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Immensity & Infinity – Attributes of God

[very similar to Omnipresence, which is a narrower concept]

Definition: Absence of Limitation

"His understanding" [is infinite] embraces everything there is to know. (Ps 147.5)

He "inhabits eternity." (Isa 57.15)

"Heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain" Him. (1 Kings 8:21)

"He is not far from each one of us." (Acts 17.27)

"Do I not fill heaven and earth?" (Jeremiah 23.24)

"...such a one was caught up to the third heaven. ...heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter." (2 Cor 12: 2-4) A place unknown to just about everyone?

Positive Definition: "He fills all that can be filled with all of Himself all the time."

Negative Definition: "There is no place where He is not."

Scriptures:

1 Kings 8:27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?

Deuteronomy 10:14 Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD’S thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is.

Psalms 113:4 The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.

Psalm 139:7-16

Psalms 139:7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

Psalms 139:8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

Psalms 139:9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

Psalms 139:10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

Psalms 139:11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.

Psalms 139:12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

Psalms 139:13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.

Psalms 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Psalms 139:15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

Psalms 139:16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

Jeremiah 23:24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.

2 Corinthians 12:2-4 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. 3 And I know such a man——whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows—— 4 how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

Psalms 90:8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.

Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

2 Chronicles 2:6 But who is able to build him an house, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain him? who am I then, that I should build him an house, save only to burn sacrifice before him?

2 Chronicles 6:18 But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!

ULet them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.

Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

Isaiah 66:1 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?

Daniel 4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?

Ephesians 1:23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Application to God’s Attribute of Immensity to Our Christian life and Prayer Life:

God’s immensity is called an incommunicable attribute, that is an absolute or non-relative, not communicable. It is one that we cannot relate to, one that we cannot practice like the other communicable attributes: Truth, Justice, Holiness, etc.

But there is still an application to this attribute. It has to do with the second commandment:

Ex 20:3-63 "You shall have no other gods before Me.

4 "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;

5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,

6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

This is like ‘putting God in a Box!’

You say: What Do You mean?

Well we do it after a sort at Christmas time:

Jesus is just a baby in a manger.

List some other ways:

 

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Putting God in a shrine is another way of putting God in a Box.

Making Man a God such as humanism does is like putting God in a box when we exalt man above God.

All these are really committing idolatry. Idolatry can be of two types:

 

 

Physical (God’s of stone, etc.)

 

Spiritual (the worship of things other than God with our human spirit).