God: His Nature, His Perfection

In Order For God To Be God, He Must Be Perfect.

If there is anything that God must learn, He cannot be God. By virtue of the title “God,” we expect perfection. God knows all things and always has. He does not need to text us to see what we will do as some imagine. The tests that God places upon human life are for the purpose of providing revelation of self to the one tested. God knows precisely what a person will say before they speak a word. He knows what we will do and every other person on the earth. There is nothing hidden from Him, there is no darkness where He cannot see all things clearly.

We see a glimpse of God’s knowledge in our examination of Jesus. There was no question presented to Jesus that He did not know how to answer. Jesus demonstrated knowledge of people and events before He has met them or the event had taken place.

  • Jesus knew that Peter would deny Him three times before the rooster crowed twice  at dawn.
  • Jesus knew that the Samaritan woman at the well had been married five times and the man she was not with was not her husband.
  • Jesus knew what the illness of the Centurion’s sons was and healed him by without ever having met him or going to his location.
  • Jesus saw Nathaniel sitting under to Fig tree before he came to meet Jesus.
  • Jesus knew that Simon (shifting sand) would become Peter (the little rock) after his denial and return to Jesus.
  • Jesus knew that Judas would betray him before he went to the leaders of Israel with that proposition.
  • Jesus knew that Mary, who washed his feet with her tears and dried them with her hair, would be spoken of long after she had performed her good deed for Jesus.
  • Jesus knew on Passover that in Jerusalem He would be arrested and crucified.
  • Jesus knew that within one 40 year generation, Jerusalem would be taken by the Romans, the temple destroyed and not one stone would be left upon another.
  • Jesus knew that the Jews would be disbursed across the earth after they denied Him as the Messiah.
  • Jesus altered or suspended the laws of physics in order to walk across the surface of the sea.
  • Jesus commanded the storm to calm and it did, immediately.
  • Jesus commanded Lazarus to come out of his tomb after he has been dead for four days.
  • Jesus used the eternal name for God, “I AM,” in answering the soldiers who came arrest Him, after he asked “who are you seeking.” The soldiers fell over backwards to the ground as Jesus spoke the eternal name for God.
  • Although questioned by Pilate and threatened with death, Jesus told the Roman Procurator that he could have no authority over Him unless the Father had given it to Him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Job 38:21 Do you know it, because you were born then, Or because the number of your days is great?

It is interesting the way in which the Lord questions Job. We, humans, seem to think that because we go to college and obtain advanced degrees in education, that we are qualified to speak on certain subjects with great expertise. Though knowledge may increase, we will only live on this planet a very short period of time. God, on the other hand, has lived forever. There is nothing that He does not know. All the treasuries of wisdom and knowledge are in Him. Every mathematical equation that man has learned, every scientific fact that mankind has knowledge of—God has designed and had knowledge of, for eternity.

Theoretical Physicists Michio Kaku said that in his estimation, “God is a mathematician.” In explaining his theory, Dr. Kaku described Albert Einstein as having an acute sense—that God had engineered the universe by mathematics and that His calculations are very subtle but discoverable.

“When stumped with an intractable mathematical problem, he (Einstein) would often say, “God is subtle, but not malicious.”

The point of the Lord’s comments to Job is that—as limited human beings, we should always keep in mind that there is far more that we do not know about the universe than we do know. Most honest Physicists, Scientists, and Astronomers will tell you that in their observations, the universe certainly has the appearance of design, symmetry, and order. They will also tell you that the chances that all of the precise elements that are required to make life possible on earth came about because the universe was designed from the beginning to allow life to exist. This reality of the universe maintains the appearance of design because it originated from a great and unlimited intelligent source.

In seeking knowledge, it would be wise of all men and woman to consider that there is an intelligence behind the universe and, with this premise, seek to understand how He accomplished this magnificent creation. This would seem more advantageous over the foolish notion that the universe exists by its own accord or by happenstance, which we know today is not possible.

Psalms 90:10-12 The days of our lives are seventy years; And if by reason of strength they are eighty years, Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; For it is soon cut off, and we fly away. …12 So teach us to number our days.

James 4:14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

 

Let us consider this premise: The term “God,” is defined as a Being who is perfect in every regard. Any being who is not perfect would not be God, with a big “G,” he would simply be one god amongst many imperfect god’s, little “g.”

The exclusive example of God existing as more than one, is found in the Bible. The Biblical God is a compound unity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; meaning that three person’s are all described as one God. The name of God; אֱלֹהִים ’ lôhîym; (Elohim) is plural.[2]

This is the only way that three Beings who are perfect could be understood. Only if these three were in complete unity of mind, will, and purpose could they function as one God. It would be impossible for several Beings to exist as separate God’s; their lack of unity would define them as less than perfect, therefore, not God

A part of perfection is unity. Unity is defined as “the state of being united or joined as a whole.”[3] In mathematics, unity is defined by the number one, therefore three persons who are perfect, must exist in perfect unity as one. For this reason, the true God must be singular.

Since there can only be one God (big G), this first premise requires that He must be perfect in every regard, incapable of error. If God were able to commit error, He would not be perfect, and therefore he could not be God.

 

In this regard, any created being could not be God (big G).

 

If, however, God can be defined as singular, with no beginning; having no creator, and being eternal—this God would be perfect and would fulfill the true definition of God.

This is precisely the definition of the God who is revealed in the pages of the Bible.

“You are My witnesses,” says the LORD, “And My servant whom I have chosen, That you may know and believe Me, And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me. —Isaiah 43:10

…Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one. —Isaiah 44:8

Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. —Psalms 90:2

By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. Psalms 33:6

The God of the Bible is eternal, has no beginning, and was not formed by any god before Him. He simply exists, and always has. This God is perfect, knows all things, is unlimited and does not require a cause for His existence.

It is interesting to me that many scientists accept the fact that there could be a civilization somewhere in the universe that is so advanced in their intelligence, that they would have the power to create other beings and cause them to live forever. However, when we present the ultimate Being, who has lived forever, and describe Him as the source of all life, scientists reject this as impossible. It appears that the objection of an eternal Being with unlimited power and intelligence, originates from a religious abhorrence rather than a logical impossibility.

Of the five major religions of the world, we see a remarkable difference:

Hindus believe in millions of gods and goddesses.
Buddhists claim that God does not exist.
New Age followers believe that they are God.
Muslims believe in a powerful but unknowable God.
Christians believe in a personal God who is loving and knowable.

As previously defined, the true God must be singular. The concept of many god’s, defines their existence as less than perfect, therefore, not God. There are many examples of these lesser god’s in the world. Most often, these god’s are the creation of men, legend, or myth. The manner in which the Bible describes God, as a singular, compound unity, with no equal, meets the logical requirements for the true God. All the other religions of the world make use of substandard, or lesser god’s, and therefore—they are not the One True God.

These lesser god’s always fail the test of a true God. For these beings, starting as imperfect, they can never attain the place of perfection—since they first existed as flawed. The true definition of perfection is the eternality of that perfection. As human beings, we are willing to accept imperfection, but the essence of true perfection requires an eternal duration—or it is not perfection.