Back to the Basics: Theology Proper #13 God’s OMNISCIENCE!

23 Mar

God never needs to be brought up to date.  He never needs to be informed of something He otherwise would not know.  All things knowable, He knows!  He never learns; He never increases in knowledge.  This is what we mean by God’s omniscience.

From our fallen human perspective, this might sound a bit boring.  Part of the joy of life is learning things, growing in knowledge, discovering new truths.  But God’s all-knowingness is not a vice, but a virtue.  What Scriptures indicate that God is omniscient?

Psalm 147:5 Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.

1 John 3:20 in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things.

Psalm 139:4 Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all.

Matthew 10:30 “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

Psalm 147:4 He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them.

Hebrews 4:13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

Psalm 139:1-4 O LORD, You have searched me and known me.

Psalm 44:21 Would not God find this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart.

Matthew 6:8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

1 Chronicles 28:9 “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.

Isaiah 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.

Isaiah 46:9-10 “Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me,

1 Kings 8:39 then hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive and act and render to each according to all his ways, whose heart You know, for You alone know the hearts of all the sons of men,

Acts 1:24 And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all men, show which one of these two You have chosen

Here are a few practical applications of God’s omniscience:

1. Our hearts can deceive us, but God knows all things and is greater than our hearts.

2. He knows what we are going to say before we say it.

3. His knowledge includes even the very minor things like the hairs on our heads and the major things like the stars in the sky.

4. There are no secrets before God; all things are open and visible to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

5. Even in our prayer lives He knows what we need before we formulate our prayers — but we are still to pray!

6. He searches all hearts and understands every intent of the thoughts.

7. His understanding is inscrutable (that word is worth looking up!).  God never has to say, “I misunderstood.”

8. He alone knows the hearts of all the sons of men.

What is one practical application of God’s omniscience for you today?

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Posted by on March 23, 2018 in doctrine of God


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