[This is the first post in a new series on the attributes of God.]
And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.”
But You, O LORD, shall endure forever,
And the remembrance of Your name to all generations.
Not only will God continue to exist eternally into the future, but He has also always existed from eternity past. And not only has God existed since eternity past, but so has His redemptive plan for creation. Before the foundations of the world, God ordained the Creation, the Fall, the Incarnation and Resurrection of Jesus, and the salvation of God’s people. This eternality of God is a wondrous truth for the believer for it grants him confidence in the perseverence of his faith. Once a believer realizes that God has demanded the Christian’s salvation and perseverance from this sin-stained world, the believer can live without fear in the joy that God offers all of His children. Also of note is the fact that Christ is eternal in His sonship: He existed eternally before His incarnation s the First-Born over creation and will exist eternally post-resurrection as the glorified Son of God.
This post is adapted from Blue Letter Bible’s Theological FAQs page.
Robin Knapp saysSeptember 16, 2011 at 5:33 am
Thank you for your posts of immanence and eternal, have drawn me closer and deeper into receiving more of union with Him, and a security of His indwelling presence. Thank you.
Chris Poblete saysSeptember 16, 2011 at 11:05 am
That’s amazing! So thankful to hear that. Thanks for sharing with us! God bless.
Bernie Walker saysOctober 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm
Thank you for that definition of immanence. I had never heard of that. It seems to go with His very name of “Immanuel,” God with us.
Rex Cleveland saysMay 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm
Two months ago I was asked to teach at a newly formed men’s study. Knowing (observing) that many of the problems among God’s people are due to the fact that they have an incomplete knowledge of the Holy as presented in the Bible, the attributes of God was the very first subject to study. The words of Jesus’ prayer in John 17:3 clearly state, “And this is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.” NASV.
THANK YOU for posting this extremely important topic. It has been an especially valuable resource with the inclusion of the proper application to the knowledge presented.
2 Corinthians 13:14