Summary: God is 1) Eternal 2) Immortal 3) Invisible and 4) The only God—
Have you ever begun something and immediately, you realized that the scope was so grand that you were really in for it? I came to the realization this week when this was the first thing I saw when looking into the concept that God is Spirit:
Quote: “So far we have seen that God is a real being who is perfect, necessary and unlimited, but nothing has been said about the fundamental nature of that being. Invoking the language of substances, we note that things that exist independent of mind are made of one of two types of substance (or of both). Some things are immaterial and others are material. Some being are made of both, but the immaterial part isn’t composed of matter and non-matter, and the material portion is not a mixture of matter and non-matter”. (John S. Feinberg “No One Like Him” Crossway Books. 2001. p. 214)
My reaction: “What”? I suddenly thought I was watching an episode of Star Trek, hearing a Scottish accent of the anti-matter reactor with the dilithum crystals. This was going to be a long week.
How do we as temporal, mortal, visible, beings, bound by time, mortality, the visible environment and physical pace, come to grips with an eternal, immortal, invisible single Spiritual God?
As Paul has been outlining the Gospel, who he was and the grandness of God’s plan, he broke out in a doxology of praise like we looked at last week with Romans 11:33-36. (Such Pauline doxologies appear also in Rom. 1:25; 9:5; 11:36; 16:27; Gal 1:5; Eph. 3:21; Phil 4:20; and 1 Tim. 6:17.) This is an overwhelming praise in seeing the grace of God flowing from His character. The Lord’s gift of mercy and Paul’s experience of need caused his heart to swell with praise. Paul ascribes four characteristics to God and then offered him honor and glory.( Lea, T. D., & Griffin, H. P. (2001, c1992). Vol. 34: 1, 2 Timothy, Titus (electronic ed.). Logos Library System; The New American Commentary (77). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.)
We are shown that:
1) God is Eternal
As properly recognizing the source of all blessing he begins his praise to the King of (the eternal) ages
• literally, “a kingdom of all ages.” This is a phrase that picks up on the theme of eternal life in v. 16. The term denotes God as the ruler of all ages from creation and pictures him as literally the King of the ages.( Lea, T. D., & Griffin, H. P. (2001, c1992). Vol. 34: 1, 2 Timothy, Titus (electronic ed.). Logos Library System; The New American Commentary (77). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.)
• God rules in past, present, and future.
• God had no beginning and will have no end. He exists outside of time, though He acts in it (MacArthur, J. (1995). 1 Timothy (32). Chicago: Moody Press.).
Exodus 15:18 The LORD will reign forever and ever."
• The Septuagint (the Greek translation of the OT) translates Ex 15:18, “The Lord shall reign for ages and beyond them.”
Psalm 145:13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. [The LORD is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works.]