“God is like the sun;” said the English writer G.K.Chesterton, “you cannot look at it, but without it, you cannot look at anything else.” The Bible refers to Him as the King eternal, immortal, invisible, God who alone is wise (1Tim.1:17). John 1:18 tells us that nobody has seen God at anytime. However, though He is the invisible one and nobody has ever seen Him, God is the most real personality man can ever know. This is so for two reasons:
1. God’s invisible attributes are clearly seen and understood by the things He has made (Rom 1:20).
2. In Him we live and move and have our being; so, that though we might be away from everybody in the universe, it is impossible to be away from God – “He is not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:27-28, NKJV). He is closer to us than the breath that we breathe.
God’s Eternal Power
St. Anselm described God as that than which a greater cannot be conceived or thought of. God is the greatest being anyone can ever know. He is the ultimate BIG ONE. He is where knowledge comes to an end and imagination falls prostrate in worship.
This means that God is Infinite. He is infinite in being and power. He is omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscient (all-knowing), and omnipresent (all-present). He transcends both space and time through His immense infinity. He is the Eternal God. Now, it is intriguing that man has a concept of infinity and eternity but is not able to comprehend it. The reason is explained in the Bible. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that God has set eternity in the hearts of humans, yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
We cannot comprehend the infinite nature of God. There is a story told of St. Augustine that once he was strolling along the beach of an ocean, musing within himself about a book he was writing on God. Suddenly, he saw a child working on the beach and stopped by to see what he was doing. The child had dug a little hole on the beach and was running to and fro fetching water from the ocean and filling it into the hole with a small scoopy shell. Augustine enquired, “What are you doing, child?” and the child answered, “I’m trying to empty the ocean into this hole.” Augustine could not stop laughing, and said “The ocean is too vast, child, and your hole too small for it to be able to contain the waters of the ocean,” to which the child abruptly remarked, “That’s fine, I should be able to sure empty the ocean into my hole before you’re able to fully comprehend God with your mind,” and then he vanished. Augustine realized that he was attempting the impossible. We can never be able to fully comprehend God with our finite minds. However, the Bible does teach us that whatever should be known about Him is already revealed to us.
God’s Nature (Godhead or Divinity)
The Bible makes it clear that God is a Being whose nature differs from the nature of His creation. He is God by nature, and the world is world by nature. The divine nature is called Godhead in the same way that human nature is referred to as humanhood. Humanhood distinguishes humans from cats (which possess cathood); similarly, Godhead distinguishes God from the world.
There are especially two things that the Bible teaches us regarding the Godhead.
1. The Godhead is not to be confused with the world (Rom. 1:23).
Though God is immanent (present) in the world, He truly transcendent and separate from it. The glory of the incorruptible God must not be confused with the image of corruptible man, and birds, and four-footed animals and creeping things. The world is not divine. This distinction is logically present in the use of the name “God”. To call the world God, as in Pantheism or in even Monism, would be to confuse terminological usage. It would be like calling a Carpentar a piece of furniture. God is not only One (there is no other God except the One True God, as there can be no other Infinite); He is also Distinct.
2. The Godhead is not to be represented by the things of the world (Acts 17:29).
God is Spirit. He is a person who knows, feels, wills, and speaks. He is not wood, stone, silver, or clay. Idolatry confuses, distorts, misrepresents, and limits the being and personality of God. So, the Bible prohibits idolatry of any kind. The knowledge of God can never be a human invention; it is only what has been revealed to us.
Thus, we know that the Godhead consists of Unity (Oneness of God), Transcendence (Different from the World), Spirituality, Personality, and Eternity.
But, the most important truth of all is that God has revealed Himself to us and we know Him as the One above whom there can be no other.