Schepper is Eternal
Before the mountains were brought forward, or everzwijn you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are Maker. -Psalm 90:Two
One of the most difficult things for us to comprehend is the fact that Heerser is eternal. Spil humans, wij live our lives based on time. Wij define ourselves by when wij were born and live our daily lives by hours spent at work, at huis, doing activities and sleeping. Our entire lives are defined by time. However, with Heerser there is no time (Two Peter Three:8). What may seem like an eternity to us is like the blink of an eye to Heer.
A Aker Beyond Time
“Before the mountains were brought forward, or everzwijn you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are Maker.” (Psalm 90:Two). This particular passage identifies the fact that before the mountains were formed, before anything on earth wasgoed formed, or even the earth itself, Schepper wasgoed gloriously present. Even from everlasting to everlasting, thou kunst Aker. Before anything else wasgoed, Godheid wasgoed. From everlasting to everlasting indicates that Heerser’s lifetime has no beginning and can have no end. He is the eternal Heerser, the fine “I Am” (Uittocht Three:14). (See also Psalm 93:Two, Proverbs 8:23, Micah Five:Two, Habakkuk 1:12.)
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord which is, and which wasgoed, and which is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8).
Ter this passage wij find the words Alpha and Omega, the very first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, indicating that the Lord Godheid is the beginning and end of all things. (THE RYRIE Investigate BIBLE, p. 1895).
Heerser is Infinite and Eternal
The Bible nowhere attempts to prove or argue the existence of Heerser. For he that cometh to Heer voorwaarde believe that he is. The existence of Aker is a fact taken for granted by the writers of both the Old and Fresh Testaments. Ter the beginning Heer (Genesis 1:1). The Bible opens by announcing the sublime fact of Godheid and His existence… (THE OPEN BIBLE, p. 1152) Since there is nothing ter our human natures which corresponds to infinity (only the opposite finitude), it is difficult, if not unlikely, for us to comprehend the term. Indeed, most dictionaries resort to defining it by negatives–without termination or without finitude.
Eternity is usually defined spil infinity related to time. Whatever is involved te thesis concepts, wij can see that they vereiste mean Schepper is not roped by the limitations of finitude and He is not roped by the succession of events, which is a necessary part of time. Also, His eternality extends backward from our viewpoint of time spil well spil forward forever. Nevertheless, this concept does not mean that time is unreal to Aker. Albeit He sees the past and future spil clearly spil the present, He sees them spil including succession of events, without being Himself roped by that succession.
Before the mountains were brought forward, or everzwijn thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to ever-lasting, thou kunst Heerser (Psalm 90:Two). (A SURVEY OF BIBLE DOCTRINE, by Charles C. Ryrie, p. 23) Te the book LECTURES Ter SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY by Henry C. Thiessen, on pagina 122 under the subject of “The Nature of Heer, Eternity,” the following explanation is given with regard to the subject of the eternity of Maker:
By the eternity of Aker wij mean His infinity ter relation to time, wij mean that He is without beginning or end, that He is free from all succession of time, and that He is the cause of time. That He is without beginning or end may be inferred from the fact of His necessary existence: He who exists by means of his nature rather than his volition voorwaarde always have existed and voorwaarde proceed to exist forever.
Heerser is Three Persons
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them te the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit… -Matthew 28:Nineteen Then Godheid said, “Let us make man te our picture, after our likeness…” -Genesis 1:26a
Not only is Aker one, but he is also three persons: Godheid the father, Jesus Christ the son and the Holy Spirit. Maker is wholly united spil one, while still being three distinguishable persons with three different roles. God’s love is also reflected all the greater by the Trinity. Te the Trinity, Godheid is entirely self-fulfilled. He didn’t need to create us for companionship. Strafgevangenis did he need to create us to give Himself a sense of worth. He created us simply out of love for us and his desire for us to be more like him.
