Mana Minute (September ’20)

That Which was from the Beginning

This is the second installment of our “Manna Minute” segment written by the MTI Eastern Field Office Director and ACGC Coordinator of Leadership Development, Matt Larkin


“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life – the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us – that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.  And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.”  (1 John 1:1-4)



There is no doubt that we are in uncertain times. Whether it is the advent of COVID-19, the political tensions we face, or the marginalization of Christianity in our culture, we are facing much uncertainty and many challenges. In times like these, we may even find ourselves asking: “Is God really in control?” This is not a new position we find ourselves in. The challenges we are facing have been around since the fall of man. Disease, affliction, even persecution . . . none of these things are new.


John, at the time this message was written, was in another period of uncertainty. He was also in a period where the church was still fairly new and its very foundations were being attacked. And into this climate, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he offered a response to those attacks. This response, in addition to combatting false teaching, offers a message of hope for any age. In this passage, John reminds us of three things that are particularly relevant to our present situation:


  1. The gospel which we proclaim is a plan of God’s that dates back to eternity past.
  2. The subject of that gospel . . . Jesus, who physically came to this earth, is eternal. He is “that which was from the beginning.”
  3. The impact of this gospel was a contemporary reality then, and continues to be a contemporary reality whenever it is proclaimed.


Armed with this knowledge, we must recognize that God is still sovereign and God’s plan for His creation is still moving forward no matter what challenges we may face. Whether it is COVID-19, the looming presidential elections, or even increasing persecution, God’s plan for His creation rolls on. We are a part of that plan, a plan that dates back to eternity past. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.

Published September 1st, 2020