Saturday, July 3, 2010

Back To Basics 101


BACK TO BASICS: GOD 101
- HE KNOWS EVERYTHING -
- HE IS ALL POWERFUL -
- HE IS UNCHANGING -
GOD KNOWS EVERYTHING!
Sadly, there are some who would teach of a god who somehow does not know all things.
They will assert that there is some deficiency in his knowledge. That he must learn things
like a man.
This may be a god of religion, but it is not the God of Scripture. We will go back to the
basics, back to a scriptural foundation of the True and Living God.
Regardless of what His creatures may assert, the God of Scriptures knows all things.
GOD’S KNOWLEDGE IS PERFECT
“… Him Who is perfect in knowledge” (Job 37:16).
GOD’S UNDERSTANDING IS INFINITE
“… His understanding is infinite” (Psalms 147:5).
GOD KNOWS ALL THINGS
“… God … knows all things” (I John 3:20).
GOD DECLARES THE END FROM THE BEGINNING
“… I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like Me,
declaring the end from the beginning” (Isaiah 46:9-10).
GOD DECLARES THINGS THAT ARE NOT YET DONE
“… I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like Me, …
declaring from ancient times the things that are not yet done” (Isaiah 46:9-10).
GOD’S COUNSEL STANDS; HE DOES ALL THAT PLEASES HIM
“My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure” (Isaiah 46:9-10).
SUMMATION OF GOD’S KNOWLEDGE BY PAUL
“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How
unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out! For who has
known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor? … For of Him, and
through Him, and to Him, are all things: to Whom be glory for the ages. Amen”
(Romans 11:33-36).
Did it ever occur to you that nothing ever occurred to God?
Regardless of what His finite creatures may have to say, the infinite God of Scripture is
all knowing. Period.
Rest in that.
GOD IS ALL POWERFUL!
Then there are some who would teach of a god who somehow is not the sovereign of the
universe. That he can’t manage to do exactly what he want to do, and that he is somehow
actually subject to his creatures.
This too may be a god of religion, but it is not the God of Scripture. Purely and simply,
regardless of what His creatures may assert, the God of Scripture is the absolute
Sovereign of His Own universe.
GOD IS ALMIGHTY
“… I am the Almighty God …” (Genesis 17:1).
“… God Almighty …” (Genesis 28:3; 35:11; Exodus 6:3, etc.).
THERE IS NOTHING TOO HARD FOR ALMIGHTY GOD
“Is anything too hard for the LORD?” (Genesis 18:14).
“Ah Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heaven and the earth by Your great
power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for You” (Jeremiah
32:17).
GOD’S COUNSEL STANDS; HE DOES ALL THAT PLEASES HIM
“My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure” (Isaiah 46:9-10).
“Our God is in the heavens: He has done whatsoever He has pleased” (Psalms
115:3).
GOD IS SOVEREIGN IN ALL OF THE AFFAIRS OF MEN
Nebuchadnezzar was an earthly monarch which appeared to be a sovereign; but there is a
Sovereign in heaven Who has all things under His control. Nebuchadnezzar would learn
the great truth that,
“… the most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whoever He will …”
(Daniel 4:17, 25)
“… all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and He does according
to His will … among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand …”
(Daniel 4:35)
God’s sovereignty over all the affairs of men – even those that are “sovereign” – is taught
throughout the Scriptures.
“… Are not You God in heaven? Do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the
heathen? In Your hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to
withstand You?” (II Chronicles 20:6)
“The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: He turns it
wherever He will” (Proverbs 21:1).
In fact, it is God Who is the,
“… Great King over all the earth” (Psalms 47:2).
GOD’S SOVEREIGN POWER EXTENDS EVEN TO THE SMALL DETAILS OF OUR DAILY
LIVES
“And my days, all of them were written up on Your scroll; The days, they were
formed when there was not one of them” (Psalms 139:16).
He even keeps tract of the number of hairs on your head!
“But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: you
are of more value than many sparrows” (Luke 12:7).
God’s very title in Scripture is “El,” meaning “Subjector.” There are those who, refusing
to glorify Him AS GOD, become vain in their imaginations and attempt to make God like
unto themselves – thus becoming fools (Romans 1:21-23). They teach of a god who,
somehow, has lost control of his universe. They present him as not knowing what will
happen next, and as a result he is made in their minds to be in a constant state of
attempting to play “catch up” with his creation.
Regardless of what His creatures may assert, the God of Scripture is the all-wise, allpowerful
Sovereign of His Own universe. Period.
Rest in that.
GOD IS UNCHANGING!
Sadly, there are also some who would teach of a god who, somehow, is ever-changing.
They aspire to present him as not knowing the future, and making mere tentative plans,
waiting to see what his creatures will do, so as to change his mind and will according to
theirs.
This also may be religion’s god, but it is not the God of Scripture. We will go back to the
basics; back to a scriptural foundation of the true and living God.
Regardless of what His creatures may assert, the God of Scripture is the all-wise, allpowerful,
unchanging Sovereign of His Own universe.
GOD IS ALWAYS THE SAME
“… They shall be changed, but You are the same, and Your years shall have no
end” (Psalms 102:27).
GOD DOES NOT CHANGE
“I am the LORD, I change not” (Malachi 3:6).
THERE IS NO VARIABLENESS, OR SHADOW OF TURNING WITH GOD
“… The Father of lights, with Whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning”
(James 1:17).
GOD IS NOT A MAN THAT HE SHOULD CHANGE HIS MIND
“God is not a man, that He should fail; neither the son of man, that He should
repent: has He said, and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken, and shall He not
make it good?” (Numbers 23:19).
“The Strength of Israel will not fail nor repent: for He is not a man, that He should
repent” (I Samuel 15:29).
Regardless of what His finite creatures may have to say, the infinite God of Scripture is
unchanging. Period.
Our God, the God of the Scriptures knows everything, is all powerful, and never changes
His mind. Now there is a God to be trusted. There is a place of comfort and rest.
Rest in Him.
Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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© 2010

2 comments:

Brother Mark said...

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Rachel DiPaolo said...

Thank you for this powerful list of truths. When you read it all worry, concern, anxious dissipates.

Rachel