What is Time From a Biblical Understanding?


For many people this topic can be a very confusing. So let’s start here, what is God’s relationship to time? Well, we live in a physical world where time is measured. But God dwells in a different dimension –the spirit realm—beyond our physical senses or comprehension. God is not limited by the physical laws and dimensions of our world. “But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that is with the Lord one day is a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8).

Though we cannot possibly comprehend the idea of eternity or the timelessness of God, we in our finite minds try to confine an infinite God to our time schedule. “The years of our life are seventy or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away” (Psalm 90:10).

Again, because of our finite minds, we can only grasp the concept of God’s timeless existence in part. So we describe Him as our God without a beginning or end, eternal, infinite, and everlasting as mentioned in Psalm 90:2. From everlasting to everlasting He is God. He always was and always will be.

So what is time? To put it simply, time is duration. Our clocks mark change. Timepieces are benchmarks of change that indicate the passing of time. In other words, whenever there is a change of any kind we know that time has passed. We see this as we go through life, as we age. And we cannot recover the minutes that have passed by.

The science of physics tells us that time is a property resulting from the existence of matter. But God is not matter; God, in fact, created matter. The bottom line is this: time began when God created the universe.

Eternity is a term used to express the concept of something that has no end or beginning. God has no beginning or end. He is outside the realm of time. God is even beyond eternity, because He is the Creator of all.

Scripture reveals that God lives outside the bounds of time as we know it. Our destiny was planned “before the beginning of time”, as mentioned in 2 Timothy 1:9.

As believers we should have a deep sense of comfort knowing that God, though timeless and eternal, is in time with us right now. He is not unreachable, but right here in the moment with us. And because He is in the moment, He can and will respond to our needs and prayers.

Because we live in a world confined to time, we should feel compelled to a sense of urgency to lead unbelievers to Jesus, our Lord and Savior. We don’t know when our time or someone else’s time here on earth will run out. Because of the urgency of not knowing, when the Lord comes again, we should put our time to good use witnessing for Christ, because of the difference it will make for unbelievers, who face all eternity in hell.

Remember, once time passes, we don’t get it back. Our time is short as mentioned earlier in Psalm 90:10. Let’s make the most of it.

God’s blessings to you on your future time.

From your Deacon @ Immanuel