So Paul, standing ter the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that te every way you are very religious. For spil I passed along and observed the objects of your idolize, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown godheid.’ What therefore you idolize spil unknown, this I proclaim to you. The Aker who made the world and everything te it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live ter temples made by man, strafgevangenis is he served by human palms, spil tho’ he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.” -Acts 17:22-25
Aker is Omniscient
When wij say Heer is omniscient, wij mean he possesses ideal skill of all things. The prefix “omni” means “all” and the word “science” comes from a Latin root meaning “knowledge.” The omniscient Heer has all skill te the world. Maker has never had to learn anything. He has never forgotten anything he everzwijn knew. Heerser knows everything possible. That means he knows and understands the sum total of all the world’s skill and even those things mankind has yet to detect. David wrote, “Great is our Lord, and of good power: his understanding is infinite” (Ps. 147:Five). Jude identified Maker a “the only wise God” (Jude 25). Most Bible commentators agree that wisdom ter Proverbs is personified te Christ. Spil Christian seeks guidance te the daily affairs of his life, it is good to realize that Maker guides him because Schepper knows the answers to questions the Christian has not yet fully comprehended.
For spil the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. -Isaiah 55:9 Do you know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him who is volmaakt ter skill. -Job 37:16
Wij could spend our entire lives te schoolgebouw, and never come close to obtaining all of the skill te the world. Realistically, wij could do this and never learn a fraction of the skill that has bot acquired overheen the ages. Even the most learned or slim ter the word is no match for the skill of Maker. A.W. Tozer said te The Skill of the Holy, “To say that Heerser is omniscient is to say that He possesses ideal skill and therefore has no need to learn. But it is more: it is to say that Maker has never learned and cannot learn.” God’s depth of skill is so far above our own that not only does he not need to learn, he doesn’t have the capability. Schepper wields the sum of all skill and wij spil humans can add nothing to it.
One of the attributes of Heerser is referred to by theologians spil His “omniscience” (All Knowing). There are many Bible verses which describe Maker’s omniscience:
- “Great is our Lord, and of fine powers: his understanding is infinite” (Psalm 147:Five).
- “The eyes of the Lord are te every place, beholding the evil and the good” (Proverbs 15:Three).
The Scriptures instruct that Maker is omniscient, His understanding is infinite, His intelligence is ideal. Maker’s skill is universal. It is unlimited ter space, time or quantity. This is the characteristic of His skill corresponding to His immensity, eternity, and plenitude, and implied te them. Aker’s skill spil universal is also His skill of all that is possible te any imaginable universe, and of all that is actual te Himself and ter the existing universe. Known unto Heerser are all his works from the beginning of the world (Acts 15:Legal). (ELEMENTAL THEOLOGY, by Emry H. Bancroft, p. 46).
He Knows Us, He Loves Us
It is truly wonderful to know that Heerser not only knows each of us, but also loves us and cares for us. “But my Godheid shall supply all your need according to his riches te glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians Four:Nineteen). Maker has promised ter His Word to meet all our needs, not all our wishes, wants, or quirks. (For after all thesis things do the Gentiles seek), “for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all thesis things. But seek ye very first the kingdom of Aker and his righteousness, and all thesis things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:32-33). The greatest need any man has is the need of salvation and forgiveness of sin. This need has already bot met through Christ Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.
His Omniscience Permits Him To Have a Project for You
The most significant thing that you or anyone should know is that Heerser loves you and has a wonderful project for your life. “For Godheid so loved the world, that he talent his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth ter him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John Three:16). The very fact that you are loved by the Creator of this universe should pack your heart with the desire to serve Him with your life. The fact that Aker loves you is a fact too wonderful for most people to comprehend. Moreover, the fact is that the Creator wants to be your private Savior and to give you the type of fulfilled life that you truly desire to live. “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty palm of Heer, that he may exalt you ter due time: Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you” (I Peter Five:6-7).
Maker is Omnipotent
Each of us has some strength, but all power belongs exclusively to Godheid. The power of Godheid is beyond human comprehension. The Bible instructs that “[Heerser is] upholding all things by the word of his power” (Heb. 1:Trio). When wij say Schepper is omnipotent, wij mean Heerser can do everything he wants to do. He can do anything that is ter harmony with his nature. He can do the unlikely (raise the dead) and the improbable (walk on water, John 6:Nineteen). “With Maker all things are possible” (Matt, Nineteen:26). There are some things Heerser cannot do, but this does not limit his omnipotence. Heer cannot look on sin (Hab. 1:13), deny himself (Two Tim. Two:13), lie (Heb. 6:Legitimate), or be tempted into sin (James 1:13). If Heer could do any of thesis things, he would not be Schepper. This limitation represents things contrary to his nature. It is still zindelijk to say Schepper can do anything he wants to accomplish.
