To be Omniscient means:
God knows all
He knows all of the actual
He knows all of the possible
He does not learn
He does not forget
He commits no errors
He makes no mistakes
He knows all thoughts, intentions, and desires
He knows all mysteries and secrets
God does not operate on the basis of chance.
His love can give the best because He knows the best.
There is no question to which He has not eternally known the
The supernatural can never be discerned except by the
revealing of God.
The Second Coming
None of these could ever be known with certainty by reason
or observation. Only God’s revelation allows us to know about these.
Of all of God’s infinite knowledge He has chosen to reveal
only a tiny sliver of it. So if God revealed something then it is of such vast
importance that we should study and learn as much as we can.
Proverbs 25:2, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,
But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.”
Because God is omniscient we can be confident of many
things. Some of them are:
The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the only way to
God knows every possible world. If there was an easier way
for God to bring people to Himself then He would have taken that route. There
will never be a time when God will suddenly slap His knee and say, “I wish I
had thought of that earlier.”
The way this world exists also requires Hell, sin and
rebellion, Satan, pain, cruelty, and horrors. Yes, God could have created a
world that was always perfect. But we can be certain that this is also the type
of world that will bring God the most glory and honor. God not only knows the
end from the beginning but, more so, He caused the end from the beginning.
Oddly enough, this world is the one that, in the long run, most pleases God.
Acts 4:12, "And there is salvation in no one else; for
there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we
must be saved."
Confidence in how we were created
For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my
14I will give thanks to You, for I am
fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very
15My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in
And skillfully wrought in
the depths of the earth;
God created this world in such a way that He will be most
glorified by it.
Psalm 19:1, “The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is
declaring the work of His hands.”
And yet the heavens are the earth will one day be
annihilated (2 Peter 3:10-13) and replaced. They are not worth keeping around
There are only two parts of God’s creation that we know will
last forever: angels and people and eventually people will be exalted above the
angels (1 Corinthians 6:3).
So of all of God’s creation we are probably the most
precious in God’s eyes.
“Wonderful are Your works.” We are God’s works. We are, to
the minutest detail, the marvelous handiwork of a loving God. God created each
one of us specially and in such a way that we can give Him the most glory. So
maybe you don’t like how you look or the sound of your voice or some other
aspect. Yet that is how God created you to serve and love Him best.
Fear of sinning
1O LORD, You have
searched me and known me.
2You know when I sit down and when I rise
You understand my thought
3You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately
acquainted with all my ways.
4Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O LORD, You know
5You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon
6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot
attain to it.
That God sees everything that we do and knows our every
thought, desire, and motivation should strike fear into our hearts. He knows us
better than we know ourselves.
No darkness is thick enough for God not to see us.
We can sometimes trick people, but we can never trick God.
2 Corinthians 10:5, “We are destroying speculations and
every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking
every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,”
God’s omniscience should be a great motivator to resist
temptation. Oftentimes we sin because we think that we can get away with it;
that there is nothing to be ashamed about of guilty of because no one will ever
know. But God knows.
Our eyes may be blind to God, but God’s eyes are never blind
Image everywhere that you go people are taking your picture.
Would you do things differently? Would your eyes wander as
much if you knew that that photograph will wind up on tomorrow’s front page?
How different is it knowing that God sees everything that we do and that
instead of the front page of a newspaper it will be at the beginning of
Proverbs 5:21, “For the ways of a man are before the eyes of
the LORD, And He watches all his paths.”
21"For His eyes are
upon the ways of a man,
And He sees all his
22"There is no darkness or deep shadow
Where the workers of
iniquity may hide themselves.
God understands and can heal
14For He Himself knows
our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.
God understands our discouragements and though He never
condones sin, nevertheless, He understands.
Because God knows all things
Whatever hurts can be healed
Whoever is grieving can be encouraged
Whoever is weak can be strengthened
Though we do not need to explain to God our situation He
still loves to hear our voice in doing so.
Matthew 10:30, "But the very hairs of your head are all
On one level this verse tells us that God cares enough about
us to even know details that we do not even know about ourselves. But think
too, hair constantly falls out and grows back. So God’s concern and interest in
each one of us is continuous. It is not, “Well this morning you had x amount of
hairs on your head.” No, at any given second God is so keen on each one of us
that He knows everything about us at that moment.
LORD said, "I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in
Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am
aware of their sufferings.
