Our tendency can be to describe God in ways that are more like ourselves, as if he is just a bigger, better version of us. The God of the Bible is altogether different than us. He is eternal, infinite, timeless, perfect, unchanging and self-existent. Matthew Barrett joins Gary Wilkerson to discuss how the incomprehensibility of God helps maintain the distinction between Creator and creature.
Our tendency can be to domesticate God and describe him in ways that are more like a bigger, better version of ourselves when God is actually altogether different from us.
God is eternal, infinite, timeless, perfect, unchanging, and self-existent.
We must be careful to avoid extremes of thinking that say either God is completely unknowable or completely knowable.
God is incomprehensible, yet knowable. Our finite minds cannot comprehend all of God, but in his compassion, God chooses to reveal himself to us in ways we can understand.
1 Timothy 6:15-16; Deuteronomy 4:15; Exodus 33:18-23; Hebrews 13:8; 1 Corinthians 2:10; 1 John 5:20
Matthew Barrett is Associate Professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as the founder and executive editor of Credo Magazine. He is the author of several books, including None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God; God's Word Alone; Canon, Covenant and Christology; 40 Questions About Salvation; Salvation by Grace; Owen on the Christian Life; Reformation Theology; and The Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls. He is the series editor of The 5 Solas Series with Zondervan. He is also the host of the Credo Podcast where he talks theology with the best theologians today about the most important doctrines of the Christian faith.
Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.