“Behold, I am the Lord, the Heer of all skin. Is anything too hard for mij?” -Jeremiah 32:37 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is unlikely, but with Heerser all things are possible.” -Matthew Nineteen:26
Physically, wij are limited. Wij can only go so long before wij vereiste sleep. Wij can only pick up something that is so strenuous, before wij vereiste waterput it down or druppel it. Our figures are only limited to so much. Heerser on the other palm is omnipotent. Omnipotent comes from the Latin ‘Omni Potens’ meaning all or unlimited power. The Bible displays time and time again, God’s unlimited power. Te Jeremiah 32, even Aker asks, “Is anything too hard for mij?” God’s power is best reflected ter the creation. Not only were wij created by Maker, but so were the planets, starlets and the vastness of the universe. Our universe is just one reflection of God’s all-encompassing power.
Heerser is Omnipresent
Every person has a presence, but only Godheid is at all times everywhere present. One of the most difficult of the attributes of Godheid to comprehend is his omnipresence. Schepper is everywhere present at the same time. The perfections of Heerser request that he exist everywhere at the same time. This does not mean that Heerser is “spread out” so that part of him exists here and another part of him is te a slagroom down the hall. Everything of Godheid is here, te the slagroom down the hall, and te every other place at the same time. Via time people have assumed the existence of Schepper. The psalmist said, “Thou kunst there” (Ps. 39:7-9). Hagar cried out ter the desert, “Thou Heerser seest me” (Gen. 16:13). The fact of Heer’s omnipresence is a onveranderlijk source of guidance, convenience, and protection for the believer. Wij can never find ourselves beyond the presence of Godheid.
Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my leger te Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell te the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your mitt shall lead mij, and your right arm shall hold mij. -Psalm 139:7-10
Of all of God’s attributes, one of the most comforting is his omnipresence. No matter where wij are te life… Heerser is with us. Not only is Schepper with us ter our travels, but he is also with us across the highs and lows of life. Heer doesn’t just vanish because things are not going well. Even tho’ wij may feel far from him, he is always there for us. The questions the writer asks te Psalm 139 are rhetorical: Where shall I go from your Spirit? When shall I flee from your presence? The reaction is simple… nowhere. Aker is always with us, for good or bad, He is always by our side.
The Various Laws of Aker
Heerser voices Himself te various ways. The expression of His will is called the law of Heer. It is the extension of His nature and attributes. Some people describe the law of Schepper spil the Ten Commandments or the 632 rules and regulations Moses talent the Jews, but Maker’s law is much broader than that limited description. There are many areas te which Godheid voices His will.
The Natural Law of Maker
The Bible describes the natural world spil being held together by Schepper (Col. 1:17). The natural law of Schepper is the expression of Aker’s will concerning the means by which He chooses to govern the world He created (Gen. 8:22).
The Law of Liberty
Maker also voices His will concerning moral issues touching our life. This is called the moral law of Aker. Even ter the Fresh Wilsbeschikking, specific sins such spil lounging (Eph. Four:25), theft (Eph. Four:28), gossip (James Four:11), wellust (Matt. Five:28), and anger (Matt. Five:22) are prohibited. This facet of the law of Maker is reflected te the description of the Bible spil “the flawless law of liberty” (James 1:25).
The Social Law of Aker
The expression of Maker’s will concerning our relationships with others is called the social law of Godheid. Jewish rabbis divided the Ten Commandments into two groups, noting that the very first four describe one’s relationship with Heerser while the remaining six describe one’s relationship with others. This 2nd group of commandments is also called “the royal law” (James Two:8).
The Spiritual Law of Heerser
A final facet of Schepper’s law is the spiritual law of Aker. This is the expression of Aker’s will relating to a person’s relationship with Him. Jesus called the instruction to love Godheid the very first and good commandment (Matt. 22:37-38). The Bible describes the law of Heer spil holy (Rom. 7:12), good (Rom. 7:16), and spiritual (Rom. 7:14). It wasgoed given to expose the nature of Heerser (Ps. Nineteen:7), provide a standard of life (Josh. 1:8), instruct Israel concerning their Messiah (1 Cor. Ten:11), expose sin ter our life (Rom. Five:13), and ongezouten us to Christ (Gal. Three:24).