Tuesday, June 14, 2022

The Immanence and Transcendence of God

I believe that God is both immanent and transcendent. By this, I affirm that God is both present and active within His creation but superior to and independent of anything that He has created.[1] By divine immanence, we understand God’s presence and activity within nature, human nature, and history. 

    Jeremiah 23:24 emphasizes God’s presence throughout the whole universe. I believe that God is not limited to working directly to accomplish his purposes. God can use persons and organizations that may not be avowedly Christian to accomplish his purpose.[2] I believe that the implications of transcendence mean that there is something higher than humans and God can never be completely captured in human concepts. 

    Our salvation is not our achievement and there will always be differences between God and humans. In our relationship with God, there should be reverence.

[1] Erickson, Christian Theology, 327.

[2] Erickson, Christian Theology, 338.

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