So, who created God? This week we consider God’s eternality from Psalm 90:2-4.
“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. You return man to dust and say, ‘Return, O children of man!’ For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.”
- Psalm 90:2–4
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Transcript: Hi, welcome to Five Minutes With Pastor Lutzer. We’re discussing the attributes of God. And as you frequently have heard me say, each time we do that, we should be rebuked; oftentimes we are encouraged; but certainly, always, we should worship. And today’s topic is actually the eternality of God— the fact that He existed from all of eternity.
Now it’s quite easy for us to think about God existing eternally into the future, because we are actually going to be existing eternally into the future, too. But when we think that God did not have a beginning, but always was, it boggles the mind. The text actually is taken from the 90th chapter of the Book of Psalms: “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” We’re gonna be contemplating those words. “You return man to dust and say, ‘Return, O children of man!’ For a thousand years in your sight are as yesterday when it is past, or as a watchin the night.” Wow.
Can we agree on a basic premise? And that is that out of nothing, nothing comes. If there would have been nothing in the past from there would be nothing now. But the fact that something exists means that something always existed forever. Now, if you agree with Carl Sagan, the atheist, he said that the cosmos is all that there ever was, and all there ever will be. But actually, when you look at the cosmos, most scientists agree that it had a beginning. In fact, when you look at the cosmos, there’s nothing within it to suggest that it could have existed forever, or that it could have formed itself. After all, nothing times nobody can’t equal everything. And so what we have to do is to recognize that the only way we can explain the cosmos is to believe in a God Who is metaphysical—Who is beyond the pushes and pulls of nature—so He doesn’t need a cause. So he is the un-caused cause. So if you ask me, “Well, Pastor Lutzer, who created God?” you are asking, who created the un-created one? From everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God. And a thousand years in Thy sight, well, they are as but yesterday. Next time we’re gonna talk about God living outside of time.
You know, there is a story that I have frequently heard where a man said to God, one time, he said, “God, how long is a million years to you?” And God said, “Oh, about a second.” He said, “God, how much is a million dollars to you?” God said, “Oh, about a penny.” He said, “Lord, could have a penny?” And God said, “Sure, just a second.” Time doesn’t mean the same thing to God as it means to us. The best explanation of the universe is that God existed from all eternity, and needed not to be created.
Here’s what I want you to do. I want you to contemplate that God. You know, as a boy out on the farm in Canada, I used to run under the stars oftentimes. And you can do this when you’re out on the field and you look at the stars, and you recognize that God is the Creator. I found myself often worshiping. And there are times when I contemplate God and meditate on His eternality, and it seems as if my mind comes to a certain point, and then it has to stop. I can’t grasp it. All that I know is that this eternal God was in Christ, reconciling us unto Himself. And you know, Jonathan Edwards says that the ideas of God go on for all of eternity. So what do you think we’ll be doing in heaven? I think I know. We’re gonna be learning more and more and more about the eternal God. From everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God.
Today, I want you to meditate on that. Take some time to do it, and go with God; and I’ll. see you right here next time.