By confession he desires to stimulate towards God his
own love and that of his readers.
He begs of God that through the Holy Scriptures he may
be led to truth.
He begins from the creation of the world—not understanding
the Hebrew text.
Heaven and Earth cry out that they have been created by
God created the world not from any certain matter, but
In his own word.
He did not, however, create it by sounding and passing
By his co-eternal word he speaks, and all things are done.
That word itself is the beginning of all things, in the
which we are instructed as to evangeelical truth.
Wisdom and the beginning.
The rashness of those who inquire what God did before
he created Heaven and Earth.
They who ask this have not as yet known the eternity of
God, which is exempt from the relation of time.
What God did before the creation of the world.
Before the times created by God, times were not.
Neither time past nor future, but the present only, really
There is only a moment of present time.
Time can only be perceived or measured while it is passing.
Nevertheless there is time past and future.
Past and future times cannot be thought of but as present.
We are ignorant in what manner God teaches future things.
In what manner time may properly be designated.
How time may be measured.
He prays God that he would explain this most entangled
That time is a certain extension.
That time is not a motion of a body which we measure by
He calls on God to enlighten his mind.
We measure longer events by shorter in time.
Times are measured in proportion as they pass by.
Time in the human mind, which expects, considers, and
That human life is a distraction, but that through the
mercy of God he was intent on the prize of his heavenly
Again he refutes the empty qquestion, "What did God before
the creation of the world?"
How the Knowledge of God differs from that of Man.