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Systematic Theology II Geisler, Norman

Week 6, Session 2 Chapters 22 & 23

Sys tem atic The Geis olog ler, Norm y II Vol. an Cha “Go d’s T pter Tw 2 rans enty Imm cend -Tw o ane ence nc e Ove in C pp. r an reat 518 d ion” -535

The Transcendence of God
Literally, transcendence means “to be above” or “beyond.” Theologically, it refers to the fact that God is above and beyond all creation.
~Geisler, P. 518

Biblical Basis for Transcendence
 Gen. 1:1  1 Kings 8:27  Job 11:7-8  Ps. 57:5; 97:9  Isa. 6:1; 55:8-9; 57:15; 66:1-2  Eph. 4:6  Col. 1:17

The Immanence of God
The literal meaning of immanence is “to be within” or “near.” God’s immanence means that He is within or present to the entire universe. Immanence is closely associated with god’s omnipresence, though there is a distinction between them. By His omnipresence God is present to all of His creation, but by His immanence He is within it. ~Geisler, p. 527

Bibiblical Basis for Immanence
 Ps. 139:7-10  Jer. 23:23-24  Acts 17:27-28  Rom. 1:19  Col. 1:17  Heb. 4:13  Rev. 4:11

Systematic Theology II Geisler, Norman

Chapter Twenty-Three “God’s Sovereignty Over Creation” pp. 536-561

God’s Sovereignty
Sovereignty includes both God’s right to control all, as well as His actual sovereign dominion over all things. Theologically, sovereignty refers to God’s complete control of all things. As the Westminster Confession of Faith affirms, “God from all eternity, did by the most wise and holy counsel of His own will, freely, and unchangeably ordain whatever comes to pass.” ~ Geisler, p. 536

The Biblical Basis for God’s Sovereignty
Be familiar with the biblical basis which Geisler provides for God’s Sovereignty, pp. 536-543.