The “previousness” of God, which I wrote about HERE, refers to the idea that God is already at work in the world before his people even get there. It refers to the fact that God doesn’t need to wait for us—God can begin his work well before we have even realized what God is up to.
We’ve already looked at examples from the Old Testament, but it isn’t only in the Old Testament that God is shown to be ahead of his people. We see it throughout the New Testament, as well. Here are a couple of examples.