“The Omniscience of God” chapter from Greg Nichols’ forthcoming “Lectures in Systematic Theology: Doctrine of God” [13-page PDF]

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Excerpt:

III. The Practical Relevance of God’s Omniscience

Omniscience is useful for instruction, consolation, confirmation, provision, and exhortation.

A. Instruction from God’s Omniscience

  • It teaches us the excellency of wisdom (Prov. 3:19-20).
  • It teaches us the value of all creatures, the Christian gospel, church, and ministry (Matt. 6:26, 10:31, 11:21, 23; Eph. 3:8, 10-11).
  • It teaches us the inscrutability of divine providence (Eccles. 8:16-17, 9:1).
  • It teaches us the sufficiency of Jesus Christ (Col. 3:5-8).
  • It teaches us the absurdity of thinking anyone can get away with sin (Rev. 18:5).

B. Comfort from God’s Omniscience

  • It comforts us because God ever watches over us (Isa. 40:28).
  • It comforts us because God never forgets us (Isa. 49:14-16).
  • It comforts us because God always remembers our faithful service to him (Heb. 6:10).
  • It comforts because the Holy Spirit prays for us, even when we don’t know what to pray (Rom. 8:27).

C. Confirmation from God’s Omniscience

  • Divine foreknowledge strengthens our faith that Jehovah is the one true God (Isa. 41:21-24, 48:5).

D. Provision from God’s Omniscience

  • It supplies a stockpile of wisdom and knowledge (Col. 3:5; James 1:5).
  • It supplies effectual argument to plead before God (Neh. 13:22, 29, 31; Luke 1:72).

E. Exhortation from God’s Omniscience

It exhorts about communion with God, cultivation of grace, and contemplation of his work.

  • 1. God’s omniscience exhorts us to godly communion with the Lord.
    • a. Omniscience calls us to seek God for guidance and counsel (1 Sam. 23:11-12; Prov. 3:13, 21-22; Col. 3:5).
    • b. Omniscience calls us to praise God (Pss. 104:1, 33, 147:5; Rom. 11:33-36, 16:27).
    • c. Omniscience calls us to appreciate God’s special presence (Ps. 139:17,18).
    • d. Omniscience calls us to cleave to God alone (Jer. 10:10-12).
    • e. Omniscience calls us to trust God for protection and provision (Matt. 6:31-32,10:29-31).
    • f. Omniscience calls us to serve God (John 21:17).
    • g. Omniscience calls us to honor God (Rom. 11:33-36; 1 Cor. 1:17-31).
  • 2. God’s omniscience exhorts us to diligent cultivation of grace.
    • a. Omniscience urges us to cultivate humility (Job 1:21, 37:16, 38:1-39-30; Gen. 18:25).
    • b. Omniscience urges us to cultivate expectancy for eternal glory (Ps. 104:35; Heb. 6:10).
    • c. Omniscience urges us to cultivate sanctity (Ps. 139:19-22).
    • d. Omniscience urges us to cultivate sincerity (Ps. 139:23-24; Prov. 15:11; Ezek. 11:5; 1 John 3:19-21).
    • e. Omniscience urges us to cultivate sagacity (Prov. 3:13-15, 21-22).
    • f. Omniscience urges us to cultivate honesty (Matt. 11:21, 23).
    • g. Omniscience urges us to cultivate tenacity (Heb. 4:11-13).
  • 3. God’s omniscience exhorts us to biblical contemplation of his works.
    • a. We should study and analyze creation until praise and gratitude flow from our lips (Ps. 104:24).
    • b. We should meditate on the mystery of providence until we stand lost in wonder (Eccles. 8:16-17, 9:1).
    • c. We should contemplate salvation until we give God all the glory (Rom. 11:33-36; 1 Cor. 1:17-25).

In Conclusion, omniscience graciously invites all sinners to forsake their sinful ways and thoughts and seek the Lord, while there is still time (Isa. 55:6-9). May the Lord be pleased to write these many lesson of his supreme mind, knowledge, and wisdom on our hearts.

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