Q: What is God?
A: God is a spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth.
There are some concepts that we cannot truly comprehend with our finite human minds. We bump into these concepts often in theology. No human mind, try as it might, can wrap itself around the doctrine of the Trinity. The same goes for doctrines such as the doctrine of two distinct natures (divine and human) united in the one person of Christ. As a result we often can only speak concerning the things of God in negative terms. This is true of the attribute of God we will look at in this newsletter: infinitude.
God is infinite. If you break down that word in its Latin parts it literally means “not finite.” When we say God is infinite, we are saying that He lacks the quality of finitude, or, to put it more simply, God is limitless.
Every aspect of God’s being is without limit. This is how we get the “omnis” of theology. God is without limit pertaining to His location, so we say that He is “omnipresent.” He is present everywhere. God is without limit pertaining to His knowledge, so He is “omniscient.” He is unlimited in reference to His power: “omnipotent.” His love knows no boundaries: “omnibenevolent.” And so on.
Several places in Scripture speak of the infinite magnitude of God. David writes, “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable” (Psalm 145:3). David’s son, Solomon, communicates the same truth in his prayer of dedication after he finished the temple: “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built” (1 Kings 8:27)! God is unsearchable; nothing can contain Him.
I’ve heard it said many times, “We serve a big God.” Those who say it mean well; they want to communicate that God is not small. But even to say that God is big is to, in some sense, quantify Him. God is not big; He is beyond the category of “bigness.” God is unquantifiable. No measurement can contain Him. No system can categorize Him. He is past the finite limits of our understanding. He is really and truly infinite.
God’s infinity should have great bearing on our lives. When we ponder the absolute unlimited nature of God’s being, when we brush up against the edges of our understanding of God’s magnitude, when we know there is still infinitely more past the horizon of our own perceptions, we should be humbled. We should be reminded of how we are limited in every way. We are bound to a location. Our knowledge can only go so far. We are weak and powerless compared to God. One of Job’s friends, Zophar expressed this truth in Job 11:7-9. Though Zophar did not diagnose Job’s issue correctly, he nonetheless made accurate statements about God and man:
Can you find out the deep things of God?
Can you find out the limit of the Almighty?
It is higher than heaven—what can you do?
Deeper than Sheol—what can you know?
Its measure is longer than the earth
and broader than the sea.
In light of the vastness of God’s infinitude, we must be driven to humility before Him.
God’s infinitude should also drive us to worship Him. Because of God’s unsearchable greatness, He is greatly to be praised (Psalm 145:3). Because this infinite God has created us, we must praise Him. But even more so, we must worship God because He has revealed Himself through His Son, who, though eternally existing in infinite divinity, wrapped Himself in a finite human nature for us and for our salvation.