Ryrie gives us a verse under his scripture references that should make every human being—believer or unbeliever—tremble with fear! Psalm 139:16 says: “God knows everything about our lives before we are born.” Think about that. What you have done, are doing, and are going to do, God already knows. You cannot hide any thought or action from the Omniscience of God.
“God, in His omniscience, knew that through warped emotions and errant thinking that an irrational choice was possible.” (Blueprint, pp20) No person, past, present, or future can run and hide from God. It is only through the blind ignorance of countless human beings that they continue to act as if God does not know about them or care if they exist. This statement is the reason that we, as saved sinners, are left on this earth, so we can tell others about our All-knowing God. They cannot get away from Him and will one day stand before Him in judgment. It is our witness and preaching to the lost that will make a difference in where some of them spend eternity. Don’t take lightly the Omniscience of God and what it means!
How many believers stumble and suffer because they do not understand the Omniscience of God? Unfortunately, there are many more than there should be. Consider Ryrie’s comment under point 3 application: “Nothing can ever come to light in the believer’s life that would surprise God and cause Him to cast him out.” Our security as a believer in Jesus Christ comes because The Father can never be taken by surprise by what occurs in our life. He already knows. Because we are in the hand and care of His Son, we can have confidence that our place in Heaven is secure. Jesus never fails us. We may fail him, but He never fails to hold us secure.
What is baffling is the tendency for some religious groups to teach that you can lose your salvation. If that is true, then God’s own words are a lie. God’s Word is true for He never can lie; it is not in his nature. We see in John 10:27-29 (KJV) the following statement: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” These are Jesus’ words about himself and the promise of the Father. Those words are solid and secure for any believer in Jesus Christ. This is solid proof of God’s Omniscience at work. You can depend on it!
In our previous discussion (02/27/18), we talked about God’s Omniscience and how it brings us security. Today, we will add some additional thoughts on that subject and how it impacts us. 1) We do not “earn” salvation, 2) Faith and Grace are important parts of salvation, 3) Our salvation is not dependent upon our “physical” sight.
These three thoughts are evident from the following verses of scripture in Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.” A gift is something you are given. You do not “earn” it. Verse 9 minces no words: “Not of works…” and the rest of the verse tells us why. We could tend to boast about what “we” did. Faith is the reason why we are given the gift. This “gift” is not something we “physically” see.
At this point, let me interject a quote from SpiritQuest 2 (pp130): “Physical sight is not sufficient. We must rely upon God’s sight for He sees all. Mental instinct is not reliable, for our ways are not God’s ways. Manmade reasons and logic are not reliable. They are based upon limited input and faulty wisdom. The foundation we seek must be timeless and changeless.” It is here that we exercise faith and depend upon God’s Omniscience. He knows the plans He has for us and how we will follow Him in obedience. God has given us a gift and it will never be taken away from us. We must use it wisely!
Ryrie writes on his comment about meaning, the following: “Omniscience means that God knows everything, things actual and possible, effortlessly and equally well.” This quote of his is condensed in order to simplify a statement about God’s Omniscience. The difficulty is how do we “unpack” all that his statement contains?
As we attempt this, let us start with a quote from Blueprint (pp88): “…, God sees things panoramically, that is as a broad picture from beginning to end. [God does this because He is omniscient that is because He knows all things].” OK, this sounds good, but is it supported by what the Bible says? Short answer, yes. In Acts 15:18 Luke writes “Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.” This NT statement leaves no doubt about God’s omniscience. God knows all things. He is in the dark about nothing.
Every act by every human being from God’s first act of creating Adam and Eve, their disobedience and sin, to the last sinful human to be born is known by God. No one can escape God’s attention; therefore, all will be accountable to Him. Thank God that Jesus is our advocate and will stand for us as believers when we stand at the final judgment of God’s creation of all mankind. No one can escape and those without Jesus will face eternal punishment. Are you standing with Jesus or without Him? Your eternal future depends on your decision.
Ryrie under his applications comments makes the following point about Omniscience and sensitivity. “Every warning God gives comes from [his position as] an omniscient Being, so we should be extremely sensitive to them. He does not warn us on the basis of only guessing what might happen. He knows.” When God gives a warning, we should heed it to avoid problems.
One rule that I have learned as a believer is this: when God gives a warning, you better be listening, when He gives you a second warning you better be doing it, when God gives a third warning, watch out because you are probably already in trouble. If you learn to heed this advice, you will avoid a lot of bad times. Remember, God knows all things past, present, and future. Our sensitivity to his warnings can be helpful to living a decent and happy life!
What do you do when bad times come? For the unbeliever, he has nothing but his own devices and schemes. But for the believer, we have a God of comfort in whom we can take refuge. Once again, let’s go to Ryrie’s comments for more insight.
Following his note on Omniscience and solace, we find these words: “Not only does He (God) know what actually happened, but He knows what might have happened. He always knows what ultimate good and glory will come from events which we cannot understand.”
Two things are highlighted in his comment. 1) God knows what could have happened from the circumstance we find ourselves in; 2) God knows what really did happen and why. The circumstance we find ourselves in could have been much more complicated and difficult than what we experienced. In this we should always be thankful. We must trust God that what we experience will result in at least two things that are a benefit. One is that God is glorified by what we did or experienced and two, we are more experienced in knowledge and can share this with others. Trust God that He knows what He is doing and the good He wants will come from what we experience.