Divine Essence by R.B. Thieme, Jr.Jan 3rd, 2013 | By admin | Category: Religion
The Oneness of God
Any discussion of the Doctrine of the Trinity must include three concepts: the oneness of God, the three modes of being of the one and only God, and the equality of each of the Three. When the Bible speaks of the oneness of God, it is in no way contradictory to the concept of the Trinity. The oneness of God refers to His essence (Acts 17:29; Rom. 1:20; Col. 2:9). God IS ONE IN ESSENCE! God HAS ONE ESSENCE! This means that all the characteristics of divine essence are resident in each Member of the Godhead. Sovereignty, righteousness, justice, love, eternal life, omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence, immutability and veracity are possessed equally by the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In their essence they are absolutely the same. However, this is the only way in which God is one. Since each Person in the Trinity possesses identical essence,these characteristics are what unite the Three as One God.
The Characteristics of
Sovereignty. God is, first of all, sovereign - that is, God has supreme volition. His volition has always existed, and there is no higher volition in the universe. As Sovereign, God is the Supreme Being of the universe: “Know therefore…the Lord he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else” (Deut. 4:39; cf. 1 Sam. 2:6-8; 1 Chron. 29:11; 2 Chron. 20:6; Psa. 83:18; Isa. 45:5, 6; Acts 17:24).
He is also said to be the King of heaven and earth (Psa. 47:2; 93:1; Matt. 6:13; Heb. 8:1; Rev. 4:2, 3); eternal (Psa. 93:2); infinite (Psa. 8:1; Acts 5:39; Heb. 6:13); and self-determining (Job 9:12; Psa. 115:3; 135:6; Prov. 21:1; Dan. 4:35). The Scripture states certain expressions of divine volition: “…My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure” (Isa. 46:10; cf. Eph. 1:5). God’s pleasure resulted in a Plan for humanity (Psa. 24; John 3:16; Heb. 6:17).
In harmony with His sovereign decree that man be allowed freedom of choice, God will never use His absolute will to coerce the volition which He gave man (John 7:17). God honors your decisions, whether they are for or against Him. As far as the believer is concerned, God has a Plan for his life - to take in Bible doctrine (1 Tim. 4:16) under the provisions of grace by means of the communication of doctrine by the pastor-teacher, the filling of the Holy Spirit, and positive volition transferring that doctrine to the human spirit and to the right lobe of the mentality. You can choose to accept His will and move on into a fantastic “super-grace” life in which God pours out His blessings (Jas. 4:6), or you can choose to go against that will and wind up under divine discipline (Heb. 12:6).
As far as the unbeliever is concerned, God’s will is that all should be saved (2 Pet. 3:9; Rev. 22:17). Those who accept His will for salvation and believe in Jesus Christ receive everlasting life; those who reject Him, everlasting condemnation.
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him (John 3:36).