God is alive


Num 14:28 Say to them, ‘As I live, declares the Lord, what you have said in my hearing I will do to you: … ▤

1Ki 1:29 And the king swore, saying, “As the Lord lives, who has redeemed my soul out of every adversity, … ▤

2Sam 22:47 The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation, … ▤

Josh 3:10a And Joshua said, “Here is how you shall know that the living God is among you … ▤

Matt 16:16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” ▤

John 6:57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. ▤

God has always been alive, the first of all things . . .
See also:

Ps 90:2 ⇓
Ps 93:2 Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting. ▤

God has “always existed” (NIrV®).

Hab 1:12a Are you not from everlasting, O Lord my God, my Holy One? ▤

Job 36:26 Behold, God is great, and we know him not; the number of his years is unsearchable. ▤

Isa 44:6 Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god. ▤

Rev 21:6a And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. ▤

Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. They are used here to emphasize that God is the beginning and end of everything – nothing exists or occurs outside or apart from him (cf. Isa 41:4 ↓).

Isa 41:4 Who has performed and done this, calling the generations from the beginning? I, the Lord, the first, and with the last; I am he. ▤

. . . God existed before the world began
Ps 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. ▤

Gen 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. ▤

Prov 8:23 Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. ▤

The speaker here is Wisdom, set up by God before the world began. Thus the verse implies or indicates that God existed before the world began.

John 17:5, 24 And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed. ▤ … 24Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. ▤

Eph 1:4a … even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. ▤

God chose believers “in” Jesus Christ before the world began.

1Pet 1:20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you … ▤

That Jesus Christ was foreknown by God before the foundation of the world, indicates that God existed and was active before the world began.

God will live forever
See also:

Ps 90:2 ⇑
God will reign forever
[Reasons for which to exalt God:] God’s eternity
Rev 4:9-10a And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. ▤

Gen 21:33 Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba and called there on the name of the Lord, the Everlasting God. ▤

Deut 32:40 For I lift up my hand to heaven and swear, As I live forever, … ▤

Deut 33:27a The eternal God is your dwelling place,q and underneath are the everlasting arms.r ▤

q Or a dwelling place

r Revocalization of verse 27 yields He subdues the ancient gods, and shatters the forces of old

Here “arms” is used figuratively to portray God’s support – as similarly is “rock” in Isaiah 26:4 immediately below. The term “everlasting arms” reflects the fact that God and his traits are everlasting.

Isa 26:4 Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. ▤

Ps 41:13 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen. ▤

Isa 40:28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. ▤

Ps 102:24-27 “O my God,” I say, “take me not away in the midst of my days— you whose years endure throughout all generations!” 25Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. 26They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, 27but you are the same, and your years have no end. ▤

Dan 4:34 At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; … ▤

Dan 6:26 I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel, for he is the living God, enduring forever; his kingdom shall never be destroyed, and his dominion shall be to the end. ▤

1Tim 1:17 To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever.s Amen. ▤

s Greek to the ages of ages

Rev 15:7 And one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever, … ▤

Isa 44:6 Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god. ▤

God is “the last” in that no one will outlast God. Nothing will exist beyond him, for he exists forever.

Rev 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” ▤

This emphasizes God’s eternity. He is the beginning and end (cf. Rev 21:6a ↓); the one who perpetually exists, who always has been and who always will be – existing as the all-powerful God.

Rev 21:6a And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. ▤

God transcends time
1Cor 2:7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. ▤

God was active before time began. As well as operating in the world, in the realm of time, God operates outside of time.

2Pet 3:8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. ▤

God dwells outside of the limitations of time, not bound by its finite perspective. From his eternal perspective, diverse periods such as a day and a thousand years are both small, even insignificant (cf. Ps 90:4 ↓). To God the distinction between them is merely relative. Note that with the use of “Lord”, Peter may be referring primarily to Jesus Christ.

Ps 90:4 For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night. ▤

God is self-existing
John 5:26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. ▤

Ex 3:14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.”t And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I am has sent me to you.’” ▤

t Or I am what I am, or I will be what I will be

God’s name – “I am who I am” and its shortened form “I am” – implies that God is self-existent and self-sufficient. This is perhaps more clearly implied by the alternative rendering in the text note.

Acts 17:25 … nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. ▤

God is never in need. He is not dependent on anyone for anything, for after all he is the one who gives everything to all people.

God does not change
See also:

God’s righteousness and justice are great – and everlasting
God’s faithfulness lasts forever
God does not lie nor change his mind – he keeps his promises
God’s love is steadfast
God’s love lasts forever
God does not change his purposes and plans . . .
Ps 102:27 … but you are the same, and your years have no end. ▤

God stays the same.

Mal 3:6 For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. ▤

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.u ▤

u Some manuscripts variation due to a shadow of turning

Hab 3:6 He stood and measured the earth; he looked and shook the nations; then the eternal mountains were scattered; the everlasting hills sank low. His were the everlasting ways. ▤

God does not change his ways. They are the same now as they were throughout the past and will be throughout eternity.

Isa 40:28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. ▤

God does not ever get tired out; his strength and alertness do not vary.

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