The Omnipresence of God

The God of the Bible, the Triune God, He knows all things and He is all-powerful. The Lord God is also omnipresent. Omnipresence is a theological term used to describe the fact that God is everywhere present at all times. Scripture teaches that God is spirit (John 4:24; 1 Tim. 1:17). God the Son took on flesh and a human nature in the incarnation for the purpose of becoming our sin-bearer (Heb. 2:14-17; John 1:14; Gal. 4:4; Php. 2:7; 1 Tim. 3:16). Yet, Jesus retained His divine nature even though He took on a human nature. The Dictionary of Bible Themes describes the attribute in this way, “God is omnipresent in that he transcends all limitations of space and is present in the fulness of his being in every place but in varying ways.”1

Scripture teaches that God cannot be contained in a single geographical location. Solomon said, “But will God indeed live on earth? Even heaven, the highest heaven, cannot contain You, much less this temple I have built” (1 Kings 8:27).2 David marveled at the reality that God is everywhere! He declared, “Where can I go to escape Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence? If I go up to heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, You are there. If I live at the eastern horizon or settle at the western limits, even there Your hand will lead me; Your right hand will hold on to me. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me, and the light around me will be night’ — even the darkness is not dark to You. The night shines like the day; darkness and light are alike to You” (Ps. 139:7–12).

Think on this for a moment, “This is what the Lord says: Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. What house could you possibly build for Me? And what place could be My home?” (Isa. 66:1). Here as well, “’Am I a God who is only near’ —this is the Lord’s declaration—’and not a God who is far away? Can a man hide himself in secret places where I cannot see him?’ —the Lord’s declaration. ‘Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?’ —the Lord’s declaration” (Jer. 23:23–24). These passages speak of God’s omnipresence but they also relate to His immensity. He is everywhere present, not just on earth, but in the universe. God is huge! Do remember the debates of children regarding whose dad was bigger, or whose dog was bigger? When you think of it, it brings us comfort to know that someone like our dad was bigger than someone else. It made us feel safe. If you have placed your trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, God the Father is your heavenly Father. There is no one bigger than Him. There is no one stronger than Him. There is no one that knows more than Him. Truly, there is no one like the triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

This day, week, year, life that you are alive, if you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you have the hope that these Scriptures provide. Our God’s strength is limitless. Our God is everywhere present. Our God knows all things. If you know Jesus Christ – love Him, obey His Word, serve Him, delight in His greatness, and glorify His name. Share the hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ with someone who has not repented and believed in Christ. Remind yourself daily of who God is by reading His Word, studying it, and memorizing it. Go to Him in prayer. Cast all your cares upon Him. Confess your sins to Him. Ask Him to open unbelievers’ eyes to the gospel.

1 Martin H. Manser, Dictionary of Bible Themes: The Accessible and Comprehensive Tool for Topical Studies (London: Martin Manser, 2009).

2Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, HCSB®, and Holman CSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers. The Holy Bible: Holman Christian Standard Version. (Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers, 2009).

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