What was the Father doing before creation?

What was the Father doing before creation?

The LORD merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born. For when he spoke, the world began! It appeared at his command. – Psalms 33:6,9

Psalms 90:2-12

 2 Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God.

 4 For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours.

 10 Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty. But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we fly away.

 12 Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.

The human race has pondered the origin of the universe. In the earliest times, ancient civilizations had their creation myths: Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese, etc. They all had one thing in common. There were no human observers. There were no eyewitnesses, so they were the result of “guesswork” and imagination. Usually, creation myths are tales of mythical gods in a cosmic struggle. From the chaos emerged order and structure.

Modern times saw the rise of rationalism, science, mathematics, physics, and unimaginable devices for measuring, calculating, and postulating. The old stories, myths were deemed fairytales and tossed aside. In their place arose theories regarding the beginning of all things. These speculations were undergirded modern science, astronomy, and physics. But once again, there were no human observers, no eyewitnesses. They also were the result of “guesswork” and imagination. The best guess that science came up with is quite simple. In the beginning, there was nothing. Then there was something. Then there was a Big Bang.

The formula looks like this: nothing + no one = everything

Really! How can nothing ever become something? Isn’t nothing always just nothing? Before I am willing to accept a theory, no matter how scientific, I want to know how nothing becomes something.

Whether human theorists worked with clay tablets or sophisticated computers, and telescopes, none of them were there to observe anything. So whatever enlightened conjectures developed, there are no first-hand eyewitness accounts from human observers. All theories and myths are taken by faith. There is no proof.

Was anyone present at the time of the creation of all things? The Scriptures provide an unequivocal answer: In the beginning, God created . . ..

The formula here is also quite simple: nothing + God = everything.

The Scriptures are clear that the Father has no beginning and no end. He is eternal. He exists outside of, and before time, the creation, the physical universe, and the physical laws that govern them.

Psalms 90:2 Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God.

The Father is not restricted by time. He created time itself. It is natural for us to ask: what was the Father doing in eternity past before He created the universe? We cannot fully know or comprehend what the Father was doing before creation. But the Father did provide a few details regarding His pre-creation activity in the Scriptures (Lita Cosner).


Psalms 148:5 Let every created thing give praise to the LORD, for he issued his command, and they came into being.

Father thank you for having me in your mind before the world began and desiring my best in life and for all eternity.


The eternal, everlasting Godhead dwelt alone in perfect harmony and union. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit were all alone. Nothing else had come into being. They existed in this state outside of what we call time because time itself had not yet been created. The Father is the high and lofty one Who dwells in timeless eternity (Isaiah 57:15).

Human thinking and language are severely limited and incapable of adequately conceiving and describing the everlasting, boundless, infinite mind of the eternal self-existent God. In a way that we cannot fully comprehend or grasp, somehow, ideas came to be in the mind of God. He conceived and worked out the plan of redemption. Everything that He wanted to exist was simply spoken into existence.

Psalms 33:6,9

 6 The LORD merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born.

 9 For when he spoke, the world began! It appeared at his command.

The phrase “foundation of the world” or “before the world began” is used in the Scriptures to designate the extreme border-line of the past. It is the starting point, the terminus a quo, the beginning of human history.  It is the point at which the timeline of human history commenced.

There was an eyewitness to what happened before the foundation of the world. The Father Himself was there. He has revealed a very small hint of what happened in His Word. We learn of His love, of His foreknowledge, His election, and His promise of eternal life. (W J Hocking).

The phrase, “before the foundation of the world,” occurs a handful of times in the New Testament (John 17:5, Ephesians 1:4, 1 Peter 1:20). A corresponding phrase, “before the ages of time” or “before the world began” (KJV), occurs twice (2 Timothy 1:9, Titus 1:2).  

John 17:5 Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began.

The Father and the Son existed in perfect harmony and love before the world began

Ephesians 1:4-5

 4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.

 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

The Father alone chose the children of the King. He made plans and took the initiative to redeem us from sin and death and predestined us for adoption into the Father’s Forever Family. His goal was for us to be holy and blameless. Before the threshold of time, and the cosmos came into being, we were on the mind of God.  

1 Peter 1:20-21

 20 God chose him [the Lord Jesus Christ] as your ransom long before the world began, but he has now revealed him to you in these last days.

 21 Through Christ you have come to trust in God.  

The redemption of the human race was worked out by the Father before the foundation of the world. The Father chose to use the death of the Lord Jesus Christ to accomplish His redemptive plan.  

The Father purposed to call every child of the King to Himself. He planned for them to be saved and live a holy life.

Titus 1:2 This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God – who does not lie – promised them before the world began.

The Father made a promise to every child of the King to bring us to Himself long before we were ever born. He promised that we might have eternal life. We can be confident in His promise because the Father does not lie.


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