Infinitude: Attributes of God – Part 1

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A woman named Lady Julian once said this about the Trinity:

“Suddenly the Trinity filled my heart with joy. And I understood so shall it be in heaven without end”.

This quote struck me as I was contemplating God’s infinitude. My view of God and heaven are often lazy and utilitarian. The heaven that Lady Julian described is a step up from the heaven we hear people talking about that is filled with all sorts of earthly goods. Heaven will be heaven because the Trinity will fill our hearts. God the Father, Christ Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit; these are our everlasting love, joy and bliss.

12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

-1 John 4:12-15

There we have the Father, and the spirit and in verse 14 and 15 we have the Son And the Father. The Trinity will fill our hearts.

This same Lady Julian also said:

“I saw that God is to us everything that is good and comfortable. He is our clothing; His love wrappeth us and claspeth us and all encloseth us for His tender love, that He may never leave us, being to us all that is good.”

I have often heard of the Christian life being referred to as a journey and I agree that it is. After reading this chapter on God’s infinitude I have to agree with Tozer and say that as Christians we are on a

“journey into infinity, into infinitude. There is no limit and no place to stop. There isn’t just one work of grace, or a second work or a third work, and then that’s it. There are numberless experiences and spiritual epochs and crises that can take place in your life while you are journeying into the heart of God in Christ.”¹ 

God is infinite! I will not lie to you and say that I understand this, or that I am able to grasp it. God knows no bounds. He has no limits; no end.

“All that God is, He is without bounds or limits.”²

Since I have studied God’s infinitude I have become more aware of different words and careless speech. We hear about unlimited wealth, boundless energy, etc.. Unlimited, boundless, and many other words such as these are misused. They are words that describe God and nothing but God. These words do not apply to anything that can be measured.

If God had knowledge, but only knew 99% of what could be known, He would not be God. If God had all power except 1%, then we could not say that He was of infinite power. He would be more powerful than anyone else, but He would have a defect. If this was the case He would not be perfect in knowledge and power. The same goes for His goodness and love. For God to be God He must be infinite in all that He is. There is no point beyond which He can go.

This world, and dare I say many Christians have put God in a box. They have made Him to be cheap and little. He is not someone to pal around with, He is not “the man upstairs”, or the one that helps you win a hockey game. That god is not the God of the bible. The One who laid the foundations of heaven and earth.I too have been guilty of thinking of God as less than He is. We must be careful in this! We have to think of Him as the perfect and infinite one.

When Tozer wrote in the book that God takes pleasure in His own perfection, I was hesitant, but the more I thought of it, the more I agreed with Towzer. All we have to do is look at the creation narrative in Genesis. Over and over God said “it was good” (Genesis 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25). When He created man in His own image He said “it was very good” (Genesis 1:31). God rejoiced in His works.

In the book Towzer says:

“When it comes to redemption, I repeat that this was not a heavy task laid upon God by moral necessity. God wanted to do this. There was no moral necessity upon God to redeem mankind. He didn’t have to send His Son Jesus Christ to die for mankind. He sent Him, but at the same time Jesus did it voluntarily. If God was willing, it was the happy willingness of God.”³

Let that sink in. He goes on further, and likens it to a mother getting up at 2 A.M. to feed her baby. She doesn’t have to give her little one this loving care, but she wants to do it. It is the same with this awesome, eternal, invisible, infinite, all-wise, and omniscient God. His love is infinite and boundless. This rings true in my life and I believe those of you who have experienced redemption through the blood of the Lamb would agree.

In the parable of the lost sheep in Luke 15:1-7 we read the word rejoicing when a lost sheep is found. How could this infinite God rejoice and delight in me? I struggle to believe this very often, and I have had to repent of my unbelief countless times. If I believe God is infinite, then how could I put a limit on His love towards me?  We must believe that this infinite and glorious God delights in our repentance and redemption.

When considering God’s infinitude we discover a God far beyond our comprehension, but one who is intimately concerned for us. More than that, He invites us into a relationship with Him. He is the God with whom we will never become bored, the God whom we can know, but will never reach the end of. This is the infinite God we worship!

To read more in the series click the links below for the post to open in a new tab. This list will be updated as we go along.

Introduction

Part 1 – Infinitude

 

¹Tozer, A. W. “The Attributes of God.” The Attributes of God, vol. 1, Christian Publications, 1997, pp. 3,4.

²Tozer, A. W. “The Attributes of God.” The Attributes of God, vol. 1, Christian Publications, 1997, pp. 4.

³Tozer, A. W. “The Attributes of God.” The Attributes of God, vol. 1, Christian Publications, 1997, pp. 8,9.

Sara

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