The Eternal God

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At all times and in all places, people have invented gods, things or people to worship instead of the Eternal God. The rich and powerful worship and love money and dominance. Rulers, whether they call themselves kings, despots, presidents or premiers, worship riches and power as they assert despotic authority over the people. However, the gold gods leave their worshippers in dire strait as their lives often end badly. Saddam Hussein, for example, was found hiding in cellar and subsequently executed. Other people worship the sun, Earth, science or super stars.  In past times, those “religious groups” call their god, the only god, and the gods people worship today morphed from ancient gods to fit these times, as Nimrod became Amen Ra leading to Zeus, Jupiter and Gaia, or mother Earth. Gods became saints and heroes.

Traditional Christians still believe, as did the ancients, a man can be born of a god and become a god-man or man-god, thus making him part human  and part god, existing from the beginning of time.

All the traditional gods, from the sun-god to the zodiac gods and Nimrod, Zeus and Baal, did not exist before the creation because they are found within the creation. Whether people worship other gods because they are ignorant or just rebellious, who can say.

Scientists, today, worship the creation and find ways to discount a Creator. One example, today, are some scientist who insist that there are many universes out there, which have no beginning; thus, they say, there is no God in the beginning who created because there was no beginning. These claim a created universe is eternal not the Creator. Matter and energy are their gods. However, there is a difference between provable science (the scientific method) and consensus (unprovable) science.

Scientists, nonetheless, cannot conceive or explain the unbelievable complexity of life and its amazing interrelationships with other life and all of nature (atmosphere, water and sunlight) necessary to maintain and promote life, much less prove how life began without a Creator.

God is not a human being, and He, alone, created all things. See God Is One. Most importantly, God created people in His image, and when humans achieve righteousness through the sacrifice of the man, Jesus Christ, God will give them eternal life so they can be like their Father in Heaven.

Psa. 90:2 Before the mountains were born
Or You gave birth to the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

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In spite of consensus science, the creation demands a Creator. When God told Abraham to look at the stars, he knew he could trust God because he perceived God’s Nature in nature. But the last thing science wants is a Creator and will do everything it can to “prove” there is none.

Rom. 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

God does not give understanding of Him to all people but only those who “sync” with Him. He lets them use other programs and computers because their minds preclude any sympathy with God’s mind. Early believers accepted God because of what He did for them: releasing them from slavery and bringing them to a new land; that is, passing over from evil to good. The truly perceptive can observe what the ways of evil do to people and seek the opposite (good).

Deut. 4:35 “To you it was shown that you might know that the LORD, He is God; there is no other besides Him.

Deut. 4:39 “Know therefore today, and take it to your heart, that the LORD, He is God in heaven above and on the earth below; there is no other.

God inspires those, who can be, to reveal His Message of Who He is. Again and again, they expound God’s eternal Nature caused by His Eternal Goodness and Lovingkindness. God is everlasting because His Perfect Nature can never end. Evil has its built in destruction, but Goodness and Lovingkindness can only promote life, is the essence of life.

Is. 43:10 “You are My witnesses,” declares the LORD,
“And My servant whom I have chosen,
So that you may know and believe Me
And understand that I am He.
Before Me there was no God formed,
And there will be none after Me.

Jer. 10:10 But the LORD is the true God;
He is the living God and the everlasting King.
At His wrath the earth quakes,
And the nations cannot endure His indignation.

The Eternal God is Eternal Love, which must create, and create things in the Nature of Love. So God must endure as well as His creation, albeit in an eternal form.

In the beginning God created the Earth. God established and fixed the Earth and crafted the heavens with His eternal hands. Yet, God made the heavens and earth of temporal material, and it would age like an old shirt or dress.

Psa. 102:25 “Of old You founded the earth,
And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
Psa. 102:26 “Even they will perish, but You endure;
And all of them will wear out like a garment;
Like clothing You will change them and they will be changed.
Psa. 102:27 “But You are the same,
And Your years will not come to an end.

Further expounding on God’s eternal love and power, the prophets states the He does not tire like humans because He is made of sterner stuff. His eternal intellect remains so far above people’s that they will never catch up, no matter how carefully they examine the physical world.

