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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.

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Beginning as the starting point

As the source

Psalm 111:10 ESV
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!
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As the origin

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As the commencement

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The beginning: before the creation

Proverbs 8:22–23 ESV
“The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old. Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth.

Jesus Christ’s existence predates the creation

John 17:5 ESV
And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.
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Salvation planned before the creation

Ephesians 1:3–4
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The beginning: the creation

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Marriage ordained from the beginning

Matthew 19:4–6 ESV
He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”
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The beginning of Israel’s nationhood

Exodus 12:2 ESV
“This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall 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 ESV
“Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her. And there I will give her her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth, as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt.
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For believers

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
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A new creation

Isaiah 65:17 ESV
“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind.
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Beginnings of significant events

The rebuilding of Jerusalem


Jesus Christ’s ministry

Matthew 4:17 ESV
From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
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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 ESV
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
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God as the Beginning and the End

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Satan as sinful from the beginning

John 8:44 ESV
You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
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