*Pastor’s Note: These lessons will be Scripture “heavy,” and though I am forewarning you I cannot apologize because it is the Word of God that brings things into the light. Remember that the Word says in the mouth of two or three witnesses, let everything be established. This is a spiritual principle that applies to the Word as well. (Matthew 18:16, 2 Corinthians 13:1). Also because of the need to explain, the lessons will have to be divided up into parts.
In the last two lessons we explored God’s Omniscience, His ability and nature of knowing all there ever was or will ever be concerning knowledge and His Omnipotence or His ability and nature of being all powerful and supremely and ultimately sovereign both in the realm of the natural and the spiritual.
We will now move on to one of my favorites, the study of His Omnipresence. I love to think and even speculate in the spiritual of just how BIG our God is and there is no way the human mind can comprehend in its present state! This is why I tell and teach people to TRY and think outside the box of normal and mainstream religion. Not with vain speculation, but to comprehend God in His character and personality. After all, He is Father to many of us.
OMNIPRESENCE: By Omnipresence we mean the ability AND nature of God Almighty to be everywhere present all at once. Now I want you to think about that statement for a moment, don’t just glean over it. Also, I am hopeful that you are beginning to see the correlation between the attributes we’ve discussed and how they are able to make God, in His person, the God that He is!
Now before moving on, I want you to remember that the Father is Spirit. Spirit is not seen, much like the wind is not seen, but the effects of the wind are definitely evident. So it is with God, as the Father. Since He IS Spirit, He can be and IS everywhere at once. In other words, He is here with us as He has promised to “never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5, Deuteronomy 31:8). At the same time He is billions of light-years across the universe where we cannot even go. Everywhere He has created, He is there right now.
Now if you love the science of physics, strain your brain on that thought. The term light years means that is the amount of time it takes for the light from a distant star or galaxy to get to us. In other words, the closest star which is about four-and-a-half light years away, the light we see today is actually four-and-a-half years old already! What we are seeing is the light from the past. Consider the light from BILLIONS of light-years away! Yet, God, the Father, is even there!
Consider these Scripture verses:
“But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You.” – 1 Kings 8:27.
“For His eyes are on the ways of man, And He sees all his steps. There is no darkness nor shadow of death Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.” – Job 34:21-22.
“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.” – Psalm 139:7-10.
Thus says the LORD: “Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest? For all those things My hand has made, And all those things exist,” Says the LORD. – Isaiah 66:1-2.
“Am I a God near at hand,” says the LORD, “And not a God afar off? Can anyone hide himself in secret places, So I shall not see him?” says the LORD; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the LORD. – Jeremiah 23:23-24.
“He made the Pleiades and Orion; He turns the shadow of death into morning And makes the day dark as night; He calls for the waters of the sea And pours them out on the face of the earth; The LORD is His name.” – Amos 5:8.
“He who builds His layers in the sky, And has founded His strata in the earth; Who calls for the waters of the sea, And pours them out on the face of the earth-The LORD is His name.” – Amos 9:6.
“And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” – Hebrews 4:13.
You can easily see by these Scriptures, and there are many more, that God is everywhere present. In other words, there is no place that our God is not! Because the Father is Spirit, He is in Heaven, “Hear in heaven Your dwelling place; . . .” – 1 Kings 8:30. (Isaiah 66:1, Revelation 21:2). But He is also as close to us as our heart. It has been said countless times that our God is as far away as the farthest heavens, but yet as close as my heart. This is what the Apostle John wrote in one of his letters, or epistles; “No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.” – 1 John 4:12. (Bold emphasis mine).
Now we know that the Father communicates with us Spirit to spirit, (Romans 8:16), for it was for the rebirth or renewal of our inner spirit that Jesus came as the Son. That was so that we COULD have a renewed relationship with our Creator, the Father. “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” – John 4:24. I found the following in my study and research on John’s verse and I loved it above many of the commentaries:
1Adam Clarke’s Commentary:
Verse 24. God is a Spirit] This is one of the first, the greatest, the most sublime, and necessary truths in the compass of nature! There is a God, the cause of all things-the fountain of all perfection-without parts or dimensions, for he is ETERNAL-filling the heavens and the earth-pervading, governing, and upholding all things: for he is an infinite SPIRIT! This God can be pleased only with that which resembles himself: therefore he must hate sin and sinfulness; and can delight in those only who are made partakers of his own Divine nature. As all creatures were made by him, so all owe him obedience and reverence; but, to be acceptable to this infinite Spirit, the worship must be of a spiritual nature-must spring from the heart, through the influence of the Holy Ghost: and it must be in TRUTH, not only in sincerity, but performed according to that Divine revelation which he has given men of himself. A man worships God in spirit, when, under the influence of the Holy Ghost, he brings all his affections, appetites, and desires to the throne of God; and he worships him in truth, when every purpose and passion of his heart, and when every act of his religious worship, is guided and regulated by the word of God.
We can therefore take comfort in the fact that our God is as close to us as our heart, or as others have said, as close as a whisper. As stated above in Deuteronomy and Hebrews, He will “never leave us nor forsake us,” but we further see this closeness in the Proverbs, the Wisdom of Solomon, “A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” – Proverbs 18:24. What comfort and what awesome assurance to the one who walks uprightly with the Spirit of the Lord!
In closing this section we should be aware though, and reminded, that because He KNOWS all, and He IS everywhere, there is nothing hid from Him. We should continue to walk with Him in reverential fear, awe and wonder and that in itself will constitute an act of worship.