From the Genesis of Space and Time:
Although Genesis begins, ‘In the beginning.’ that does not mean that there was not anything before that. In John 17:24 Jesus prays to God the Father, saying, ‘Thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.’ Jesus says thy God the Father loved him prior to the creation of all else. And in John 17:5 Jesus asks the Father to glorify him, Jesus himself, ‘with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.’
There is, therefore, something that reaches back into eternity-back before the phrase ‘in the beginning.’ Christ existed, and he had glory with the Father, and he was loved by the Father before ‘in the beginning.’ … Thus, before ‘in the beginning’ something other than a static situation existed. A choice was made and that choice shows forth thought and will. ‘ ….