Second Division ? Attributes having relation to Creation. 1. Omnipresence.
By this we mean that God, in the totality of his essence, without diffusion or expansion, multiplication or division, penetrates and fills the universe in all its parts.
<19D907> Psalm 139:7 sq. ? ?Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence?? <242323>Jeremiah 23:23, 24 ? ?Am I a God at hand, saith Jehovah, and not a God afar off? Do not I fill heaven and earth?? <441727>Acts 17:27, 28 ? ?he is not far from each one of us: for in him we live, and move, and have our being.? Faber: ?For God is never so far off As even to be near. He is within. Our spirit is The home he holds most dear. To think of him as by our side Is almost as untrue As to remove his shrine beyond Those skies of starry blue. So all the while I thought myself Homeless, forlorn and weary, Missing my joy, I walked the earth Myself God?s sanctuary.? Henri Amiel: ?From every point on earth we are equally near to heaven and the infinite.? Tennyson, The Higher Pantheism: ?Speak to him then, for he hears, and spirit with spirit can meet; Closer is he than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet.? ?As full, as perfect, in a hair as heart.? The atheist wrote ?God is nowhere,? but his little daughter read it ?God is now here,? and it converted him. The child however sometimes asks: ?If God is everywhere, how is there any room for us?? and the only answer is that God is not a material but a spiritual being, whose presence does not exclude finite existence but rather makes such existence possible. This universal presence of God had to be learned gradually. It required great faith in Abraham to go out from Ur of the Chaldees, and yet to hold that God would be with him in a distant land ( <581108>Hebrews 11:8). Jacob learned that the heavenly ladder followed him wherever he went ( <012815>Genesis 28:15). Jesus taught that ?neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, shall ye worship the Father? ( <430421>John 4:21). Our Lord?s mysterious comings and goings after his resurrection were intended to teach his disciples that he was with them ?always, even unto the end of the world? ( <402820>Matthew 28:20). The omnipresence of Jesus demonstrates, a fortiori, the omnipresence of God,
In explanation of this attribute we may say:
(a) God?s omnipresence is not potential but essential. We reject the Socinian representation that God?s essence is in heaven, only his power on earth. When God is said to ?dwell in the heavens,? we are to understand
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