Elohim represents God the Father. In Hebrew the word Elohim (singular: Eloah) is the God of Israel in the Old Testament. In Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God (Elohim) created the heavens and the earth.” Elohim is the first name given to identify God in the Bible. It is used not only in the first book of the bible called “The Beginnings – Genesis” but it used in the very first verse of the entire bible. The use here introduces us to God in the most holy and eternal role He plays – the all-powerful creator and sovereign God.
The problem we have in not looking specifically at the Hebrew language before translation we would not have been able to identify all of God’s roles. It is in the Hebrew name used in the original scripture that tells us the role God is playing at the time in the scripture. By not having the Hebrew text we would see in our English translation the word God or Lord and we would not know that, in fact, there is a difference in the role of God for what He is telling us through scripture. It is through the role name of God we understand exactly what the role of God to put into context exactly what God wants us to learn about the role He is being as stated to us by God in scripture.
We can learn a lot about God just in Genesis 1:1. It is this role of God that is the creator. He can take nothing and make it into something when we do not see it being created. He can take any situation in the background and turn it into exactly what He wants it to become and we never see it coming. So what does God want us to know about Him in this verse?
God’s statements in Genesis 1:1 tells us the following:
1. He is Transcendent and Distinct in Time. Transcendent is defined as being distinct from the creation He created. What are the ways is God distinct from His creation – to be lifted above it and from it? In Genesis 1:1 it tells us “In the beginning God created…” This tells us that God created the beginning. This means that God created time. Not the time we now live by but time as it relates to the heavens. 2 Peter 3:8 “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” So, if God created time, then God must have preceded time. One cannot create time if one was not present before time was created. When we discuss time as we live by it in our physical life, we cannot address the same measurement towards God. God is outside of time because He created it. One more point, the only thing we have outside of time is eternity, which means eternity is not subject to time. Time, then, only becomes our problem, not God’s problem. The Bible only speaks of God in the present tense only. However, the Bible addresses us as an element of time because we have yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Malachi 3:6 “God is always the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He never changes. He is so faithful, so constant, so loving and so true!” God has no yesterday (past) or tomorrow (future), everything that God has or does is current – today.
2. He is Transcendent in Space. Genesis 1:1 it tells us that ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” If heavens and earth He created He must have lived in space and predated His creation - time, heavens, and earth. All we in this physical life know of is the heavens and the earth. But God sits outside of space.
3. He is Transcendent of Matter. God had to exist when space did not exist. Therefore, if God created all things, then He also predated matter. Everything in this physical world is tied to elements of matter.