A Tragedy of Huge Proportions

To be made for eternity and forced to dwell in time is for mankind a tragedy of huge proportions.  All within us cries for life and permanence, and everything around us reminds us of mortality and change.  Yet that God has made us of the stuff of eternity is both a glory and a prophecy yet to be fulfilled.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 34

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It Arises from His Sovereign Good Pleasure

To admit the existence of a need in God is to admit incompleteness in the divine Being.  Need is a creature-word and cannot be spoken of the Creator.  God has a voluntary relation to everything He has made but He has no necessary relation to anything outside of Himself.  His interest in His creatures arises from His sovereign good pleasure, not from any need those creatures can supply nor from any completeness they can bring to Him who is complete in Himself.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 28

Understandable Uneasiness for the Uncreated

The human mind, being created, has an understandable uneasiness about the Uncreated.  We do not find it comfortable to allow for the presence of One who is wholly outside of the circle of our familiar knowledge.  We tend to be disquieted by the thought of One who does not account to us for His being, who is responsible to no one, who is self-existent, self-dependent and self-sufficient.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 22-23

Where Did Gd Come From?

The child by his question, “Where did God come from? is unwittingly acknowledging his creaturehood.  Already the concept of cause and source and origin is firmly fixed in his mind.  He knows that everything around him came from something other than itself, and he simply extends that concept upward to God.  The little philosopher is thinking in true creature-idiom and, allowing for his lack of basic information, he is reasoning correctly.  He must be told that God has not origin, and he will find this hard to grasp since it introduces a category with which he is wholly unfamiliar and contradicts the bent toward origin-seeking so deeply ingrained in all intelligent beings, a bent that impels them to probe ever back and back toward undiscovered beginnings.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 22

Nothing Is Self-Created

Origin is a word that can apply only to things created.  When we think of anything that has origin we are not thinking of God.  God is self-existent, while all created things necessarily originated somewhere at some time.  Aside from God, nothing is self-cause.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 22

God’s Word Goes Out from Him by His Spirit

In both the work of creation (in Genesis 1) and the work of salvation or re-creation (in the Gospels), God’s Word goes out from Him by his Spirit.  The Father speaks, and on His breath this Word is heard. It all reveals what this God is truly like. The Spirit is the one through whom the Father loves, blesses and empowers his Son.  The Son goes out from the Father by the Spirit. Hence Jesus is known as “the anointed one” (“the Messiah” in Hebrew, “the Christ” in Greek), for He is the one supremely anointed with the Spirit. As kings and priests, even prophets, were anointed and consecrated to their tasks with well in the Old Testament, Jesus is anointed with the spirit. Indeed, the terms Son and Anointed One are sometimes almost synonymous (in, for example, Psalm 2).

– Reeves, Michael; Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith;  IVP Academic; Downer’s Grove, IL, Page 30

Jesus’ Baptism Has Echoes of Creation (Genesis 1)

The way the Father, Son and Spirit related at Jesus’s baptism was not a one time only event; the whole scene is full of echoes of Genesis 1. There at the creation, the Spirit also hovers, dove-like, over waters. And just as a Spirit, after Jesus’ baptism, would send him out into the lifeless wilderness, so in Genesis 1 the Spirit appears as a power by which God’s word goes out into the lifeless void.  In the beginning, God creates by His Word (the Word that would later become flash), and He does so by sending out His Word in the power of the Spirit or Breath.

– Reeves, Michael; Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith;  IVP Academic; Downer’s Grove, IL, Page 29