Saturday 29th February 2020 Devotion
Scripture:- Psalm 102:1-28
Topic:- The Attributes Of God [12, 13 & 14]
Text:- Exodus 3:14
When we say God is omniscient, we mean that He knows all that there is to know. There is nothing that is outside the scope of His conception, understanding, or attention.
God neither studies nor learns for one cannot increase a knowledge that is already insurmountable. Neither does probability exist for God; all things either are or are not in His perspective.
There is no maybe. There are no potentially infinite realities as the faux-hip coffeehouse philosophers and comic book writers are so fond of speculating.
There is one reality and God knows it in its entirety, as it exists by, through, and for Him. God is neither surprised by the way the world works itself out, nor shocked by the choices we make.
Omniscience is the passive end of His providence — the working out of God’s predetermined purpose via His sovereignty (that is, His mastery over all that is) — in that it is the means by which providence can exist, but neither the engine nor the fuel that brings about His action.
Righteousness is similar to goodness and holiness, but differs in that it requires works to establish it. Something (like Adam) can be holy, but not righteous if good works do not accompany it.
God is good, but He refers to Himself as righteous because He works the good as well. Christians are called righteous, not because they have any ability to accomplish good works, but because they reside in the good works (or righteousness) of Christ. Christ’s obedience is transferred to us and God grants us eternal life as a result!
While God is one, He manifests Himself in three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit.
In the Old Testament often the plural form of the Hebrew word God is used when speaking about Him (Elohim). The Bible refers to the “Angel of the Lord” several times. This is a reference to a physical manifestation of God (Genesis 16, 18). The Holy Spirit is also mentioned in the Old Testament. See Genesis 1:2; Judges 6:34.
The doctrine of the Trinity is taught even more clearly in the New Testament. The baptism of Christ, shows the three persons of the Trinity. God speaks as the Holy Spirit descends from heaven to Jesus. See Matthew 3:16-17.
Another example is the way in which we are instructed to be baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. See Matthew 28:19.
Jesus also said that He would ask God the Father to send the Holy Spirit as a comforter. See John 14.
The Bible also claims that each one of the three are God, the Father in Romans 1:7; the Son in Hebrews 1:8; the Spirit in Acts 5:3, 4.
Prayer Point:- Oh Lord God, You are good and Your goodness is for ever, bestow upon me henceforth by fire, in the name of Jesus Christ.
Have A Blessed Saturday!