Is. 40:28 Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable.

We need God, the eternal life giver, but God does not need anything a person can do or try to do for Him. Unlike pagan deities, who must have, at least, people’s obeisance to exist, God has all and needs nothing else.

Is. 66:1  ¶ Thus says the LORD,
“Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool.
Where then is a house you could build for Me?
And where is a place that I may rest?

The Eternal God only ardently desires to provide life and life more abundantly, and He wants those made in His image to partake of  His love and live forever.

Is. 41:4 “Who has performed and accomplished it,
Calling forth the generations from the beginning?
‘I, the LORD, am the first, and with the last. I am He.’”

Is. 43:13 “Even from eternity I am He,
And there is none who can deliver out of My hand;
I act and who can reverse it?”

God compares in human terms the difference between people’s time in the physical realm to God’s in the eternal world. Since, aside from the ∞ infinity symbol, a human mind cannot conceive of eternity, so God gives people a reference which is more comprehensible, a thousand years.

Psa. 90:4 For a thousand years in Your sight
Are like yesterday when it passes by,
Or as a watch in the night.

The nature of the Eternal God prevents His vacillating or even lying because He is not a man; therefore we can be assured that His Word stands anchored, true and eternal.

Num. 23:19 “God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent;
Has He said, and will He not do it?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

Dwelling Place

In another sense, we cannot conceive of steadfastness, shall we say, of an Eternal God, so the Bible uses the analogy of a rock, like, say, granite. When a person desires to participate in understanding and walking in God’s Way, He protects His People as if in “fortress” as a “shelter.” These verses help us to comprehend the incomprehensible.

Psa. 71:3 Be to me a rock of habitation to which I may continually come;
You have given commandment to save me,
For You are my rock and my fortress.

Psa. 91:1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

Indeed, when God’s Word fills a person’s mind, we say He dwells within a person, but actually, since God is Eternal, the reality is that a believer dwells within God because our minds cannot fully comprehend God.

Deut. 33:27 “The eternal God is a dwelling place,
And underneath are the everlasting arms;
And He drove out the enemy from before you,
And said, ‘Destroy!’

Psa. 90:1 Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Psa. 90:2 Before the mountains were born
Or You gave birth to the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

The Extent of the Eternal God

When we discuss who God is, what His names are, these appellations grow out God’s Eternal Nature. He created us, thus He fathered us because He brought us into being. Nothing can change that fact; so He is Our Father in Heaven for all eternity.

1Chr. 29:10 So David blessed the LORD in the sight of all the assembly; and David said, “Blessed are You, O LORD God of Israel our father, forever and ever.

Because God is the Eternal One and created the world out of His Nature and man in His image, He sits on His throne in heaven and judges people on the basis of His Law, which is also embedded in the creation, and the potential of the people He breathed the breath of life into.

Psa. 9:7 ¶ But the LORD abides forever;
He has established His throne for judgment,

God’s judgment is grounded on and resonates with His righteousness, which permeates the universe. Furthermore, the Eternal God remains faithful to His promises and covenants of life and life more abundantly.

Deut. 32:4 “The Rock! His work is perfect,
For all His ways are just;
A God of faithfulness and without injustice,
Righteous and upright is He.

From His Eternal Nature growing out of His lovingkindness, God guides people into the Ways of their Father and Creator for their eternal good. With goal of giving people the character needed, He ardently intends to give those who will let Him eternal life filled with love.

Psa. 33:11 The counsel of the LORD stands forever,
The plans of His heart from generation to generation.

When the skies thunder, the sound hints at the voice of God encouraging all to walk with Him into eternity.

Psa. 68:33 To Him who rides upon the highest heavens, which are from ancient times;
Behold, He speaks forth with His voice, a mighty voice.

Praise God

Praising God using His Eternal Name provides a powerful way to properly communicate a person’s adoration of the Creator. Abraham sets an example of praising the Eternal God.

Gen. 21:33 Abraham planted a tamarisk tree at Beersheba, and there he called on the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God.

Indeed, Our Father in Heaven told Moses to instruct Israel how to understand and praise God’s Eternal Name just as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob knew.

