TEEN TREE           OF LIFE

DIVINE ESSENCE

Part 3

May 7, 2017

 

BEFORE we begin, if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, take a moment to name your sins to God the Father. This will allow you to be filled with the power of The Holy Spirit as you read this booklet (EPH 5:18 & 1JO 1:9). IF YOU HAVE never believed in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you have that opportunity right now. Simply tell God the Father that you are believing on His Son Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. If you make that decision, you are now a believer and will always be a child of God! When you die, you will spend eternity with Him forever in heaven! (JOH 3:16 & ACT 16:31).

 

In our study of Divine Essence, we are looking at omniscience. Being omniscient means you are all-knowing. All three members of the Godhead are omniscient. The Father is said to be omniscient and perfect in knowledge: … your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. (MAT 6:8). The Son knows all things, too as we learn in JOH 2:25: He did not need anyone to testify concerning man, for He Himself knew what was in man. God the Holy Spirit is called The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, counsel and knowledge in ISA 11:2: The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

 

God is also omnipresence. This means that He is everywhere: “Can a man hide himself in hiding places, so I do not see him?” Declares the Lord. “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” Declares the Lord.” (JER 23:24) God is present throughout the universe. He is immanent – which means He lives inside believers. He is also transcendent which means that He exists apart from the universe. This explains such statements as 1KI 8:27: Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You, how much less this house which I have built! And ISA 66:1 “Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest?” God is both in the heavens and the earth simultaneously. This explains why Our Lord Jesus Christ had to become a man. Deity cannot reduce itself to one place; therefore, He had to become true humanity. When the Lord Jesus Christ went to The Cross, He did not bear our sins in His Divine Essence but as 1PE 2:24 teaches us, He did it in His own body. Knowing these Divine Attributes increases your personal love for God!

 

It should be a sobering thought for unbelievers to realize that they cannot escape the Presence of God. Think about that! PRO 15:3 states: The eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the evil and the good. Omnipresence should be a serious issue to the unbeliever, but for the believer it should be very comforting. The believer can be assured that God will never leave him or forsake him because He is always there – AS PROMISED! This promise is made in HEB 13:5: for He himself has said, “I will never desert you nor will I ever forsake you.”

 

All three members of The Trinity Possess Omnipresence, too. It’s taught that The Father is Omnipresent in 2CH 2:6: But who is able to build a house for Him, for the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain Him? So who am I, that I should build a house for Him, except to burn incense before Him? The Son said in MAT 28:20: “I am with you always even to the end of the age.” In fact, the indwelling of The Lord Jesus Christ is a reflection of His Omnipresence, as well. This is because it proves He is everywhere! The Holy Spirit is ever present in PSA 139:7: Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?

 

God is also Omnipotent! Omnipotence means all-powerful and limitless in ability. Nothing is too difficult for Him. Look at PSA 24:8: Who is the King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle. ISA 40:26 says it beautifully: Lift up your eyes on high And see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, Not one of them is missing. In 1CH 29:11, we read: Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.

 

PSA 66:7 says that He rules by His Power (Omnipotence) forever. God’s Power is not shown with muscle. His Power is in His Word: And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high(HEB 1:3) says He upholds all things by the Word of His Power. This Power is used by God to keep the believer safe for Him forever: …who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1PE 1:5)

 

God’s Power is not limited at all; however, you must understand that all that happens is not from His Power. God has allowed both angels and mankind to possess volition and each has used that volition in a negative way. Volition takes God (and His Power) out of the equation. When we understand God’s Omnipotence, we will be assured that nothing is too difficult for Him. As Our Lord Jesus Christ said in MAT 19:26: “with God all things are possible.” Job said, after he went through more suffering than anyone alive, “I know that you can do all things,” (JOB 42:1)

 

As with all of God’s Qualities and Attributes, all Three Members of The Trinity possess Omnipotence. God The Father does according to ISA 44:24: Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb, “I, the Lord, am the maker of all things, Stretching out the heavens by Myself And spreading out the earth all alone… Jesus Christ is said to control history and uphold all things by the Word of His Power in HEB 1:3: And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high

 

By His Power, The Lord Jesus Christ Healed the sick and Forgave their sin in LUK 5:24: But, so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,”—He said to the paralytic—“I say to you, get up, and pick up your stretcher and go home.” He also has the Power to raise the dead. He imparts eternal life to those who believe: …and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. (JOH 10:28)

 

God the Holy Spirit has complete Power and Omnipotence. In fact, The Holy Spirit is the One Who Brings His Power on the believer in the Church-Age: “…but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” (ACT 1:8). ZEC 4:6 says, it’s “not by might nor by power but by My Spirit says the Lord.”

 

As Justice is the Guardian of Divine Essence, Omnipotence is that which gives life and action to the Attributes of God. Now what kind of attitude should the believer have about God’s Omnipotence? Well, it’s very comforting to know that it’s this same Power which keeps us saved and protects us. This Power should lead us to worship and adore such a Wondrous, Infinite and Perfect God, Who also, loves us with a Divine Love which will never change. As a member of the Royal Family of God and the future Bride of Christ, your worship and respect toward God is revealed by the confidence you have as a believer. This confidence comes from knowing that nothing is too hard for him!

{to be continued}

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