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Omnipresence (3) God’s Full Presence

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Omnipresence (3) God’s Full Presence
by David Denninger - Saturday, 23 March 2024, 3:14 AM

The prefix “omni”- in the word “omnipresence” refers not only to the universal extent of God’s being, but also to how “fully” He is present — how much of Him is in any given place at all times. He is not just partially present everywhere. His immensity must not be understood to suggest that as infinite spirit He is stretched out over the universe so that He is not completely present anywhere. God is fully present everywhere.

But, as spirit, God does not occupy any place in the sense that physical objects occupy space. He has no physical qualities that take up space. There is never any distance of space between us and God.

“‘Am I a God Who is near,’ declares Yahweh,
‘And not a God far off?
Can a man hide himself in hiding places,
So I do not see him?’ declares Yahweh.
‘Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?’ declares the Lord” (Jer 23:23-24).

David recognizes and confesses the wonder of God’s immediate presence everywhere:

“You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.

If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.

My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
Your eyes have seen my unformed substance” (Ps 139:5-10, 15-16).

Paul declares how very close and how very essential God’s immensity is for all created existence:

““In Him we live and move and exist” (Acts 17:27-28). 


                                              (Spotlight 3, Lesson 6 in Doctrine 101: Learning about God)