Friday, August 5, 2022

The Infinity of God (Jeremiah 23:16-24)

Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the LORD (Jer. 23:24b).

Yesterday we briefly examined the eternality of God and how this attribute relates to our happiness. We learned that because God has always existed and always will, we have no fear of being alone. God will never leave us because He is eternal. This fact gives great comfort to believers who delight in the presence of God, and it strikes terror in the heart of those who oppose Him because they will never be able to escape Him.

Just as God’s eternality gives us the assurance that He will never leave us, His infinity assures us that we will always be in His presence. God is the very essence of being, therefore there cannot be a place where God is not. If something existed somewhere God was not, God would not be the essence of being—therefore, He would not be God. Infinity means that God has no limits. There can be only one infinite being because the existence of many would be a contradiction. If there were two infinite beings, they would limit each other, which would make them finite.

Concepts such as God’s infinity (or omnipresence) and eternality can be confusing and difficult to understand. This is because these are God’s incommunicable attributes. Unlike His love and righteousness, God’s infinity and eternality cannot be communicated to His creatures. While we can become righteous and holy, we cannot become infinite or eternal. Therefore, these concepts challenge our comprehension.

But we can understand what God’s infinity means to us and how it relates to our well-being. David wrote in Psalm 139, “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence? If I go up to the heavens, You are there; if I make my bed in the depths, You are there.” In these most eloquent strains David captured the meaning of God’s infinity and how it relates to us. No matter where we are, even if we are alone, God is with us. What a wonderful comfort! It is also a sober realization for those who think they can sin without God knowing it. God sees and knows all things because He is present everywhere. Like a child who finds happiness when in his mother’s presence, so God’s children find abundant joy in the constant presence of their heavenly Father.

Pantheism (the belief that the world is God and God is the world) is a popular belief today. How is God’s omnipresence not pantheistic? Why is pantheism unscriptural and illogical? Memorize Psalm 139:7–10 and think on it when you feel lonely or distant from God.