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Immensity & Infinity – Attributes of God
[very similar to Omnipresence, which is a narrower concept]
"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?
1 Kings 8:27But 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.
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 23:24Can 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:
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:
Spiritual (the worship of things other than God with our human spirit).