Showcase: Tim Keller

  • Does God Control Everything?: Tim Keller sermon +

    Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC, has an insightful discussion about free will, pre-destination and God's omnipotence, Read More
  • Art, Music and Christ in NYC: a Q & A with Tim Keller +

    Tim Keller participated in a question and answer at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO., on September, 2010. Fascinating Read More
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grudem-wayneB) Mental Attributes (190-197)

1) Knowledge (Omniscience)

a) God fully knows himself and all things actual and possible in one simple and eternal act. (Job 37:16;1Jo. 3:20; 1Cor. 2:10-11)

i) God knows all actual things (things that have happened or will happen) (Heb. 4:13; Matt. 6:8, 10:30;Psa. 139:1-2, Isa. 46:9)To know every detail of every single thing in the whole universe at the present time is something beyond our comprehension.To know it all for every single moment of past history is millions of time greater.To know it all for ever single moment of the future, with a future that will never end,is billions upon billions of times greater than that.God knows all of this in one "simple and eternal act""simple" = not divided into parts. Therefore God doesn't have to ponder carefully before he knows something, or reason toconclusions, or count things quickly.He always knows all things - all things are always present in his consciousness."eternal": He has always known all these things.Psalm 139:6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.Isaiah 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

ii) God knows all possible things (things that might have happened but did not happen) (1Sam. 23:11-13, Matt. 11:21)Since God knows himself fully, he also knows everything he is able to do.Therefore he fully knows every other possible creation he could have made (but didn't),and every other possible creature he could have created, and every other possible thing thatcould have happened in each of those creations.

Definition: God fully knows himself and all things actual and possible in one simple and eternal act.(= God's omniscience) (Rom. 11:33)


1. How do you feel about God's knowledge?

2. What is the spiritual benefit to our lives from thinking about God's knowledge?

2) Wisdom

a) Definition: God's wisdom means that God always chooses the best goals and the best means to thosegoals. (Rom. 16:27, Job 12:13)

In creation: Ps. 104:24: O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. look for evidences of God's wisdom in creation (this has led to many scientific discoveries)

In the church: Ephesians 3:10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now bemade known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. look for evidence of God's wisdom in the church

In our individual lives: Rom. 8:28: And we know that for those who love God all things work together forgood, for those who are called according to his purpose. as you look back over months or years, do you see God's wisdom at work in your life? God's wisdom is a great comfort to us in difficult times.

b) Application: We can have some wisdom (in imitation of God's wisdom),.and we can ask God for more wisdom. (Jas. 1:5; Pro. 9:10)

God wants us to act wisely, and this honors him (it shows forth his character)

Any human activity that requires skill and planning is a form of manifesting God's wisdom

- sports

- music, art

- construction, any of the trades

- culinary skills

- scientific inventions

- managing people, parenting, helping

Reflections to Consider

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Audio & Video

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  • Mysterious and Unknown: Our Great God Fernando Ortega +

    Eternal God, unchanging Mysterious and unknown Your boundless love unfailing In grace and mercy shown Bright seraphim in ceaseless flight Read More
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    Eternal God, unchangingMysterious, and unknownYour boundless love, unfailingIn grace and mercy shownBright seraphim in endless flightAround Your glorious throneThey raise Read More
  • This is my Father's world by Fernando Ortega +

    This is my Father's world, and to my listening ears all nature sings, and round me rings the music of Read More
  • Praise to the Lord, the Almighty by Fernando Ortega +

    Praise to the Lord, the AlmightyThe King of creationO my soul, praise HimFor He is thy health and salvationAll ye Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • The Surprise of His Love: Psalm 90 +

    Surprise us with love at daybreak; Read More
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    C.S. Lewis' book, Reflections on the Psalms, is not an easy read, but Lewis provides a poet's insight into the Read More
  • Climbing the Mountain: CH Spurgeon, Psalm 24 +

    A Sermon (No. 396) Delivered on Sunday Morning, June the 16th, 1861 by the Rev. C. H. SPURGEON, At the Read More
  • July 29 Devotional: Psalm 19:1 +

    The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. (Psalm 19:1 ESV) Read More
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