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New year devotion: in the beginning

Dr. Andrew C S Koh

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Genesis 1:1

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth

Genesis 1:1

Commentary

The Bible begins with, in the beginning, God. When was the beginning? Who created what and when? The Hebrew word for create is bara, which means, to create something out of nothing. In the beginning, in the eternity past, God created the entire universe into existence out of nothing. 

God has no beginning because He is transcendent and outside our time-space continuum. God is pre-existent, self-existent, eternal, from everlasting to everlasting, from the eternity past to the eternity future. He is the alpha and the omega, the first and the last, the Alif and the Tau, the A and the Z, the author and finisher of our faith. 

God created the universe in six days. God’s reckoning of time is not the same as our reckoning of time. One day for God can be long as 1000 years and 1000 years for God can be as short as one day. Time is relative. According to Einstein’s theory of relativity, if you travel close to the speed of light time slows down. How fast can God travel? If God travels faster than the speed of light, time will standstill and the clock will stop ticking! So, 2000 years of our time can be as short as 2 days in God’s time. This is something for you to think about.

But don’t forget this one thing, beloved, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day.

1 Peter 3:8

There are three theories regarding the universe. The young age theory postulates the universe to be 6000-plus years old. The old age theory postulates the universe to be 4.5 billion-plus years old. The gap theory postulates a time gap of billions of years between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. 

The Bible is not ambiguous. The Bible says that God created the universe into existence. The Bible did not say mention any big explosion in space.

The Gospel of John begins with in the beginning, Jesus Christ.

in the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.

John 1:1

Jesus Christ was the Word, who was with God, and who was God.

Application

I find it is easier to believe in creation than in the big bang explosion. If you believe that God created the heavens and the earth, you will not have any difficulty believing the rest of the Bible. So, how big is your God? And how big is your faith?

Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands, and moves towards the goal of true maturity

Romans 12:2, J B Philips

Prayer

Heavenly Father, we pray for the anointing of the Holy Spirit to enlighten and give us wisdom and understanding into Your word. Open our hearts, minds, eyes, ears, and spirits to receive, understand, hear, see, feel, and apply Your word of eternal life into our very own lives, in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

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Book: Faith Journey of Abraham

Genesis 12-25

by Dr. Andrew C S Koh

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Faith Journey of Abraham

A Christ-centred, Biblical-based, Holy Spirit-enabled, Life-changing expository commentary, bible study guide, and daily devotion

What people are saying

This was educational and entertaining to read and learn about the life of Abraham. Dr. Koh works very hard to make the gospels and individuals come to life in a down-to-earth and entertaining way that is very refreshing”

— Rowan E Creech, Goodreads, Bookbub, 5 out of 5 stars

“The communication between God and his people is remarkable and translated by the author exactly as written. This account of faith shows the awesome power of God. The author always lines up scripture with his works. So you can be sure you are studying the Word of God. Come study the route Abraham takes in his life. You won’t be disappointed”

— Tiffany Townsends, Goodreads, 5 out of 5 stars

What people are saying

“The author is one of my favorites. The works by Dr. Koh line up with scripture and his format is easy to follow and learn from. The thing I liked most about this story is easy to understand format and the miracle of God’s intervention”

— Tiffany Townsends, Bookbub, 5 out of 5 stars

“A Great book on the Bible study of chapters 12 to 25 on the Genesis of the life and faith journey of Abraham the father of faith. It is easy to read and understand and is good study material for all ages. Beautiful prayers accompany each chapter. A great faith builder and a well-written book for daily use. I am on the ARC team and I leave an honest review. I recommend this book to other readers”

— J Sharmani, Bookbub and Good reads, 5 out of 5 stars

What people are saying

“A Great study on Genesis in chapters 12 to 25 of the Bible on the life and faith journey of Abraham, the father of the faith. This book is easy to understand and mediated the Greatness of God in giving Abraham the faith and making him and his descendants the inheritors of God’s main tribe on this earth. This book is a great faith builder too. I am on the ARC team and I leave an honest review. I recommend this book to other readers”

—-J Sharmani, Goodreads, 5 out of 5 stars

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Many of us find the Book of Revelation intimidating. There is also confusion over its intended audience, and new interpretations are constantly being presented about the Antichrist, the beasts, the tribulations, and the 144,000 chosen, to name just a few. Using everyday language, Dr. Koh explains the writings of Apostle John to his seven churches on how to conduct themselves and prepare for the difficult times ahead. The Apostle also bids them rejoice, for final victory is coming. He encourages them to take heart with the help of the Holy Spirit and be ready ‘in season and out of season.

Reviews

A great study material on the writings of Apostle John when he was banished to the small island of Greece, off the coast of Asia Minor. A simple explanation of these books makes it a great study and meditation for all ages. Apostle John wrote this book to the seven churches of Asia Minor. Beautiful prayers accompany each chapter. I am on the ARC team and I leave an honest review. I recommend this book to other readers, J Sharmani, Goodreads, and Bookbub, 5 out of 5 stars

Dr. Koh’s book is an enjoyable way to experience the Book of Revelation and understand its intricacies. A very good book, Rowan E Creech, Goodreads, 5 out of 5 stars

A timely book in everyday language that demystifies this daunting book of the Bible! Dr. Koh explains the instructions of St. John the Apostle to his seven churches on how they are to behave generally, and what they need to do to get ready for coming tribulation, Hilary Walker, Amazon, Goodreads, 5 out of 5 stars

A storyline that continues to keep individuals of all faiths and religions captivated. This novel is a story written following the works of John as closely as possible, but one in which the reader must form his/her own opinion of a story written nearly 2,000 years ago and now interpreted yet again. You will follow the story and draw your own storyline. Pamela Anne Reinert, Goodreads, 5 out of 5 stars