The Eternal God
“Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”
God Is Eternal – Eternal means without beginning or ending. Only God is eternal. God is immortal, infinite and everlasting (Deuteronomy 33:27; 1 Timothy 1:17). The true God must have neither beginning nor ending. God always was in the past and He will always be in the future (Psalms 93:2; Revelation 4:8). God was in and before the beginning of the Heaven and the earth. God has always been in the past eternity; He will always be in the future eternity. Will God die? God will live forever without end. God will never die. People have wrinkles, wear glasses and grow old. God does not grow old. In some ways, this fact about God is similar to His self-existence. God always has been and will forever be, because God dwells in eternity. Time is His creation. It is why God can see the end from the beginning, and why He is never surprised by anything. If He were not eternal, God’s promise of eternal life for those who follow Jesus would have little value. He is God.
God is also Infinite. We cannot speak of measure, amount, size, or weight and at the same time be speaking of God, for He is beyond measurement. God has no beginning, no end, and no limits (Romans 11:33). God knows no boundaries. He is without measure. This attribute by definition impacts all of the others. Since God is infinite, everything else about Him must also be infinite. Our time has tenses — past, present, and future; but God has only uninterrupted continually present. The true God must have neither beginning or ending.
God is also Transcendent. You must not think of God as only as high or above any other. He cannot be compared to any other. He is far beyond any imagination as He transcends any thoughts of man. He is more than just higher or above all others. He is transcendent or indescribable —existing far beyond any creation or anything within His universe (Psalm 113:4-5). He is God.
God is Eternal – God is without succession. God is eternal, “from everlasting to everlasting he is God.” God doth not only always remain in being, but he always remains the same in that being (Psalm 102:27). The being of creatures is temporal; the being of God is permanent, and remains entire in all its perfections unchanged in an infinite duration. The first notion of eternity is to be without beginning and end, but to have no succession, nothing first or last shows the eternal perfection of a being in regard of its essence. — Stephen Carnock
God receives nothing as an addition to what he was before; he loseth nothing of what he was before; he is always the same excellency and perfection in the same infiniteness as ever. His years do not fail (Hebrews 1:12). His years do not come and go as others do; there is not this day, tomorrow, or yesterday, with him. As nothing is past or future with him, but all things are present, so nothing is past or future in regard of his essence. He is not in his essence this day what he was not before, or will be the next day and year what he is not now. All his perfections are most perfect in him every moment; before and after all ages. God hath all his being in one moment of time, as well as in infinite intervals of time. — Stephen Carnock
Can God Be Limited? Much is written about the omnipotence of God, but little is written about the limitations of God. There are some things which the Lord cannot do. Although He is omnipotent, He has limitations. God is omnipotent, but is subject to limitations. God must have conditions which are suitable to His working and nature. God will never violate His character. Christians cannot help God but they can hinder the work of God. The Creator can be bound and limited. There can be things within you which could hinder and limit His power. God does not use unclean vessels. God cannot work through a closed mind. Lack of faith can mean lack of power. You can limit God from using you to your fullest potential. “But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away… For he remembered that they were but flesh… How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert! Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy” (Psalm 78:38-42). God wants you to respond and give Him freedom to do His work through you. Your freewill can limit God. Don’t limit God in your life. He is God.