Theology: God (GOD IS INFINITE)

The term infinite only appears in scripture once in Psalm 147:5, “Great is our Lord, and of great power; his understanding is infinite.” The term seems to have the idea in the Hebrew of without number. (This is Strong’s word number 4557 “mis-pawr”) The term is used in purely mathematical thought of number, or is also used to tell of God’s wonders that are without number. Psalm 40:5 mentions that His thoughts and works are so many that we can’t number them.

 

Another term you may find is “immensity.” Immense according to Webster is, “…..marked by greatness esp. in size or degree; esp: transcending ordinary means of measurement…..” (By permission. From Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary copyright 1991 by Merriam- Webster Inc., publisher of the Merriam-Webster (registered) Dictionaries.)

 

What is the difference between immensity and omnipresence? Immensity is the size or extent while omnipresence is the fact that He is everywhere, or his presence if you will.

 

Infinite has two directions of definition. First, He is in size, limitless. Secondly, He is in characteristics, limitless to the extent of his attributes and nature.

 

He may be limited by some of his attributes. For example we saw that His power was limited in that He cannot act inconsistently with Himself. He cannot make a rock too big to lift. In this sense He has limitations within His attributes, however not in His size.

 

He is limitless. It is not that we don’t know His limits, but that He is truly limitless.

 

 

Theissen says, “By the immensity of God we mean His infinity in relation to space.” (Thiessen, Henry C.; “Lectures In Systematic Theology”; Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1949,p 122)

 

References You Might Want To Consider: 1 Kings 8:27, 2 Chronicles 2:6, Jeremiah 23:24, Job. 11:7-9, Psalm 139:7ff, Isaiah 66:1, Acts 17:28.

 

POSSIBLE PROBLEMS

 

1. Does the person that rejects Christ diminish God’s mercy? Does the person that rejects Christ diminish any of God’s attributes? NO. That person rejects and refuses to accept those perfect gifts of mercy, grace and salvation that have been set before him. God is not diminished in any way.

 

2. Psalm 78:41 mentions, “Yea, they turned back and tested God, and limited the Holy one of Israel.” How do we answer this statement if we say that God is infinite and that man cannot diminish God? They limited what God could do for them but they set no limit on God as such. His attributes, character and nature were unaffected. He could not do the great things that He wanted to do for them.

 

3. Some suggest that man is infinite as well. Job. 22:5 mentions that man’s sins are infinite. The thought being that, if we can sin infinitely, we must be infinite in other ways. WRONG. This is a different word than we have been considering. Our sin is infinite for it is toward an infinite God. Our sin is infinite for we can do nothing with it in and of ourselves. Our sin is infinite for it will go on for eternity if it isn’t cared for. The infinite thought is carried into hell which is for all of eternity.

 

APPLICATION

 

1. God is infinite so as we learn of Him we can know that we can never run out of things to learn about Him. We can study for years and never know all there is to know about Him.

 

2. Would it be safe to assume that the attribute of infinite is why God is so longsuffering? He allows man to run on as long as His justice will allow.

He is infinitely gracious, at least to the limits of His justice and righteousness.

 

 

3. He is infinite in understanding. He can understand any mixed up mess or problem that we present to Him. Sometimes I have a big truck load of facts that just boggle my mind and I have a terrible time figuring out all the details of the mess. He instantly knows all of the ins and outs of such messes and has no problem in understanding. He is the one to go to when you have a mess that you can’t sort out.

 

4. I wonder if this does not relate to the infinite types and looks of people. We are created in His image. He would have infinite creativity. I can be very pleased and thankful that I am one of a kind.[1]

 


[1] Stanley L. Derickson Ph.D. B.A. (n.d.). DERICKSON’S NOTES ON THEOLOGY: A STUDY BOOK IN THEOLOGY.

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