In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
(Genesis 1:1 NKJV)
The physical universe is “temporal”—its physical characteristics are defined qualitatively and quantitatively in and by time, space, and matter.(1) The phrase “In the beginning” corresponds to time. The reference to “the heavens” represents space and “the earth” indicates matter. Time is qualified in three as past, present and future. Space is quantified in three by length, width and height. Matter exists in three forms as solid, liquid and vapor. The triune Creator-God (God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit) purposefully stamped His triune signature in the time-space-matter triune universe as recorded in the very first verse of the Bible. “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” (Romans 1:20 NLT)