#114 THE 3 O'S OF GOD

8 January 2001

Everyone knows that the fundamentals of our secular education involve three basic subjects: reading, writing and arithmetic. A basic understanding of these principles provides a solid platform for most every other subject. Concerning God, there are three fundamental attributes of His divine person from which we may build a solid platform for our doctrine and practice. These are: Omnipresence, Omnipotence, and Omniscience. OMNIPRESENCE Omnipresence means that God is everywhere present and nowhere absent. It means that God not only exists eternally, it also means that He occupies every facet of time and space. I recently read the story of a little boy who showed a great interest and knowledge in the things of God. Several of the men of the church decided they would get together and ask the little boy some questions and offer him a reward if he could answer them properly. They asked him, "Where would you say God is right now? If you give the correct answer we will give you this orange." The little boy thought a moment and replied, "If you can tell me where God is not, I will give you two oranges." This is an awesome thought. Where ever we are, where ever we have been, where ever we shall be, God is present. This is exactly what David wrote in the 139th Psalm as he viewed the three positions of God in his life: past, future and present: "Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me." Though it is a comfort to be assured of His everlasting presence in times of trials and difficulties, yet it is humbling to know that He is present when we sin. Surely, this is a thought provoking attribute when we apply it to our own lives. OMNIPOTENT Omnipotent means all powerful. The Bible begins by describing God as omnipotent: He created the heaven and the earth. That's power! The Psalmist declares that God does what He wants when He wants, "But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased." He has power to give life, to take it. He has the voice to raise the dead; to calm the sea; to convict of sin; to stop the hands of time; and command the forces of nature. Speaking of Christ, the writer of Hebrews declared that this universe is held together by Him, "Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power". I have heard some people declare a weak Jesus. They say that Jesus is knocking on the sinners heart and can't get in, quoting Revelation3:20, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock". Beloved, if Jesus wants in a heart He doesn't need any help to get in. He didn't need any help with the thief on the cross or Paul on the Damascus road. This text describes Jesus on the outside of the church. They are cold and do not want His fellowship. It is not that we will not let Jesus in our heart. The problem is that He is there and we do not know it or we do not want to acknowledge His presence and live accordingly. He is Omnipotent OMNISCIENT Omniscient means that God is all knowing. We can not introduce God to anything. He looks upon our hearts. He knows our thought. He knows what is on our tongues. David wrote, "O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether"-Psalm 139. God knows who is going to heaven. Isaiah wrote, "He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquites"-Isaiah 53:11. Jesus did not go to the cross an ignorant God. He knew His elect. His is satisfied because their sins have been atoned. Do you see how the three O's affects our thinking? What a wonderful platform for our doctrine and practice! Come and worship with us at Harmony Primitive Baptist Church, in Donaldson, where God is sovereign, and salvation is by His abundant and amazing grace. Visit our web page at www.primitivebaptist.org/donaldson/ Singing begins at 10:30 each Sunday morning followed by preaching at 11:00. By His mercy and grace, Neil Phelan, Jr., Pastor