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Friday, March 27, 2015

The Uncreated One

"O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches." (Psalm 104:24)

You may find this hard to believe, but God is just as far above an archangel as he is above the caterpillar. You know what a caterpillar is - it's a little worm the size of your finger, with a fur coat. And of course, it's not a very high thing. It's never been out in society. It doesn't amount to much - its' jut a worm. And you have to watch it very carefully to know whether it's traveling west or east, because it looks the same all the way around. That's a caterpillar.

An archangel, on the other hand, is that holy creature that we see beside the sea of God, in the presence of God's throne. That mighty creature is a little higher than the angels, just as man was made for a time a little lower. That being can look upon the face of God with unveiled countenance. This is the archangel. It never was in sin, and no on knows how vast it might be. And yet God is just as far above that archangel as He is above the caterpillar.

Why? Because both the archangel and the caterpillar are creatures. And God is the uncreated One who had no beginning, the self-existent One who was never created, but who was simply God, who made all things.

Lord, how awesome it is that You are infinitely far above me and yet You love me! I worship You majesty and rest in Your love. Amen


God Has No Origin

"Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands." (Psalm 102:25)

God is self-existent selfhood. Novation, the church father, said, "God has no origin." Just those four words, "God has no origin," would be an education to the average person. Origin, you see, is a creature word. Everything came from somewhere. One of the questions that every child asks is, "Where did I come from?"

Everything has an origin. When you hear a bird sing, you know that once that bird was packed in a tiny little egg. It came from somewhere; it came from an egg. Where did the egg come from? It came from another little bird. And that bird came from another little egg, and that egg came from another bird, and so on, back, back, back to the heart of God, when God said, "Let the heavens bring forth, let the earth bring forth, let the dry land appear," as it says in Genesis 1.

Origin is a creature word. The trees had an origin, space had an origin, the mountains, the seas - all things have an origin. But when you come back to God, you come back to the One who has no origin. He is the Cause of all things, the uncaused Cause.

I worship You today, Lord, as the great Creator, the uncaused Cause behind my very existence. Amen

~A. W. Tozer~

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