The Attributes Of God: His Eternity [Part 1]
Outside of the constrictions of time and space dwells ‘the eternal God’ (Deut. 33:27). It is not simply that he is pre-temporal, there before time began, for angelic beings also predated this creation. Rather, He is unoriginated, without antecedents, with no beginning, even as He shall have no end.
He is the ‘I am’ (Ex. 3:14), the One who ever will be, the Ever existing One. ‘I am that I am’ or, ‘I continue to be, and will be, what I continue to be, and will be’. He is Jehovah, the One who always was, who always is, and is ever to come. He is ‘the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity’ (Isa. 57:15), ‘the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God’, worthy of ‘honour and glory for ever and ever’ (1 Tim. 1:17).
In that we have no proper conception of eternity, the fact that God is eternal, inhabiting eternity, may cause Him to appear to be far removed from us, mere mortal man. Distance, inability to comprehend His being far beyond our reasoning and rationalizing minds, defying all the concepts we have of temporal logic, may combine to make Him to appear unknowable and unreachable.
But Abraham knew Him. ‘Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God’ (Gen 21:33). David knew Him. ‘Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting’ (Ps. 41:13). Moses knew Him. ‘From everlasting to everlasting, thou art God’ (Ps. 90:2). Isaiah knew Him. ‘Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary?’ (Isa. 40:28). ‘Thy name is from everlasting’ (Isa. 63:16). Habakkuk knew Him. ‘Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God, mine Holy One?’ (Hab. 1:12).
We, too, may know Him. Indeed, if we are saved we do know Him in that we have relationship with Him: He is our Father, His eternal Son is our Saviour and the eternal Spirit indwells us. We share His life, eternal life; this is the life of God, the life of the Son towards the Father, the life which every believer possesses. And more, we may know Him increasingly in the daily round of life: we may increase in our experiential knowledge of God today and, indeed, should do. One of the great truths that flows from the eternity of God’s being is that He is worthy of our trust. All else changes, runs down and ultimately fails. But He remains unchanged and unchanging.
Ian Jackson is commended with his wife from the assembly that meets in Marine Hall, Eastbourne (UK), to the preaching and teaching of the word of God across the world.