Yesterday we looked at the Omniscience of God and today I want to continue investigating the three main terms we use to describe God’s attributes or characteristics by looking at the Omnipresence of God.
I noted that God was infinite and man often tries to shove God into man’s limited (finite) comprehension. So true it is in trying to understand the final of the three main terms we use to describe God’s attributes or characteristics. How can man possibly grasp being in two places at once, now consider everywhere at once?
Webster 1828 Dictionary defines Omnipresence as:
OMNIPRES’ENCE, n. s as z. [L. omnis, and presens, present.]Presence in every place at the same time; unbounded or universal presence; ubiquity. Omnipresence is an attribute peculiar to God.
In Pastor Fortner’s quote above he uses the word sobering to describe the attitude, he gets when thinking upon God’s omnipresence. It is an interesting choice of words, if we once again look at Webster’s definition, paying close attention to #5 Serious; solemn; grave, it makes sense. God is everywhere at all times needs to be taken seriously, the fact should drive us to live Holy lives, knowing there are grave consequences.
Our main text for today is just one of many scriptures that clearly show the omnipresence of God. Yes, it is true, the term Omnipresence is not found in the Bible but that is not a reason to discard it theologically. Neither are the terms Abortion or Homosexual, but a “true Christian” would not argue that those were not clearly defined Biblical subjects.
William S. Plumber in his classic Theology for the People, Biblical Doctrine, Plainly Stated says: God is everywhere present. He fills immensity. He is a spirit, and cannot be divided; yet he is always present in every place with the whole of his being and nature. No limits can bound him. A good part of the one hundred and thirty-ninth Psalm is taken up in celebrating God’s omnipresence. “You both precede and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to know! I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the place of the dead, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me.” Psalm 139:5-10. Nowhere does the Psalmist use more beautiful imagery than here. The sun is distant from the earth ninety-two millions of miles; and yet ninety-two millions of times ninety-two millions of miles beyond the sun in every direction God is, as much present as in our earth.
We should be ever and immensely grateful and in awe, that our God knows no bounds and can be everywhere when everyone needs Him at once.
THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD From Thomas Watson’s “Body of Divinity “The OMNIPRESENCE of God
Nothing escapes His notice! From Arthur Pink, “The Attributes of God”