What is the higher pursuit, but to know God? But how can a finite being like myself, yourself, understand an infinite being like the God of the universe? We cannot fully understand him, just as we cannot fully understand a stranger, a friend, a lover, or ourselves. But we don't need to have a perfect understanding of our friend the divine creator of heaven and earth. We can know things about him, know what he is like, and by that gain a better understanding of our heavenly Father, and indeed have a better, richer, fuller experience of the God of heaven and earth on a daily basis.
Let's begin. I'm already said a few things about God, haven't I? He's infinite, and we are finite. What does that mean? Since the human soul is indeed eternal, to say we are finite beings I would be saying that we are beings that exist within time that have a definite starting point.
God is infinite. Let's look at Exodus chapter 3:
13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.[c] This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”
15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord,[d] the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’
“This is my name forever,
the name you shall call me
from generation to generation."
God's name "I am who I am" is a statement of self existence. No one created God. He is. Sometimes people don't like the idea of an uncreated first cause. But you have to have one. Otherwise there would be no end to anything, we'd just have to keep jumping back to who created what and it would never end. It doesn't make sense. There has to be, logically, a first cause that is uncaused. That's God. If you can't understand it, can't comprehend it, that's fine neither can I really!
Revelation 22:13 says "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End."
Alpha is the first letter of the greek alphabet, and omega is the last letter of that alphabet. Such wonderful language, beautiful written It's very mysterious. How can God be infinite, uncaused, eternal, all powerful, yet be the beginning, the end, the first and the last?
God is outside time is what the author is getting at. Time is a dimension of our existence as human beings. As I write these words, time is passing. And more time will pass while you're reading the words. God is not only here with me in this moment in time, he is in every future moment and every past moment, eternally present at every moment in all history, and beyond time itself.
It is true to say that God has chosen to step into the experience of time, when he came in the form of Jesus Christ. During that time he experienced time as a human would, moment by moment.
Sometimes we can dig in so deep, study so much scripture and learn so many apologetics but really who is God? What is he like? What does he do?
1 John 4:8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
Love is so important to the character of God that he is said to be love. One could write ten volumes on the relation of love, what is love, why is God love, what are the areas of love, what is tangible love, what isn't love, and how far does love go, but I won't step into that arena at this moment. I would be writing for days.
John 4:24 (ESV) God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Here's a mind-bender: Do you think they speak english in heaven? Of course they don't. You could possibly argue that they might speak hebrew or ancient greek, but highly doubtful. There is most likely a heavenly language. Isn't that intriguingly mind boggling?
It's important to explore these issues. Sometimes I feel so tied to a bolder of "acceptable conservative theology" that I'm trapped in a boring little bubble, and if I don't prang off the same dull lines that have been repeated since the dawn of the reformation I'm going to be publicly expelled. And then I'll be on Youtube with fifty different videos "Steckbauer EXPOSED." Type in Rick Warren or Mark Driscoll or John MacArthur or any big name evangelist/pastor and you'll see a laundry list of accusations. I digress.
Deuteronomy 32:4 (ESV) “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he."