Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Omniscience of God” (part 2 )

Spiritually Discerning Omniscience
Romans 11:33 (KJV) O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
When last we addressed the Omniscience of God (part 1) we dealt with two arguments that atheist and open theist contend are true of God. For the atheist with the goal of disproving the existence God is a fair stance, that is who they are and they are very upfront with their goal. However the stance taken by the open theist scares me in that to the casual observer they (open theist) appear to be true believers, and without a discerning eye can so easily be mistaken for true believers by a new convert. The open theist may not have the goal of humanizing God but their atheistic mindset unwittingly puts them on the same path of destruction.
Rather then act as an atheist or a theologian I’m going to do something very profound I’m going to act as a believer.
God Knowledge and Man’s knowledge
Francis Turretin. In his discussion of the doctrine of God knowledge writes;
Concerning the intellect of God and the disquisition of his knowledge, two things must be attended to above all others: the mode and the object. The mode consists in his knowing all things perfectly, undividedly, distinctly and immutably. It is thus distinguished from human and angelic knowledge: perfectly because he knows all things by himself or by his essence (not by forms abstracted from things--as is the case with creatures--both because these are only in time with the things themselves, but the knowledge of God is eternal, and because he can have no cause out of himself).[1]
I know he is a theologian but I’m moving from that point as quickly as I can. So what is the point here? Simple God does not perceive knowledge as we perceive. As I said in the previous blog that the atheist tries to humanize God by putting the limitations of man on God. Man perceives though his senses but there are limits to what we can perceive even in senses that work excellently.
Consider this two people can watch a sudden car accident at the same time, from the same vantage point but when asked the chronology of the event they will give you two different stories, one may even leave out or add something to the actual event. But God does not perceive things with his senses like man does; God’s perception is the Work of the Holy Spirit therefore it can have not limitations because it is God.
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 1 Corinthians 2:10 (KJV)
Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Hebrews 4:13 (KJV)
For the man of God spiritual understanding of God’s knowledge brings us comfort, because we can spiritually discern the Omniscience of God. We don’t have to intellectually know God is Omniscience we can unlike the rest of the world let his Holy Spirit reveal to us his Omniscience. This becomes true when we began to act on the spiritual knowledge of His Omniscience, when we are in doubt we cry out Search me, 0h God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23,24)
This is the Spiritual knowledge of God’s Omniscience that the world can’t comprehend. We discern the infinite knowledge of God which fills us and unctions us to exalt His heavenly name. Way above even the wisest man is the simplest knowledge of God, as the heavens are above the earth so is the knowledge of God above man.
We wrestle with what even this day may bring for us, but all futurity is open to His omniscient gaze. The infinite knowledge of God fills the man or women of God with holy awe. Nothing we can do, nothing we can say not even anything that we can think, escapes the cognizance of God The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. Proverbs 15:3 (KJV) And because we know in the depths of our spirit that our every action is naked before the omniscient God we are fearful in his presence, rejoicing with trembling. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Psalms 2:11 (KJV)
This is a knowledge that the carnal mind of this world can not comprehend so we waste our time when we try to give them that understanding. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. Romans 8:7 (KJV) But because we are not of this world, God has given us these secret understandings. The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. Psalms 25:14 (KJV)
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. Romans 11:33-36 (KJV)

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1. Francis Turretin, Institutes of Elenctic Theology (Philipsburg, New Jersey: P & R Publishing, 1997), 1:207




The Indwelling of Omnipresence


God's Omniprensence in Us
When we think of Omnipresence we think as God being everywhere this was addressed earlier in the “Everywhere of Omnipresence” or as God incarnating God’s self for man to interact with, this was addressed in the “Theophany of Omnipresence” but there is another form of omnipresence that I think should be cleared up. And it is even more complicated than all the rest and of all the Attributes of God this is the one that we have power over.
This being the incarnation of God which is beyond the physical to the spiritual, it lives in us, and speaks to us, and through us, it exists to comfort us, and guide us into full maturation in the works of God. This incarnation is called the Holy Spirit (Ruah HaKodesh; Hebrew) (Pneuma Hagios; Greek) it is given to the believer of Christ as a promise from Jesus Christ. And because every man, woman, and child that walks on this earth has within him the free will to accept Jesus Christ as his Savior, none is excluded from the possibility of having the Holy Spirit dwelling in him; this is the Indwelling of Omnipresence.
Now with the Holy Spirit indwelling in us our body becomes as Paul says in a temple where God
dwells.
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, 1 Corinthian 6:19
Pay attention to the way this is written, the apostle Paul did not say that if you have received the Holy Spirit, then your body is a temple where God dwells. What he was trying to do was draw to the attention of the Church of Corinth that because they have accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, their bodies are a temple.
Now this becomes wholly important in our understanding that the Holy Spirit is not an option in the life of the believer, but rather (help me Holy Spirit) without the Holy Spirit dwelling in you there is no salvation! This is important because we are told that all we have to do is say that we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and we are saved, but this is far from the truth. I will write on the deeper understanding of parable of the sower in another blog. You can agree with me on that last statement about salvation or not.

So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Romans 8:8-9 (KJV)

Let me break down these two verses written by the Apostle Paul. The Apostle says that "those of the flesh can not please God, but you (he was speaking to the Church of Corinth ) are not of the flesh but of the spirit." Now pay close attention to these next two words. Paul writes “if so” if you truly are of the spirit, "be that the Spirit of God dwell in you." That was a statement of confidence, not a question. What the Apostle was saying is that, if so you are truly living your life after God then I am confident that the Spirit of God dwells in you. This is important because Paul understood that even then there were phony Christians among the Church of Corinth , just as it will be in your church.
Now the next line seals the deal the apostle writes "If any man have not the spirit of Christ he is none of his." Now who are those that belong to Christ, those that have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal savior, not just with their lips but also with their hearts? Because anyone can say “I accept Jesus Christ as my savior” and not have the contrite heart and they are not saved!
False Converts
In second Timothy 4:10 The apostle Paul writes “For Demas hath forsaken me having loved this present world.” You see Demas had accepted Christ as a savior with his lips but the desires of the
flesh (they that are of flesh can not please God) he esteemed greater than the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. In John 6:70 Jesus in speaking of Judas reply “One of you is a devil” You see Judas had promised to follow Christ but the desires of his flesh (lucre) was greater than his salvation. I’ve heard people say that Judas could not go to heaven because he hung himself. Let’s be real now Judas won’t get to heaven because he is a devil! Christ words not mine.
So both Demas and Judas did profess a Love for Christ but the Spirit of God never dwelt in them because they never accepted Christ with their hearts. Time after time the bible makes it clear that salvation is a product of the heart but we as Christian teach that it is a product of our lips, even though we see two biblical examples of false converts those that had professed a love for Christ with their lips, but whose heart was still desiring the things of this world
  • The bible says that God saves those of contrite spirit (broken hearted) Psalm 34:18;
  • God will not despise a contrite heart Psalm 51:17; ·
  • I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit Isaiah 57:15
So this incarnation of God is different in that God indwells in our very heart. This incarnation of God is not external to us but is the very spirit that guides us in righteousness, by giving us perfect interpretation of God’s word in the way that is specific to the individual person.

And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Acts 2:7-8 (KJV)

Now of all the Attributes of God, only the Indwelling Omnipresence do we have power by our action to defile. So be it drugs, homosexuality, adultery, fornication, effeminate, overeating, smoking, or excessive drinking, anything in which the body is directly affected we dishonor God by submitting to the lust of flesh. More importantly we defile the Holy Temple of God and place ourselves under a curse of destruction.

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God , and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God , him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 (KJV)

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