Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The Solitariness of God

Lately I've been reading a book by Arthur W. Pink entitled The Attributes of God (Baker Books, 1975). Though I differ with him on a few things--and at times with the tone he takes against theological opponents--I have thoroughly benefited from the book so far. Thus, over the next few weeks I plan to post some thoughts about each of the chapters of his book, the first of which probes into the solitariness of God.

By "solitariness" Pink means that God is fully self-sufficient in his being and excellencies. "There was a time, if 'time' it could be called, when God, in the unity of His nature (though subsisting equally in three Divine Persons), dwelt all alone. 'In the beginning, God' [Gen. 1:1]. There was no heaven where his glory is now particularly manifested. There was no earth to engage his attention. There were no angels to hymn his praises; no universe to be upheld by the word of his power. There was nothing, no one, but God; and that not for a day, a year, or an age, but 'from everlasting.' During a past eternity God was alone; self-contained, self-sufficient; self-satisfied; in need of nothing. Had a universe, had angels, had human beings been necessary to him in any way, they also had been called into existence from all eternity. The creating of them when he did, added nothing to God essentially. He changes not (Mal. 3:6), therefore his essential glory can be neither augmented nor diminished" (10).

There are great treasures hidden here. The nature of the being of God, especially his eternality and self-sufficiency and character, is the key to understanding every aspect of life and theology. Thus, I would encourage you to spend a little time in the near future contemplating the 'solitariness of God' and the implications of it. The rest of the book, and my brief meditations, are simply the outworking of a precious few details--but the source of them all is the nature of the being of God so we would be wise to spend much of our time there. Time spent exploring the being of God is never time wasted.

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