The Attributes of God: Infinite
Everything was created out of nothing. Before anything was created, nothing existed outside of God Himself. Dr. R.C. Sproul mentions in his book, “The Holiness of God”, that as soon as we begin to think about nothing, it becomes something. This is what we call in the Latin term “Ex Nihilo”, which means “out of nothing”.
But how can nothing become something? It must have a beginning. Certainly, we are familiar with the very first words of holy scripture that tell us, “In the Beginning, God created heaven and earth” (Genesis. 1:3). So then, Almighty God preformed what is called “creatio ex nihilo”, which translates to “creation out of nothing”.
God has always existed and will always exist. God is infinite, present in eternity past and eternity future. The absolute of God’s infinity is a simplistic concept to see, yet it is so important to grasp its complexities to the best of our human abilities. Let’s explore the deeper waters of this attribute with hearts and minds open to the truth of the Scriptures.
The Infinite Creator of Time
When we speak of God’s infinity, we can look at it in the aspect of time and space. We creatures, humans, and everything else on the earth are limited to our existence being inside of time and space. The sun rises and the sun sets, trading places with the moon and signaling that another day has ended. As soon as we see the sun again, a new day begins.
We measure the days and years by the direction of where the sun is and our earth’s rotation. It’s important to point out that though science may have expounded on this, the measurement of time and space was first implemented in Genesis 1:14.
God created time. And the Creator is never subject to something He creates. What does this mean? It means God is beyond time. He exists outside of it, and is not limited by it. Unlike time, He cannot be measured. He fills and stands sovereign over all time. He is infinitely eternal.
He Is Infinitely in All Places - at All Times
Just as He is not confined to time, neither is He confined to only be in one place at one time. He cannot be. While He is intensive, He is far from extensive. This is what we call “omnipresence”, which means “the state of being widespread or constantly encountered”.
The psalmist proclaims the infinite omnipresence of God when he questions where he could possibly hide from God’s presence (Psalm 139:7-12). The answer is: nowhere. Heaven is the dwelling place of God, and the earth is His footstool (Isaiah 66:1-2). But He is not restricted to them. He is fully present in all places and time.
So, we understand in regards to time and space and eternity and omnipresence, time cannot measure God, and space cannot keep Him bound.
He Is Who He Is - Infinitely
God is infinite in His essence, nature, and being. Maximus The Confessor said, “Whoever has seen God and has understood what he have seen, has seen nothing.”
God is not only infinite - but He is incomprehensibly so. He cannot become anything. He always has and always will be who He always is (Numbers 23:19). When Moses asked of the Lord to tell him Who He was, the answer was “I am that I am” (Exodus 3:14).
The finite cannot comprehend the infinite, and rightfully so. There are things about God we will never fully understand in this life. Even in eternity, we will continue to grow in the knowledge of His vastness, though we will be able to behold Him with unveiled faces (2 Corinthians 3:18). In His essence, His wisdom, power, and holiness, He is limitless in all of His perfections. The absolutes of who He is, not simply what He possesses, are infinite.
If you are to say, “God is good” (Luke 18:19), He is infinitely good. Is God love? He is infinitely love (1 John 4:16). God is holy? He is infinitely holy, to the fullest extent and meaning of the word. He is so far removed from His creation in His being, that though we have a glimpse of who He is in the Holy Scriptures and in the revelation of His Son Jesus Christ, this is only that very thing - a glimpse.
The greatest revelation we have of our infinite God is in the Person of Christ. In our Savior, the fullness of God was pleased to dwell (Colossians 1:19), and the radiance of God’s glory was fully in the God-Man (Hebrews 1:3).
Our Infinite Debt, Infinitely Paid by the Infinite Son
God’s infinite being highlights of the magnitude of His holiness. And that holiness has greatly and infinitely been insulted by our sin. Marred by sin, we within ourselves cannot pay back the infinite debt we owe our Creator by any type of finite means. This is why the sacrifice and death of Christ Jesus is so profound and mind-boggling.
When we place our faith and salvation in the worthy Son, we are being completely and fully forgiven because Christ’s atonement is complete and full. The Bible tells us after He made atonement for our sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Father. He. Sat. Down. It was accomplished, and infinitely so. The worthiness of God is infinite, so the sacrifice of His Son is as well. How high our offense must be that the only thing that can atone for them is the blood of the eternal and infinite God-Man!
“The doctrine of God’s infinity gives us great joy because it assures us that our sins are forgiven, due to the infinite worth of Christ’s sacrifice,” Mark Jones states in his book, “God Is”. Our Doxology needs to erupt in praise when we behold the infinite worth and beauty of the Lamb who was slain on our behalf (Psalm 145:3).
For the unrepentant sinner, the doctrine of God’s infinite and unchanging nature should frighten them beyond anything that could possibly terrify them. For the redeemed one, it should bring us great joy. For the infinite God infinitely loved us before anything came into existence. And will continue to do so, even as time itself ends. Delight in the majesty and awe of our infinite God and everything He infinitely is!
Born and raised in Texas, Emerald Zimny enjoys coffee, books, and spending time with loved ones. Her favorite breed of dog is a Corgi, and she loves listening to smooth jazz while learning a new word a day from the dictionary. Her heroes in the faith are Elisabeth Elliot, R.C. Sproul Sr., and John MacArthur.