Omnipresence: Introduction (Part 1)
Although not a scriptural word, the omnipresence of God is a clearly taught scriptural truth. Omnipresence refers to the fact that God is present everywhere at once, all of the time. As Augustine notes, ‘God is not partly here and partly there, but totally present at every point of the universe’. All that He is in essence is everywhere at once.
To express this in the language of scripture, God is the One who ‘fills heaven and earth’ (Jer. 23.24) although they cannot contain Him (1 Ki. 8.27). There is therefore no place throughout the universe or beyond which is deprived of the presence of God and yet, as AW Tozer puts it, He is ‘everywhere here, close to everything, next to everyone’. There is a personal touch to the omnipresence of God which brings Him within the reach of all.
Omnipresence is, of course, an attribute of deity and appropriately complements other divine attributes such as omniscience. All other beings are restricted to a given place at a given time, including Satan. It is no surprise then to note the numerous scriptures which refer to the omnipresence (and therefore deity) of the Father (Eph. 4.6), Son (Matt. 28.20) and Holy Spirit (Psa. 139.7).
Truly David could say, ‘Whither shall I flee from thy presence?’ (Psa. 139.7). As God’s people He is behind us (Psa. 139.5, Isa. 52.12), before us (Deut. 9.3, John 10.4), above us (Eph. 4.6) and underneath us (Deut. 33.27). He covers us (Psa. 91.4) and surrounds us (Psa. 125.2). He is with us (Matt. 28.20) and within us (John 14.17). The knowledge of this truth should prove to be an encouragement, but also a challenge to each and every believer.