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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 1145 God, transcendence of
1145 God, transcendence of

1145 God, transcendence of

God is far above, beyond and outside the created order.

God is outside and above all creation

Ps 113:4; Isa 40:22 Solomon confesses that God transcends containment by the temple: 1Ki 8:27; 2Ch 2:6
Job 37:23 Elihu declares the Lord to be beyond reach; Ps 8:1; Ps 57:5,11; Ps 97:9; Ps 108:5; Ps 148:13; Isa 33:5; Ac 7:49; Ac 17:24; Eph 1:20-21 Jesus Christ is above all, in the place of highest honour and authority; Eph 4:6; Heb 7:26

God is able also to draw near to his creatures

Isa 57:15

The invisibility of God

God is invisible to people and hidden from their sight Ex 33:20; Isa 45:15 See also Ex 3:6 Job is unable to find God in his suffering: Job 9:11; Job 23:8-9
Ps 10:1; Ps 13:1; Ps 89:46; Jn 1:18 Jesus Christ has made God known; Jn 5:37; Col 1:15 Jesus Christ is the image of God; 1Ti 1:17; 1Ti 6:16; 1Jn 4:12

OT saints who saw God Ex 33:11 These exceptions indicate that God’s invisibility is not inherent, but the result of sinful people’s inability to look upon a holy God. See also Ge 32:30; Ex 24:10; Jdg 13:22; Isa 6:5

God is made visible in Jesus Christ Jn 1:18; Jn 14:9; 2Co 4:4,6; Col 1:15

Redeemed people will be able to look at God’s face Mt 5:8; 1Co 13:12; 1Jn 3:2; Rev 22:4

God’s ways are beyond human understanding

Isa 55:8-9 See also Dt 29:29; Job 5:9; Job 11:7; Job 36:22-23; Ps 139:1-6; Pr 25:2; Ecc 3:11; Isa 40:28; Ro 11:33-34; 1Co 2:11,16

See also

1065God, holiness of
1110God, present everywhere
1130God, sovereignty
1140God, the eternal
1210God, human descriptions
1325God, the Creator
2078Christ, sonship of

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