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A starting point, origin or source. The beginning often refers to the time of or before the creation of the world. God is described as the Beginning and the End, denoting the eternity of his existence. Jesus Christ’s coming marks a new beginning both for God’s people and, finally, for all creation.


Beginning as the starting point

As the source

Psalm 111:10 CEB
Fear of the Lord is where wisdom begins; sure knowledge is for all who keep God’s laws. God’s praise lasts forever!
See also ; ; the source of Israel’s sin; Jesus Christ as the source of the church’s life

As the origin

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As the commencement

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The beginning: before the creation

Proverbs 8:22–23 CEB
The Lord created me at the beginning of his way, before his deeds long in the past. I was formed in ancient times, at the beginning, before the earth was.

Jesus Christ’s existence predates the creation

John 17:5 CEB
Now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I shared with you before the world was created.
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Salvation planned before the creation

Ephesians 1:3–4 CEB
Bless the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! He has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing that comes from heaven. God chose us in Christ to be holy and blameless in God’s presence before the creation of the world.
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The beginning: the creation

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Marriage ordained from the beginning

Matthew 19:4–6 CEB
Jesus answered, “Haven’t you read that at the beginning the creator made them male and female?And God said, ‘Because of this a man should leave his father and mother and be joined together with his wife, and the two will be one flesh.’So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, humans must not pull apart what God has put together.”
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The beginning of Israel’s nationhood

Exodus 12:2 CEB
“This month will be the first month; it will be the first month of the year for you.
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New beginnings for God’s people

For Israel

Hosea 2:14–15 CEB
Therefore, I will charm her, and bring her into the desert, and speak tenderly to her heart. From there I will give her vineyards, and make the Achor Valley a door of hope. There she will respond to me as in the days of her youth, like the time when she came out of the land of Egypt.
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For believers

2 Corinthians 5:17 CEB
So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived!
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A new creation

Isaiah 65:17 CEB
Look! I’m creating a new heaven and a new earth: past events won’t be remembered; they won’t come to mind.
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Beginnings of significant events

The rebuilding of Jerusalem


Jesus Christ’s ministry

Matthew 4:17 CEB
From that time Jesus began to announce, “Change your hearts and lives! Here comes the kingdom of heaven!”
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The beginning of signs of the end


The beginning and the end

Implying all-inclusiveness

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The beginning and end contrasted

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Completing what is begun

Philippians 1:6 CEB
I’m sure about this: the one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus.
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God as the Beginning and the End

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Satan as sinful from the beginning

John 8:44 CEB
Your father is the devil. You are his children, and you want to do what your father wants. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has never stood for the truth, because there’s no truth in him. Whenever that liar speaks, he speaks according to his own nature, because he’s a liar and the father of liars.
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