Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Qualitites Unique to God - #3 Infinite

The third quality unique to God is infinite.

God is infinite, exceeding all limits – space, time, knowledge & wisdom, power, constant.

God is unlimited in relation to
space. He’s omnipresent. He is always everywhere. There is no place where he is not. 1 Kings 8:27 declares, “The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you.” God created space and is not limited by it.

God is unlimited in relation to
time. He’s eternal. Psalm 90:2 says, “From everlasting to everlasting you are God.” Time doesn’t even apply to God – God is timeless. He created time and lives outside time. He is simultaneously in the past, present, and future – sees all events at once – and yet is aware of the succession of moments occurring within time. He exists without end or interruption.

God is unlimited in relation to
knowledge and wisdom. He’s omniscient. He knows everything and how to apply it. Psalm 147:5 says, “His understanding has no limit.” He knows all the facts about everything. He knows every possibility from every direction. He knows all the details of the universe, and how to apply them perfectly in our lives to accomplish his plan.

God is unlimited in relation to
power. He’s omnipotent. He can do anything. The angel told Mary in Luke 1:37, “For nothing is impossible with God.” He can fully carry out all he intends to do. He is in control of me and you – he is sovereign.

But God also has built-in limitations. He cannot do anything that would be contrary to his very nature. He cannot, for example, sin or do wrong or lie or fail or break one of his promises.

Plus, in all these qualities, God is
constant – he does not and cannot change or develop or diminish. Hebrews 1:12 says about God, “You remain the same.” Of course, the Bible illustrates how God changes his mind in response to prayer. But to suggest that he can change or develop or diminish in his very nature is to suggest that he was previously less than he is now.

So what? Let’s put it all together. Since God is universally alive, there’s no place in time or space he cannot be. He cannot be taken by surprise. He is always and everywhere, accessible in our time of need, fully applying his infinite wisdom and power toward his plan and our good. Whatever our circumstances, we can always trust him to be consistent to do what’s right. Whatever our challenges, our problems, our fears, he knows and provides a solution fitting for our need. He is the ultimate and only fully trustworthy One. God is God and there is no one else like God.

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