Ex. 3:15 God, furthermore, said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is My name forever, and this is My memorial-name to all generations.

The Eternal God, no other, rules in heaven above and the Earth beneath. While He wants people to ardently desire to enter His Kingdom, He does not force them because their loyalty would not emanate from their own hearts but out of fear or possible gain. Those that know understand His Kingdom must last eternally because God is Eternal. In praising God, believers must include in their adorations words attesting to His Eternal Nature.

Ex. 15:18 “The LORD shall reign forever and ever.”

Psa. 145:13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.
Psa. 146:10 The LORD will reign forever,
Your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the LORD!

When we speak the Truth, the Truth becomes stronger in our hearts and minds and, furthermore builds faith.

Psa. 92:8 But You, O LORD, are on high forever.

God’s throne firmly embedded in His creation will never disappear; but evil rulers will die and disappear forever. As well noted, God’s righteousness has His staff of sovereignty for ever, from the beginning into eternity.

Psa. 93:2 Your throne is established from of old;
You are from everlasting.

Psa. 45:6 Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.

Just as we are drawn into God’s World to live on forever, His Eternal Word shines His light on His Way we follow.

Psa. 102:12 But You, O LORD, abide forever,
And Your name to all generations.

When God’s Creation gives us joy, we deeply appreciate His Eternal Nature. All God creates echoes His majesty even as the symphony of nature praises His Nature. All the world as seen through eyes of wonder and understanding enlarges our faith and trust in Him.

Psa. 104:31 Let the glory of the LORD endure forever;
Let the LORD be glad in His works;

Psa. 111:3 Splendid and majestic is His work,
And His righteousness endures forever.

Is. 26:4 “Trust in the LORD forever,
For in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock.

God reminds people that He remains the only Eternal God, no other God, or half god, exists beside Him. The very creation provides everlasting evidence, as well as His Word, that God has always been and will always be the Singular Supreme and Eternal God.

Is. 44:8 ‘Do not tremble and do not be afraid;
Have I not long since announced it to you and declared it?
And you are My witnesses.
Is there any God besides Me,
Or is there any other Rock?
I know of none.’”

1Sam. 2:2 “There is no one holy like the LORD,
Indeed, there is no one besides You,
Nor is there any rock like our God.

Psa. 135:13 Your name, O LORD, is everlasting,
Your remembrance, O LORD, throughout all generations.

Praise God!

In the Image of God

Having formed man from the clay of the earth, yet made in His image, God planned from eternity to have His sons be like our Father in every way. However, we know that people are material beings and must first become eternal in heart and mind before the body can change to resemble God as well. He promises His People eternal life and the gateway to gain that goal.

Hab. 1:12 Are You not from everlasting,
O LORD, my God, my Holy One?
We will not die.
You, O LORD, have appointed them to judge;
And You, O Rock, have established them to correct.

People must wrestle with major temptations like pride coupled with the love of money to be free to love God and those made in His image. Eternal love cannot abide by these deceptions, which must be repented of. Several scriptures make this quite clear.

Is. 57:15 For thus says the high and exalted One
Who lives forever, whose name is Holy,
“I dwell on a high and holy place,
And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit
In order to revive the spirit of the lowly
And to revive the heart of the contrite.

Psa. 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.

Is. 66:2 “For My hand made all these things,
Thus all these things came into being,” declares the LORD.
“But to this one I will look,
To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.

Is. 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
Because the LORD has anointed me
To bring good news to the afflicted;
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to captives
And freedom to prisoners;
Is. 61:2 To proclaim the favorable year of the LORD
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
Is. 61:3 To grant those who mourn in Zion,
Giving them a garland instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.
So they will be called oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.

Col. 1:15 ¶ He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

God demonstrates His Eternal Love by providing all the things for physical and spiritual life to all on Earth.

Matt. 5:45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

Just as God always provides for mankind, so also must those made in His image continue always to do good, if they want eternal life from the Eternal God.

Rom. 2:7 to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life;

God commands all people through out the ages to believe and seek Him in order to obey the laws of love called the Commandments

Rom. 16:26 but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith;

Conclusion

1Tim. 1:17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

Amen.

Gil Kovacs,

Sabbath Christian Church

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