God in Fire and Light – Part Three
by Fred Pruitt
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
“And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” (Gen 1:1-2).
In the first “Superman – the Movie,” which starred Christopher Reeve, Superman and Lois Lane meet for the first time when she falls from the top of a building and he flies up in his Superman suit with cape where he catches her and flies her to safety.
When he catches her he says to the startled Lois, “Don’t worry, I’ve got you.”
She looks at him and then looks down before looking him in the eyes and crying, “Who’s got YOU?”
This is what’s happening in this passage.
First – “In the beginning God …” That’s where we start, because there is no further-back point of origin included in the narrative. My human brain breaks down at this point. What was before, except God? If there was “something” before, we are not told of it.
So in the beginning then, there was God, period?!! I was going to say there was God and there was “nothing,” but that would make the nothing a something and that doesn’t work either. Besides, there could not be “God” and “a something else.” There’s no room for a something else, because He already from eternity to eternity fills all things – and they could only be the “things” He has created, because there are no other “things,” nor are there any other “creators” of things. There is only “One” Who has created all things.
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Rev 4:11).
So what’s going on before, “in the beginning?” What is the answer to Lois’ question, “Who’s got Superman?”
There are hints in Scripture, in the writings, of the deep, deep depths of God.
Indeed, Paul wrote: “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” (Rom 11:33).
Job in the midst of his trials echoes the same: “Which [God] doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number. (Job 9:10).
Still, even though it says in many places and ways the God’s mysteries are “past finding out,” the Spirit keeps us in the constraint of Christ, continually raising our consciousness daily into the love and knowledge of God without end.
Paul writes the Ephesians: “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” (Eph 3:17-19).
That’s what we are after. After the torrent of flying waters, after the shaking mountains, after the rocks cleaving in two, after the cyclones have blown, after the lightning, after the smoke, the chaos and the MIGHTY DISPLAY OF POWER …. finding the center of peace and stillness …. there comes a “still, small voice.” (1 Kings 19:11-12).
So here we start. Where Scripture starts. The three phrases quoted above at the beginning, encapsulate the first revelation of the Living God and the beginning of “Creation,” or “Nature,” as some old writers called it.
Let me say first that this writer has only a crude understanding of these things and can only communicate with the limited tools we have at our disposal, primarily the written or spoken Word. We trust the Lord for where the Word comes from and where it goes, knowing with full confidence the Spirit will accomplish His purposes by us. The readers therefore are encouraged to seek and trust the Spirit of God within them to reveal His mysteries, His purposes and most of all, His Love!
Consciousness, “something-ness,” begins with movement. “And the Spirit of God moved …” (Hint at what’s to come: Movement causes friction. Friction produces heat. The creation starts with fire, heat, as the beginning of all phenomena.)
(We are speaking here of consciousness, [which includes material things], so the reader may bear that in mind. While it may seem I am describing things about the creation of the heavens and the earth in an academic sense, like facts about a place or an event that are interesting, this is more than that. Because we are not tourists here. We actually live this! Why is this pertinent? It’s because it contributes in a BIG way to understanding God, and especially God in ourselves and how He/we operate. When we realize that the tensions, disturbances and emotional roller coasters we experience almost daily are not just us having bad days not able to “control ourselves,” as if we’re just “out of sorts,” here we find a new vision appearing. It could be that we’re “out of sorts,” but so many situations like that where we have found fault with ourselves or others, when seen in this new light, take on a whole new hue. Rather than seeing all that as distraction and counter-production, we begin to see that the Spirit “moves” these things that God’s purposes would be brought to fruition. Look at the passage we’re studying now. Movement produces – what?? — why everything else there is has come from that one beginning movement, “And the Spirit of God moved.”)
Before there is anything, there is a still consciousness at rest. It is what Christian mystics and monastics have described for millennia as “contemplation,” which is not a verb describing an activity, but a noun describing an event, a state, an at-peace state in which there is nothing but stillness. Jacob Boehme calls this the Ungrund, or Unground, in that it is beyond nature, or creation, which he calls Ground, and only in the “Ground,” or nature or creation, does activity and phenomena occur. (Just as it is the “center” of God, it is the same in us. I have learned that what God is in macrocosm, we each are in microcosm.)
What does occur in the stillness first is image (imagination) or sight (vision). Then in that image or sight, out of the depths of the formless unground, there is a going out, or a movement, to become or manifest, or to make palpable what to that point is only potential possibility. A desire to BE! What does the Father (or Unground in this scenario) see and want to BE? The SON!
Why do I say that? Because of John 1:1,2 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.”
God (Elohim) spoke only one Word, the Son! Out of that one Word, all creation and phenomena pour out.
Here’s the clincher. It was not satisfactory to the Creator to only perceive visions in potential. No, as we say in our world, He wanted a Creation “with skin on it.” He wanted living beings, beautiful worlds of light, color, variety. Everything begins here, to move from potential, only “seen” in the mind of God, to manifestation, to which everything in Spirit tends.
That’s what the Word/Spirit does. It begins in the invisibility of the Word, and manifests as the Spirit’s building in the visible.
And we’ll stop here. FIRE TWO will be coming later.
END FIRE ONE