In which you discover the often-neglected implications of this classical attribute.
The omniscience of God is a straight-forward doctrine: God knows everything–past, present and future.
Why should you care? Simple.
If you think hard enough about God’s omniscience, it will create terror in you–or fascination.
The reason I’m bringing this up is because it relates to living a vivid, meaningful life rather than a short, brutal one…in fact, pointing back to an article earlier in the week about weaning ourselves off of addictions by a simple, uninhibited pursuit of the knowledge of God.
At the core of our sin and wretched state is a lack of belief in God’s existence and attributes–especially omniscience. This lack of belief allows our sin to escalate out of control.
A. W. Tozer lamented the loss of the fear of God. He understood the concrete respect it afforded God. Lose that fear and you have a unbridled satisfaction to please the self.
So Let’s explore the six implications of God’s omniscience…and take a step away from the brutal and nasty life of chronic, enslaving sin.
Omniscience Means We Cannot Hide Anything from God
One of the most obvious–and frightening–aspects of God’s knowledge is that he sees our secret thoughts. Everything is laid bare.
We are naked before God.
We cannot think, plan or scheme without God knowing. He sees our agenda and understands what motivates us. Our words are seen by God before we utter them. Nothing is hidden from God.
Omniscience Means God’s Knowledge Is Perfect
God never learned. Cannot learn. And has no need to learn.
God’s knowledge is perfect because God is absolute perfection. Perfection means God knows himself perfectly. And if he knows himself perfectly, then there is nothing that he doesn’t know, including our thoughts, words or deeds.
In City of God 11.1 Augustine said, “Neither does His attention pass from thought to thought, for His knowledge embraces everything in a single spiritual continuation.”
Nothing–even the smallest thing–escapes His knowledge. And he can’t lie.
Omniscience Means God’s Knowledge is Unlimited
God is infinite. His knowledge is identical to his infinitude. Thus, he has infinite knowledge.
Furthermore, we find it impossible to fathom God’s sleepless, everlasting knowledge. Or to explain God’s ways.
His judgments are unsearchable. His decrees without sum. We are overcome by his infinite knowledge.
Omniscience Means God Appoints All Works Beforehand
We were in God’s mind before he created us. Ephesians 1:11:
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.
He appoints all the births, deaths and in-betweens for every living object–and he does it because he can. And the events God predicted happened just as he said they would, so people would not credit these events to other gods.
Omniscience Means God Foresees All
God’s knowledge extends to all that is real–including our future needs.
And before the earth was formed, God determined every elect sinner–however vile, useless and deserving of death–by trusting in Christ would be made righteous.
Origen contended, “God knows the future of all things, including the sins of mankind.”
Why God’s Omniscience Is Important to You
That God knows you–every thought, mystery, doubt, sin, worry or fear–through and through can be a cause of terror to the man that has something to hide.
But to the man who has nothing to hide, God’s omniscience can be a fascination. A trigger to unbridled adoration.
What does God’s omniscience trigger in you: Fear? Adoration? Or both? Leave your thoughts–brutal and all–in the comments.
**Part of The Nature of God: A Quick and Dirty Guide series.**