Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Foundational Truths – God – Infinite

As we continue to build our picture of God we begin to see reoccurring themes which seem to say roughly the same thing(s) about Him.  This is due in great part to this writer’s limited understanding of Him and the inability to fully comprehend Him and still further to verbally articulate Someone who at some point resists all attempts to be comprehended.  

Today’s topic will be little different.

Now we have seen in the past God is eternal and one would be tempted to equate that to being infinite as well, but it does not follow that just because He is eternal that He would be infinite as well since one may be eternal but not infinite.  But I am convinced He could be infinite without being eternal.  For instance man is eternal from the moment of his creation however his eternality is moving in a forward direction but he is not infinite.  God’s eternality moves to infinity in both past and future (if we can say it that way).  He is the eternal now.

So let’s begin… yep you guessed it; Webster states of infinite:

1. Without limits; unbounded; boundless; not circumscribed; applied to time, space and qualities. God is infinite in duration, having neither beginning nor end of existence. He is also infinite in presence, or omnipresent, and his perfections are infinite. We also speak of infinite space.

2. That will have no end. Thus angels and men, though they have had a beginning, will exist in infinite duration.

3. That has a beginning in space, but is infinitely extended; as, a line beginning at a point, but extended indefinitely, is an infinite line.

4. Infinite is used loosely and hyperbolically for indefinitely large, immense, of great size or extent.

Without limits certainly about sums it up so that the infinity of God means that He is limitless, measureless and boundless.  His Divine infinity indicates that the limitations of finite creatures do not apply to him.  So that whatever God is (love, faithfulness, righteous, wise, wrath, etc), He is without limit; and whatever He is cannot be measured.  He is not bound or restricted by space, time, or matter.  There is no point, edge, or line confining God, and no size or weight that can catalog Him. 

And yet on the opposite end of the spectrum we have Eliphaz the Temanite responding to Job in part: "Is not your wickedness great, and your iniquities without end?”  (Job 22:5).

So that man is infinite in his iniquities if Eliphaz is correct; and given other passages I believe he is.  How much more needful is it for the man whose iniquities are infinite, who is dead in his sin against God (Eph 2:1,5; Col 2:13), how much more needful is it that he be regenerated (Eph 4:23,24), that he be born again (Jn 3:3,7), that he put off the old man and put on the new?  How much more needful is it that he be made a new creature in Christ Jesus (2 Cor 5:17)?  How much more needful indeed!


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