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  • Eric Kampmann

The Truth is a Person

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;

all who follow his precepts have good understanding.

To him belongs eternal praise.

—Psalm 111:10

To the Psalmist, “fear” means that we acknowledge and submit to the reality of God as the author of all creation. If we live a life built on this firm belief in God, then we open our eyes to the reality that everything comes from God.

We also bridle our own inclination to place ourselves at the center of all things by seeing the reality of our own existence in relationship to the utter immensity of God. The very nature of God cannot be circumscribed by time or space. God’s nature is eternal, and genuine human wisdom perceives, even if dimly, that truth.

John begins his gospel by declaring the Word was before all time and has now come to earth in the person of Jesus Christ: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning” (John 1:1). This passage builds on the Genesis account of creation: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). God pre-existed the heavens and the earth, as did the Word, and as did His Son, Jesus Christ, who says, “And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began” (John 17:5).

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