I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring
them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk
the affliction of His people then. He is not any different today.
What is sin as defined by God’s omniscience?
It is many things but let’s define sin by God’s omniscience.
God knows the implications and consequences of every action,
of every thought, of every desire. He tells what the best is. When we sin we
are saying that we know better than God, that our understanding of what makes
us happy is superior to God’s understanding. That we know our needs better than
God does. It mocks the truth that His commandments are not burdensome. Insanity
is where a person is unable to correctly perceive reality. Sin is temporary
spiritual insanity because we are not, at that moment, correctly perceiving
spiritual reality; we are denying God’s revealed truth. How dare we to question
what the Almighty has said.
You are in a room facing left.
You see a small table with cotton candy on it.
You hear a voice saying, “Turn around, there is something
better behind you.”
But you refuse and eat the cotton candy.
When it is finished you continue to ignore the pleading
voice and go to sleep.
You never turn around and see the feast that God has for you.
Not believing that God has our best in mind is sin and
causes us to chase after the temporary pleasures of the world rather than the
deep, eternal joy that God wants to give us.
God’s omniscience affects the quality of our eternity
For the saved our good works will be rewarded in Heaven.
For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love
which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still
ministering to the saints.
For the unsaved it will determine their torment.
11Then I saw a great white throne and Him
who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place
was found for them.
I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books
were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the
dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to
the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead
which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their
Psalm 139:13-16 states how God knows us before we are even
born. We are divinely chosen objects. When God was creating us in the womb He
was not just creating us physically but He was also creating and planning out
key aspects of our lives. It is not in God’s plans for us to be defeated or
fearful or depressed and isolated. These may be the result of your sin or other
people’s sin, but they are not God’s choices. 2 Corinthians 2:14 proclaims,
“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ.” Plan and
lead a life that is triumphant because is the kind of life that God has in mind
We do not have to go to a special temple or building. No
place is any more sacred. God is not available any more in one place than
another. We can pray in our work place, at school, in church, while driving,
with others, or by ourselves all the same.
God’s way is always the best possible way
God does not do something and then go, “oops.” We can pray
for God’s guidance and know that He is not trying to decide between option 1, option
2, or option 3. We can be confident that His guidance will be the best.
We can obey God’s commands knowing that He is not tweaking
them as He goes. If God says something we know that it is the best.
We can ask God for wisdom and know that His response is the
God knows us better than we even know ourselves. How many
times have we tried to find the solution to some terrible heartbreak and come
up empty? Jeremiah 8:11 refers to this type of situation, “And they heal the
brokenness of the daughter of My people superficially, Saying, ‘Peace, peace,’
But there is no peace.” But God knows what is happening in our heart; He knows
how it is affecting our emotions. In Psalm 147:3 it says of God, “He heals the
brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.” The Hebrew word “binds” is the same
word used to bind or wrap a turban around your head. In the same sense God
meticulously wraps up our emotional wounds and protects them and heals them. Because
God knows us He can heal our troubles at their deepest source.
addition to the ones discussed above, what are some other assurances that God’s
omniscience means to us?
God knows everything then why does He ask people questions in the Bible?
Examples are God asking Adam, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9), God asking Cain,
“Where is Abel your brother?” (Genesis 4:9), and Jesus asking the blind man,
“What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51).
God knows everything then why does He test people? Examples are Abraham and
Isaac (Genesis 22), Israel in the wilderness (Deuteronomy 8:2, 16), and
Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 32:31).
God truly knows the future then why does not He tell us more about it such as
when we will marry or what disaster or victory is imminent.
is omniscient. Jesus is God. Then how could Jesus increase in wisdom (Luke
2:40, “And the Child [Jesus] continued to grow and become strong, increasing in
wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.”)?
God knows everything then He must have seen ahead of time that sin was going to
come into the world. So then why did not He do something to stop it?
the Devil know our thoughts? Why or why not?
can God know the future when it has not occurred yet?
Sam had an older brother that
he greatly looked up to and who took Sam under his wing. When his brother was
12 years old and Sam was 8 his brother was hit by a car and killed. When Sam
was in college he became a born-again Christian but he has always been filled
with caution and mistrust towards God. One day you and Sam are sitting together
and he looks at you and asks, “If God knows everything and is all powerful then
why didn't He stop that car from hitting my brother?” How would you answer Sam
and how could you use God’s omniscience in your answer?