HOUSE FELLOWSHIP TEACHING OUTLINE (14/03/2018)
TOPIC: THE CHARACTER OF GOD (PART 5)
TEXT: Isaiah 2:3
Those who have been following our series can relate with the fact that we have been studying the character of God through His attributes. Attributes, as you all know, refer to qualities, characteristics, traits or aspects of a person. So, we have seen God as holy, good and gracious. We have also said that He is merciful, faithful, immutable etc. All these give a good picture of God and prepare us to walk in His path.
There are other ways of studying the character of God, which we shall turn to from next week, but today we will round off on His attributes by looking at a few more of His characteristics that no other being possesses.
GOD IS OMNIPRESENT
In simple terms, this means that God is everywhere – in and around everything, close to everyone. Hear the word of the omnipresent One in Jeremiah 23:23-34 “Am I not a God near at hand” – God decrees – “and not a God far off? Can anyone hide in a corner where I can’t see him?” Decrees God. “Am I not present everywhere, whether seen or unseen?” God’s Decree (Message). Listen again, in Proverbs 15:3, it says that the eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the evil and the good. The truth is that nothing happens in heaven and on earth without the Lord’s (prior) knowledge.
*Please read the following scriptures: Psalm 139:7-10; Acts 17:27; Matthew 6:6; Job 34:21.
GOD IS OMNISCIENT
Again in very simple terms, this means that God is all knowing. His knowledge encompasses every possible thing that exists, that will exist or never existed. In other words, He knows everything, including the past and the future. There is nothing He is unaware of i.e. nothing is a mystery to Him.
Psalm 147:5 says, “Great is our God and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.” 1 John 3:20 confirms this when it concluded by saying “…for God is greater than our heart and knows all things.” This contrasts with man whose knowledge is limited to what God reveals to him or an aspect of life he studies in-depth.
*Other relevant scriptures to study are: Psalm 139:4; Hebrews 4:13; Psalm 44:21; 1 Chronicles 28:9; Isaiah 40:28; 1 Kings 8:39.
GOD IS OMNIPOTENT
To enable us understand the importance of this attribute, let look at the etymology of the word omnipotent. This has its origin in two Latin words “omni” and “potent” meaning “total” and “power”. So, when we say that God is omnipotent, we are saying that He has total power over everything and everyone on the face of the earth. He can do or undo absolutely everything.
*Please see Isaiah 43:13, 14:27; Matthew 19:26; Acts 26:8; Revelation 19:6.
In addition to the above, God is sovereign i.e. He is independent or self-determining in that He answers to no one and is entirely responsible for His actions (Daniel 4:35). Anyone who falls into the hand of God has no higher authority to appeal to. That the God we serve.