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Omniscience (1) Perfect Knowledge Revealed

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Omniscience (1) Perfect Knowledge Revealed
by David Denninger - Saturday, 23 March 2024, 3:07 AM

“The firmament is proclaiming His handiwork” (Ps 19:1). Creation declares God’s perfect knowledge.

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made” (Rom 1:26).

The created universe is the finite expression of an infinite God. It is possible and wonderful because, first of all, God knows Himself perfectly.

a. God knows Himself perfectly

Because God is an infinite being, what there is to know about Him is infinite as well. His knowledge and His nature complement each other exactly.  His knowledge of Himself is without limit and complete. “God’s knowledge is His essence knowing. It is one eternal, all-comprehensive, indivisible act” (Hodge, Outlines of Theology, 144).

“For the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God” (1 Cor 2:10-11).

God expresses Himself perfectly

The world is firmly established because it is the expression of God’s infinite knowing, His wisdom and His perfect understanding. He instinctively knows the highest goals and the ideal means to attain those goals. 

“The Lord by wisdom founded the earth,
By understanding He established the heavens” (Prov 3:19).

“God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day” (Gen 1:31).

Because God’s knowledge of Himself is complete and eternal, it is immutable (unchanging).

He does not change and it does not change. “He, remaining Himself unmoved, moves all things, and so perceives all the various changes of things, by one immutable act of cognition” (Hodge, 145). This is an essential basis for God’s absolute trustworthiness as Lord of Creation. 

“Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For He commanded and they were created.
He has also established them forever and ever;
He has made a decree which will not pass away” (Ps 148:5-6).


                                                     (Spotlight 1, Lesson 7 in Doctrine 101: Learning about God)