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Systematic Theology II Week 3, Session 1

Systematic Theology: Volume Two
Chapter Eight

“God’s Omniscience”
pp.180-212

God’s Omniscience
Omniscience defined . . .
The historical definition is straightforward: “God knows everything—past, present, and future; He knows the actual and the possible; only the impossible (the contradictory is outside the knowledge of God” Geisler, p. 180

Biblical Basis for God’s Omniscience
Gen. 6:5  Job 21:22; 36:4; 37:16  Ps. 139:2-4, 17-18; 147:4-5  Isa. 40:28; 42:9; 46:10  Matt. 10:29-30  Acts 15:17-18  Rom. 8:29; 11:33  Eph. 1:11  Heb. 4:13

Objections to God’s Omniscience

Be familiar with the twelve objections and responses to the God’s omniscience in Geisler, pp. 194-210

Systematic Theology: Volume Two
Chapter Nine “God’s Wisdom and Light” pp. 213-232

God’s Wisdom
Definition of God’s Wisdom . . . Hebrew chokam, Greek sophia, both mean “wisdom” or “skill.” Wisdom has to do with the ability to choose the right means for a desired ends. Wisdom is the application of truth to one’s life. God infinitely wise.

Biblical Basis for God’s Wisdom
God is wise: Ezra 7:25  Job 12:13  Dan. 2:20  Luke 11:49  Rom 16:27  1 Cor. 1:24; 2:7  Eph. 3:10  Rev. 7:12

God’s words are wise:
 Ps.

19:7  Jer. 8:9

Biblical Basis for God’s Wisdom
God’s acts are wise:

Ps. 104:24 Prov. 3:19 Jer. 10:12 Hos. 14:9

God is the source of wisdom:
         

Gen. 41:39 Prov. 2:6 Ecc. 2:26 1 Kings 3:28; 4:29 2 Chron. 2:12 Dan. 2:23 Eph. 1:17 Col. 1:9; 2:3 James 1:5 2 Peter 3:15

God’s Light
Definition of God’s Light: He is spiritual light; He is the Great Illuminator; He is radiant glory, and he is the Giver of light.

Biblical Basis for God’s Light
God is spiritual light:
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Sam. 22:29  Ps. 4:6; 27:1  Isa. 2:5; 10:17; 60:19-20  Mic. 7:8

Biblical Basis for God’s Light
God is the Great Illuminator: Matt. 17:5  John 8:12; cf. 9:5; 12:46  1 Tim. 6:16  2 Pet. 1:19  1 John 1:5, 7  Rev. 21:23; 22:5

Biblical Basis for God’s Light
God is Radiant Glory:
Ex.

God is the giver of Spiritual light:
Ps.

13:21 Isa. 60:1

13:3; 19:8;

27:1 Acts 26:18 2 Cor. 4:4

God’s Wisdom and Light

SUMMARY Wisdom and light are two of God’s nonmoral attributes. Wisdom flows from His omniscience and ominibenevolence. As applied to God, “wisdom” denotes His unerring ability to choose the best means to accomplish the best end. Light refers to God as the Great Illuminator, the Radiant One, the Source of all Illumination and enlightenment. By His wisdom we know where to walk (Ja. 1:5), and by His light we can see the path on which to walk (Ps. 119:105). Geisler, p. 231