Saturday, September 22, 2018

The Omnipresence Of The Lord Jesus Christ

  • Discussion:
          -The Bible tells us that God is omnipresent, meaning that He is present everywhere simultaneously. He transcends the boundaries of space and time. He is infinite. He is bound by nothing. These truths are revealed plainly in the Old Testament Scriptures:          

          "But will God indeed dwell with mankind on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You; how much less this house which I have built." (2 Chronicles 6:18)

          "Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me." (Psalm 139:7-10)

          "Am I a God who is near,” declares the Lord,“And not a God far off? “Can a man hide himself in hiding places so I do not see him?” declares the Lord. “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the Lord." (Jeremiah 23:23-24)

         The various Old Testament expressions describing God as omnipresent are also pertinent to the deity of Christ. Consider the following New Testament passages:

          "far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all." (Ephesians 1:21-23)

          "For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven." (Colossians 1:19-20)

          The next passage is especially worthy of study, since it implies that Christ is both all-knowing and all-present: 

          "For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Matthew 18:20)

          Furthermore, it is likely that in Matthew 18:20 the author was alluding to a saying that was popular among the first century Jewish rabbis. Consider the following excerpt from the Pulpit Commentary:

           "The rabbis had a saying that if two sat at table and conversed about the Law of God, the Shechinah rested upon them. The promise in the text, of course, implies Christ's omnipresence and omniscience. This is his blessing on united, congregational prayer."

           This all makes perfect sense, since the gospel narrative of Matthew was originally directed to a Jewish audience. The passage of Matthew 18:20 strongly suggests that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh. He is the second Person of the Triune God. He is both fully human and divine, which is known as the doctrine of the hypostatic union. In summary, the fact that Jesus is all-present in His divinity proves that He is God.

4 comments:

  1. Matthew 18:20 is about church discipline. Two or three are witnesses for the disciplinary action.

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    1. That is true, but I pointed out Matthew 18:20 because it is relevant to the Trinity debate (namely the deity of Christ).

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  2. How can Jesus be omnipresent in his divinity and not omnipresent in his human flesh at the same time? Are you sure that is not a contradiction?

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  3. Anonymous,

    No, a contradiction is to say that something is A and not-A at the same time in the same relationship.

    To say that Christ is omnipresent in His divine nature, and that He is localized in His human nature, is not to assert and deny something at the same time in the same relationship.

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