- Biblical Absolutes
- The following is provided as food for thought. The
logic is a bit deep here and there and who's to say the conclusions are correct? It is
merely an exercise of the mind starting with the three main attributes of God and then
drawing conclusions. The information is provided here to provoke your thought. Consider it
if you choose.
- The 3 Attributes of God are:
- Omnipotence - He has the power to do anything
He desires (Job 42:2; Luke 1:37).
- Omnipresence - He is in all places, all the
time (1 Kings 8:27; Psalm 90:2).
- Omniscience - He knows all things (1 John
- Out of these attributes flow His
- Election - choosing who is saved (John
6:37-40; Eph. 1:4;11; Rom.. 8:29-30; Acts 13:48).
- Creation - bringing the universe into
existence (Isaiah 44:24; Col. 1:16-18).
- Providence - guiding and providing for His
creation (Psalm 135:7; Ecc. 3:13; Acts 14:17).
- There are natural conclusions to
be drawn from God's attributes.
- A. If He is omnipotent, then He
has the power to accomplish anything He desires. He can create, alter, or uncreate a
universe and all that is in it.
- *** Therefore He is able to Create
whatever He desires.
- B. If He is omnipresent, then
nothing is hidden from Him - this means every dimension; all time whether past, present,
or future; and every form of existence either thought, action, or substance.
- *** Therefore He encompasses all He
- C. If He is Omniscient, then He
eternally comprehends all things actual as well as potential.
- 1. All things actual means all
things that do exist.
- i. This includes all
combinations of all objects and events that exist.
- a) This includes every
dimension; all time whether past, present, or future; and every form of existence either
thought, action, or
- 2. All things potential means
all things that could exist.
- i. This includes all
combinations of all events that might exist but do not.
- a) This includes all that exists
only in the mind of God but was not chosen by Him (through His creative action) to exist
outside of His
- *** Therefore, He knows everything
about everything He has created.
- Conclusion: With all knowledge,
God has absolute control over all He encompasses.
- In creation God brought into being a
finite set of actualities derived from an infinite set of potentialities.
actuality I mean all that does exists. By potentiality I mean all that could exist.)
- A. The combinations of the
actualities are not infinite,
- 1. because the actualities are
finite to begin with and are, therefore, incapable of infinite combination.
- 2. because having been created
and set in motion by God the actual number of combinations has been decided upon by Him.
- B. None of the actualities are
accidental, nor can they be accidental,
- 1. since accident would suggest
something beyond God's omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience.
- 2. since accident would imply
another creator outside the knowledge, presence, and control of God.
- C. None of these actualities can
function in a manner that is outside the knowledge, presence, or control of God
- 1. because they have been
brought into being by Him.
- 2. because God cannot make
something greater than He.
- *** Therefore all that exists is
under His knowledge and control.
- All that exists, exists not because
of accident, but because God has chosen it to exist.
- A. including any result of any
combination of events.
- 1. since that result would have
been foreknown and, therefore, brought about by God as He selected the causes that brought
- B. Therefore, all results are
foreknown; that is, they are known because they are brought about by God, and, by logic,
must be what God has caused to occur
- 1. therefore it is foreknown to
- C. This includes those events
which are the results of creatures with wills because,
- 1. no will could exist apart
from the knowledge or control of God because God created all wills and/or the condition
that provides for the existence of the will.
- It follows then that evil is
something permitted by God and under His absolute control.
- A. Evil is the permitted
rebellion against God, yet it is not greater than He, nor is it out of the reach of His
control, nor beyond His knowledge.
- B. God encompasses all that is,
including evil. That is, evil is like a circle within a circle.
- 1. Evil, apart and separate from
God, operates within His controlled realm.
- 2. Since nothing could exist
outside God's control.
- C. Evil, then, operating within
the realm of God, can be used by God for His good (Gen. 50:20; Acts 2:23).
- Additionally, it also follows, then,
that everyone is either elected or not elected into salvation.
- A. This is because in God's
infinite control of all things in all time, nothing can exist that He has not brought
directly or indirectly into existence, through direct creation or the consequence of His
- 1. This includes the person with
the will to choose or reject God.
- i. Each person is created by God
with tendencies, preferences, and abilities.
- a) This
includes the "tendency" to believe or not as some maintain.
- ii. Each person is put, by God,
in an environment that is helpful or not helpful to receiving the gospel.
- iii. God is aware of all these
variables, knows the outcome, and places the person there.
- iv. Therefore, salvation is
dependent solely upon God.
- a) because
God is in control of all variables of all situations including the wills of His creation.
- It could be no other way.