The Infinite God is Creator and Lord of the ‘finite’
This is the time period of the year where I historically dedicate time to reading. I typically order my reading material (books) in December and I set a goal to read a lot through the first couple months of each new year. I also seek to remain engaged in reading from scripture. My goal is simply to grow, to be inspired, to see deeper and clearer ‘so that’ I can share God’s light and love with others. My focus in reading is to more clearly see the glory and greatness of our God who is alive and who has spoken to us.
Acts, Chapter 17, verses 22-31
Paul Addresses the Areopagus
22 So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28 for
“‘In him we live and move and have our being’;
as even some of your own poets have said,
“‘For we are indeed his offspring.’
29 Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. 30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”
He is alive, He has spoken, He still speaks. We communicate because He communicates. We love because He is love. We have personality and person-hood because He is personal. We are finite creatures. He is the infinite Creator. Although we are not an animal or a machine, as to our finite-ness as a created being, we are closer in the realm of finite-ness to a machine or animal than we are to His infinite-ness. But yet, He made us/man in His image. We can ‘know’ Him. We cannot know Him exhaustively. But we can know Him truly. And such is the unique and special human-ness of man. The ‘image’ of God stamped into our being, our spirit mind, is the ‘human’ distinction. We have a spirit capacity which is our distinct human-ness. We are His special creatures created in His image so that we can know Him truly.