Divine Essence by R.B. Thieme, Jr.

Feb 21st, 2013 | By admin | Category: Religion

The Characteristics of

Divine Essence

We continue to learn as long as we live on this earth. God has never had to learn anything. He has always known everything - every thought, every motive, every event and every action of every person in the world billions of years before they ever came on the scene. Darkness hides nothing from God (Psa. 139:12). He knows “the end from the beginning” (Isa. 46:10; cf. Isa. 41:26; 42:9; 43:9; Acts 2:23; 15:18). Because He is omniscient, He knows what is best for those who trust in Him (Nah. 1:7). We may not understand the adversities and sufferings which come into our lives; yet when we view them in retrospect, it becomes apparent that God knew all along what He was doing (John 13:7).

No one in the human race can even begin to approach the infinite wisdom and understanding of God: “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!” (Rom. 11:33; cf. 1 Sam. 16:7; Psa. 44:21; 147:5b; Prov. 3:19; 5:21; 17:3; Jer. 17:10; 51:15; Matt. 6:8; Rom. 8:27; 1 John 3:20). Yet it is God’s intention that every believer come to understand EVERYTHING in the Bible - IN TIME. Anything which God intended to remain inscrutable to our finite minds ws not included in the Canon of Scripture (Deut. 29:29). Certainly, you will not grasp the doctrinal content of the bible all at once, for knowledge is built knowledge; but if you stay with it, ti can be done - and SHOULD BE DONE! Remember, every book in the Bible was written by a human author who understood what he was recording.

omnipresence.

God is ever-present: “Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth…?” (Jer. 23:24). God is not limited by time or space. He is both immanent (John 14:23) and transcendent (Acts 17:24). This explains such phrases as  “the heavens cannot contain thee” (1 Kgs. 8:27), and “heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool” (Isa. 66:1). In other words, He is in both the heavens and the earth simultaneously (Deut. 4:39). This is one of the factors that made it impossible for Jesus Christ to go to the Cross as God. Deity cannot reduce itself to one place; therefore, He had to become true humanity. When Jesus Christ went to the Cross, He did not bear our sins in His divine essence but IN HIS OWN BODY (1 Pet. 2:24).

It should be a sobering thought for the unbeliever to realize that he cannot escape the presence of God (Psa. 139:7; Prov. 15:3) but comforting for believers to know that He will never leave them nor forsake them (Heb. 13:5; cf. Psa. 23:6; 139:8-10).

OMNIPOTENCE.

God is all-powerful, limitless in ability: “Great is our Lord, and of great power…” (Psa. 147:5; cf. Gen. 17:1; 18:14; Psa. 24:8; 93:1; Isa. 40:26; 50:2; Jer. 27:5; 32:19; Matt. 19:26). God has a power which, like His love, is totally devoid of human props. We usually associate power with the physical body; but God does not need muscles - He doesn’t even have a body!

God is also limitless in His authority. By His power He rules and upholds all things (1 Chron. 29:11, 12; Psa. 33:9; 66:7a; Rom. 13:1; Heb. 1:3). The only limit to God’s power is negative volition on the part of angels and mankind. God’s power and authority are manifested in many ways. The creation of the universe and the restoration of the earth are among the greatest demonstrations of His power (Gen. 1; Jer. 32:17). Others include His works in regard to Israel, such as the dividing of the Red Sea (Psa. 74:13) and the conquering of their enemies (Joshua and Judges; 2 Chron. 25:8).

God is mighty to save (Neh. 1:10; Heb. 7:25); and to those who believe in Christ He makes known “what is the exceeding greatness of his power …according to the working of his mighty power” (Eph. 1:19). He is mighty to keep the believer (1 Pet. 1:5). Nothing and no one - not even Satan himself - can remove us from this earth, with the exception of our own volition (suicide), until it is the Lord’s time for us to go home. The Lord God omnipotent says to all believers, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?” (Jer. 32:27). When we learn to apply this, we will respond with Job, “I KNOW that thou canst DO EVERYTHING…” (Job 42:2), and we will relax in the knowledge that “with God NOTHING shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).