The Omniscient God


This is lesson 5 in the series "The Attributes of God."
 

The Omniscient God

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 answer.

The supernatural can never be discerned except by the revealing of God.

·         Hell

·         Heaven

·         The Second Coming

·         Satan

·         Angels

·         Salvation

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 salvation

 

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

 

Psalm 139:13-15

For You formed my inward parts;
         You wove me in my mother's womb.
    14I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
         Wonderful are Your works,
         And my soul knows it very well.
    15My frame was not hidden from You,
         When I was made in secret,
         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 forever.

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

 

Psalm 139:1-6

    1O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
    2You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
         You understand my thought from afar.
    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 it all.
    5You have enclosed me behind and before,
         And laid Your hand upon me.
    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 to us.

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 eternity?

Proverbs 5:21, “For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD,  And He watches all his paths.”

Job 34:21-22

    21"For His eyes are upon the ways of a man,
         And He sees all his steps.
    22"There is no darkness or deep shadow
         Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.

God understands and can heal

 

Psalm 103:14

    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 numbered.”

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.

Exodus 3:7-8a

 7The 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.

 8"So 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 and honey”

God saw 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.

Hebrews 6:10

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.

Revelation 20:11-13

 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.

 12And 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 their deeds.

 13And 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 deeds.

What does God’s omniscience mean to us?

He has wonderful plans for our lives even before we are born

 

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 for you.

We can pray anytime and anywhere

 

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 best answer.

He can heal us deeply and completely.

 

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.

Discussion Questions

1)      In addition to the ones discussed above, what are some other assurances that God’s omniscience means to us?

2)      If 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).

3)      If 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).

4)      If 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.

5)      God 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.”)?

6)      If 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?

7)      Does the Devil know our thoughts? Why or why not?

8)      How can God know the future when it has not occurred yet?

Situation

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?

 

 


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