whenever you see the word “beginning ” or the word “end” you have to ask the yourself the question, the beginning or the end of what?
For example, when Jesus said to his disciples, “Ye have been with me from the beginning, ” he meant the beginning of his ministry, and not the beginning of time. When John says “the devil sinneth from the beginning” (1 John 3:8), he meant from the beginning of sin and not from the devil’s own beginning. (At the devil’s own beginning he was sinless, “the anointed cherub…perfect in thy ways from the day that thou was created, till iniquity was found in thee” Ezek. 28:14-15).
The apostle John uses the word “beginning” twenty-one times in his writings (10 times in the Gospel of John and 11 times in First and Second John), which is more than it is used by any other New Testament writer. Not one time when John uses the word “beginning ” does he mean eternity past! So when he uses the word beginning in John 1:1, he is not speaking of the beginning of God: God has no beginning! He is not speaking of the beginning of eternity : eternity has no beginning! Then what “beginning” is he talking about? Jesus answers this question himself in Revelation 3:14: “These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God.” The Greek word for beginning is the same in John 1:1 and Revelation 3:14. It is the Greek word “arche ” and it means “a commencement – to commence in order of time.” Jesus was foremost (first in order of time) from the “beginning” of God’s plan of creation and Salvation. (Ref Heaven – Pastor Gregg speaks on the Beginning of Time and Creation)