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All nations believe in a great "First Cause," a God; a moral fall; and a life beyond the grave. Altars to a known or unknown God have been erected in every age and in every clime. The true God is an infinite, spiritual Being, and can't be demonstrated by mathematics or chemistry. God's not a physical entity, and thus can't be revealed by the sense of smell, taste, feeling, nor heard by the physical ear. He can be discovered only by the sixth sense---the moral sense. The Israelites demanded a sign, and so God "tried" in various ways to reveal himself. He spoke in thunder-tones from the mountain-side, and appeared in pillars of smoke and fire. He led them with a mighty hand; fed them with manna from the skies and imported quails from over the sea. But the more he tried to demonstrate himself to them, the thicker became the veil. The Greeks sought after wisdom, and seemingly believed they could discover God by mental efforts; but they failed miserably, although they reasoned to "the tenth power". When the great apostle Paul visited Athens, the very seat of Grecian civilization, he found that they knew of the infinite God only as an unknown quality. He told them that the God they ignorantly worshiped was a spirit and that he was God of the whole earth.

Jesus was walking through Samaria, and came to Sychar and stopped at Jacob's well to quench his thirst. He asked a samaritan woman to give him a drink. An interesting conversation took place, and finally the woman perceived that her visitor was a prophet, and a Jew. She then threw out to him the remark that the father of Samaria "worshiped in 'this' mountain", meaning Mt. Gerizim, their religion was that taught by Sanballat, the Horonite; "Ye say," she continued, "that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship." "Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ys shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth" (John 4:21-24). Thus Jesus revealed the nature of God. And from that day to this, it matters not where, on the mountain-top or in the valley low, upon what seas or underneath what skeis, where one, two, three or more, are bowed in humility of heart, there's erected an altar of prayer. If God were a literal being today, we'd kill the fatted calf, or take him a garland of flowers. If he were dwelling in some city or hamlet across the sea, we'd go on a pilgrimage to do him homage; but God's a Spirit, and dwelleth not in temples made by hands. The sacrifices acceptable to him are contrite hearts and submissive wills.

The New Testament reveals God as

Infinite in Existence...

The God whom true Christians worship is boundless, limitless, unchangeable, and eternal. He can't be fully explained. To attempt to bring him into the scope of language would be an attempt to bring him into limitation, which is impossible. He's the high and lofty One, who inhabitieth eternity. Infinite is he in his existence. Time to him is as though it were not; he takes no particular notice of an hour, a day, a month, or year; a thousand years is as but one day with him. He takes less notice of a period of duration than we would of a dry leaf falling to the ground. Being infinite in existence, he has ability to fulfill all of his promises relative to time. Being eternal, he's able to keep us from falling during life's short period, to be with us in death, and to be our companion throughtout all eternity. He's uncahangeable in nature, and this is a guarantee that his attitude toward us will never change; that fact brings confidence and trust to a weary soul, and stimulates courage in those who are weak. God's limitless in knowledge. In Acts 15:18 we read, "Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world." The blue-print of creation is ever before him, and he remembers the combination of circumstances leading up to the fall of Adam and Eve in that early morning of time. He knows every event that's happened backward to the beginning, and he can lift the curtain and see what'll take place unto the very end of time. "Remember the former thingw of old; for I am God, and there is none else." "I am God," he declares, "and there is none like me." "Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure" (Isa. 46:9, 10). There's no cave so deep where God can't see the guilty one, for daylight and darkness are both alike to him. He knows the very thoughts and motives of every heart. "For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, the Lord, the God of Hosts, is his name" (Amos 4:13). Man can't add one inch to the diameter of the earth, nor subtract one foot from its circumference. Man can't add to creation, nor stop the wheels of time from rolling on. "I know," declares Solomon, "that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever: nothing can be put to it, nor anthing taken from it: and God doeth it, that man should fear before him" (Eccl. 3:14). The Psalmist, when meditating upon the boundlessness and unchangeableness of the nature of God wrote in Psa. 102:25-27, "Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: but thou are the same, and thy years shall have no end." From everlasting to everlasting he is God.

Infinite in Wisdom...

