>What does it mean when we say that God is infinite?
As a schoolchild I learned God had no beginning and has no end. I, on the other hand am a finite being, I was born in the flesh and I will die that way. He is eternal, always has been and always will be.
These are concepts beyond human understanding, and yet they are essential to the articles of a Christian’s Faith Journey.
Not understanding how this can be so, can confuse a non believer who does not have the gift of faith. There have been times when it has been suggested that ‘God has a multiple personality disorder’ because He wants to be known as Father, Son and Holy Spirit – all at the same time.
Three Persons, One God! How can this be?
Firstly I would have to say that if a being is infinite and has infinite capacity then it is indeed possible for that being to personify aspects of itself e.g. its word and its spirit with all three divisions retaining the original capacity of the one. This is seen in the mathematical definition of infinite which is 1-1=1. But that still seems so complex and I always did have trouble with anything but basic sums at school.
Let’s try it another way. Water has often been called forth as a witness when trying to describe the Trinity. This common element exists on this earth as a gas, a liquid and a solid. Three forms, one substance, now do you get it? NO?
TRI-UNITY — The teaching of the Bible concerning the Trinity might be summarized thus. God is a Tri-unity, with each Person of the Godhead equally and fully and eternally God. Each is necessary, and each is distinct, and yet all are one. The three Persons appear in a logical, causal order. The Father is the unseen, omnipresent Source of all being, revealed in and by the Son, experienced in and by the Holy Spirit. The Son proceeds from the Father, and the Spirit from the Son. With reference to God’s creation, the Father is the Thought behind it, the Son is the Word calling it forth, and the Spirit is the Deed making it a reality.
And yes, I will still admit that it is a most difficult concept to ‘grasp, yet in faith I believe and say ‘thank you’ to Our God, who lovingly reveals himself to us, through thought word and deed….. What fantastic gifts we have been graced with. The scriptures gives us these three well known examples of The Trinity.
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit [Matthew 28:19].
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all [2 Corinthians 13:14].
To God’s elect. . .who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood [1 Peter 1:1-2].
And a Parting Thought:
The usual method of creation for most human beings is a three-step process involving thought, word, and deed or action. First comes thought; the formative idea; the initial concept. Then comes the word. Most thoughts ultimately form themselves into words, which are often then written or spoken. This gives added energy to the thought, pushing it out into the world, where it can be noticed by others. Finally, in some cases words are put into action(deeds), and you have what you call a result; a physical world manifestation of what all started with a thought.
God can do infinitely more than we could ever ask or imagine.
Will you ASK? Matthew 7:7
As Hillsong Says: Lord YOU are more than enough for me….
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