God’s Omnipresence

Knowing God is life eternal. It is also the great difference between a life of holiness and a life of sin, between a life filled with spiritual peace and a life like the troubled waves of the sea that cannot rest (Isa. 57:20–21).

An important part of the life-giving knowledge of God is the knowledge of his omnipresence. As the omnipresent one, God transcends all limitations of place and space. Distance and place have no meaning for him. He is everywhere, the God who fills all things and yet is not contained by them. He speaks of this in Jeremiah 23:23–24: “Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.”

What a truth for our lives! What could have greater power for holiness, humility, and godly fear than the knowledge that God is present wherever we go and whatever we do?

Many think that they can hide their wicked deeds. And indeed they do hide them from other men behind closed doors, under darkness, and by secrecy. But God knows what they do. He is there even as they do their wickedness: “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good” (Prov. 15:3).

How foolish, then, for anyone to think he has escaped detection in sin because there were no witnesses. How foolish we are when, like Israel at Mt. Sinai, we sin in the very presence of God. He is always present, a witness to every deed, word, and thought. He is the omnipresent Judge.

Yet it is a comfort, too—for those who repent and believe—to know that God is everywhere. He is present for them in a very special sense. He is nigh unto those who are of a broken heart and a contrite spirit, to those who call upon him in truth (Ps. 34:18; Ps. 145:18). He is present as their Father and Savior. He hears their cries, sees their broken hearts, and heals and saves them.

God is near his people, too, in their trials and temptations: “In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old” (Isa. 63:9). It is no different today.

In Christ, God is near to his people. Christ is Immanuel, God with us, a saving revelation of God’s omnipresence. In Christ and through him, God is forever with us as our God, Savior, and Father.

Are you aware of God’s omnipresence? Does the knowledge of his presence turn you from sin and produce in you sanctification of heart and life? Do you say, “No matter where my way leads, ‘even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me’” (Ps. 139:10)?

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This excerpt was taken from 'Part 1: God and His Word' in Doctrine according to Godliness.

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The Church and Her Creeds

There is an essay by a well-known British author of this century entitled "Creed or Chaos?"² In the essay the author defends the use of creeds in the church, and the title of the essay very aptly describes the urgency of maintaining and defending our creeds. The only alternative is ecclesiastical chaos. History has proved that, especially in the last century. The church has moved off her creedal foundation, has separated herself from the church of the past and from the word of God, and is no longer protected from the chaos that the floods and winds of doctrinal change, spiritual ignorance, and worldliness bring. 

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MP3 of Radio Interview with Prof. Cammenga on 'Saved by Grace'

On Tuesday, February 5, 2019, Prof. Ronald Cammenga had a radio interview with Chris  Arnzen, the national, religious radio host of Iron Sharpens Iron, on his book, Saved by Grace: A Study of the Five Points of Calvinism.

If you did not have an opportunity to listen to Prof. Cammenga's interview on Iron Sharpens Iron, you can do so now by clicking the link below. 

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The Pastoral Character of the Canons

There are, undoubtedly, many reasons why wholesale departure from scripture truth is so characteristic of Reformed churches today, but not least among those reasons is the fact that churches and denominations often forget that they are part of the church of all ages, and that, also with regard to doctrine, they stand in organic connection with the church of the past. If the church is faithful to the truth then she is built on the foundation of apostolic doctrine and prophetic teaching, and by the grace of God that doctrine and that teaching is an inheritance received from the faithful church of years past. It is not only to her disgrace but to her own ruin that the church forgets this. 

For Reformed churches, perhaps more than any others, this heritage of truth is to be found in their creeds. Those creeds or confessions are the fruit of hard study, careful interpretation, and life-long defense of the word of God by those who have gone before, and it is through faithful use of those creeds that we as Reformed Christians “come into” our inheritance. The trouble is that Reformed churches today, almost without exception, are churches without a heritage, not because they have discarded their creeds but because they have neglected them. The creeds are useful and profitable only in so far as they are used in the preaching, the teaching, and in all the work of the church. Through neglect of her creeds, a church cuts herself off from the organism of the church and lays herself open to the withering influence of false teaching and worldliness. 

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TODAY! Iron Sharpens Iron Radio Interview with Prof. Cammenga - Saved by Grace

TODAY from 4-6pm EST,  Prof. Cammenga will be interviewed by Chris Arnzen on his radio program Iron Sharpens Iron.

The subject will be the book, Saved by Grace: A Study of the Five Points of Calvinism, that he co-authored with Rev. Ron Hanko. 

Visit www.ironsharpensironradio.com and click on the livestream box to tune in and listen from any device. The program can also be listened to by phone at (563)999-9206; press #3 for Christian Radio when prompted.

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Iron Sharpens Iron Radio Interview with Prof. Cammenga - Saved by Grace

NEXT WEEK Tuesday, February 5, Prof. Cammenga will be interviewed by Chris Arnzen on his radio program Iron Sharpens Iron from 4:00-6:00 pm EST. 

The subject will be the book, Saved by Grace: A Study of the Five Points of Calvinism, that he co-authored with Rev. Ron Hanko. 

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The Importance of Doctrine

Doctrine is not highly regarded anymore. In many evangelical churches there is such ignorance of doctrine that even the fundamentals of Christianity are not well understood. Even in churches that remain faithful in their teaching and preaching, there is often little interest in learning and understanding doctrine. The youth are, for the most part, bored by it, and their elders are content with a superficial knowledge of the doctrines of the Reformed faith.

Very often the symptom of this lack of doctrine is a constant agitation for more “practical” preaching and teaching along with a greater emphasis on liturgy and on the other parts of the worship service until the sermon is all but squeezed out. On the part of the preachers themselves, one finds less and less biblical exposition and more and more illustration, storytelling, and entertainment.

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The Coming of Zion's Redeemer

 
The Coming of Zion's Redeemer is written by returning author Ronald Hanko on the prophecies of Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.
These prophecies, though not always easy to understand, are as much needed today as when they were written. Written for those living at the end of the Old Testament and looking forward to the first coming of Christ, they speak with authority and promise to those who are looking forward to the second coming of Christ and who live near the end of this present age. Very different in style, they have a unity of theme and purpose in Christ, the great king, priest, and prophet of his people.

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