Scientists claim that all things in the great laboratory of nature are perfect: from the mighty mastodon of pre-historic ages down to the amoeba, or infinitesimal electrons, which mark the ultimate division of a substance. God makes no mistakes. He works upon the plan of economy, hence there's only one sun to shine upon the earth, one Christ to save from sin, one gospel age, one death, one judgement, and one home for the saved. He fully understands that mysterious force we call life, and how from that transparent, homogeneous jelly known as protoplasm, can grow a bird, a fish, a vegetable, or a man. Whenever we limit the Almighty, we set sail upon an uncertain sea. I can see the greatness of God everywhere; not only in the fact that he holds the mountains in his hands, but that he marks the sparrow's fall. God knows how many souls there are in paradise or lower hades today. He knows all about me. He reads our thoughts as we read a book, and has a record of all our acts. He's infinite in wisdom. He says to poor, weak man, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." The great apostle Paul, when meditating upon God's willingness to assist us in solving the problems of life, said, "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Heb. 4:16).

Infinite in Holiness...

God is absolutely pure, and nothing sinful can stand in his holy presence. He'll not wink at, or overlook, the transgression of any law. Sin's not allowed within the walls of that heavenly country.

"Heaven is a holy place,
Filled with glory and with grace;
Sin can never enter there.
It will stop you at the door,
Bar you out forevermore,
Sin can never enter there."

God hates sin , and the only reason he allows it here on earth is because he recognizes man's free agency. Sin is always wrong. It's just as sinful to take God's name in vain in a saloon as it would be in the church edifice. God condemned sin in the garden of Eden, in the Jews, and he equally condemns it today. The man who does wrong, God will condemn, whether it be a king upon a throne or a peasant wearing wooden shoes. God condemned sin in King David, Christ condemned the same sin in a poor woman, and the Spirit condemns sin equally with the rest of the Godhead. The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost were united in man's creation, in his redemption, and will also stand united on the final day of judgment. The principle of sin is rebellion, and will be branded and punished as such when the balance of life is struck.

Infinite in Justice...

Being infinite in wisdom, God couldn't be otherwise than infinite in justice. He knows and he'll not forget. It was he who set in motion that awful law of cause and effect, the law of accumulation, the law of compensation; hence, every person will get back dollar for dollar, inch for inch, deed for deed. The rich man refused Lazarus a crumb of bread, and in turn was refused a drop of water. God's no respecter of persons, and that guarantees a just reward. No bribe will be accepted, no private pulls will be recognized. Today's the day of mercy, but tomorrow may be the judgment day. People who haven't received justice today will get their just dues then. There's no man suffering in lower hades today, or will ever suffer in the lake of eternal fire, who's innocent. The infinite God is Judge. One thought which brings comfort to my heart at this time is the fact that on the day of final judgment all the innocent will be safe. No person will escape, and no deed will be overlooked. Even he who gave a cup of water in the name of a disciple will not lose his reward. God's also infinite in mercy, and isn't willing that any should perish, but that they should seek his face and live.

Infinite in Kingship...

The prophet Isaiah, in speaking of the kingship of God, said: "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end." (Isa. 9:6, 7) It wouldn't be just for the Lord simply to save people and then leave them helpless, or provide for them no home. He's prepared for them a city, and that hope inspires them on. The soul knows full well that the conditions of eternal bliss and happiness aren't to be found upon this earth nor in the bodies we now occupy. Even if the earth should never be destroyed, our bodies are doomed for death and decay. One may seek a higher altitude, a balanced ration, and a perfect sanitation, but he can postpone death only temporarily. Even if he possessed an eternal body, he couldn't live here forever, for heaven and earth shall pass away.

The conditions of eternal life aren't possible with our present surroundings. The three conditions necessary are: (1) A quality of condition---a new creation---which we receive in Christ; "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature." (2) Bodies that won't wear out---which we shall receive at the resurrection; "Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body." (Phil. 3:21) "And Jesus answering said unto them, ...They which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither...die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection." (Luke 20:34-36) And (3) An environment that will never change. This last condition the Master has gone to prepare; "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." (John 14:2, 3) It's called a new world, a heavenly country. The kingdom of God is infinte, unchangeable, limitless, and eternal. The blessing of God we now possess is limited only by reason of our human bodies and environment. With the discoverer we cry, "Eureka!" and with the poet we exclaim, "I have found it Lord, in thee!"




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