Who Made God?
Our Self-Existent God
God made everything. That is what Scripture teaches. But who made God? The answer to that is simple, but at the same time, complicated to explain. The truth is that no one made God. He is self-existent. This attribute is closely related to the facts that He is eternal and self-sustaining. It is interesting that everything that we know of is dependent upon something or someone else for its existence. God is dependent upon nothing and no one.
Theologian Gregg Strawbridge gave a good illustration of this fact by talking about a scene from an old movie. It was a Star Trek movie that came out in 1989 entitled The Final Frontier. In this film, a Vulcan guru had successfully taken over the Star Ship Enterprise and convinced many of the crew that he could find God. Finally, they succeeded in crossing the "barrier" and getting to the planet in which God resides. After talking with him for a while God finds out that Captain Kirk and the gang reached him by a Starship. God inquires about the ship and asks if he can take his wisdom beyond the barrier with it.
Captain Kirk, ever the skeptic asks God: "What does God need with a Starship?" This angers the so-called god and he zaps Kirk with a ray from his eyes. After more questions and more zapping, Mr. Spock concludes that this imposter is not god at all.
The truth is that Captain Kirk was right. Or at least he was right if we are talking about the God of the Bible. If God needs us or any of our inventions, then he is not truly God. In this case, he was just some powerful cosmic bully that had more might than the humans to whom he was talking. However, our God is so much greater than this.
The Lord our God is totally self-sufficient. He is the uncaused cause of all things. He always has been in existence and always will be. This is sometimes referred to as "aseity". This noun literally means "from oneself". God derives His existence from Himself because there is no other being from which to derive His existence.
I. The Bible Teaching on God's Self-Existence
Scripture has much to say about the self-existence of God. We sometimes hear that God created all that there are because He was lonely. That is an unbiblical concept. God is perfectly capable of living and sustaining Himself in total isolation from anyone else but Himself if He so chooses. His self-existence is seen clearly in His name Yahweh. He is the one who is the "I Am that I Am." (Exodus 3:14). He existed before time and this universe began. And He was totally happy in that state of existence.
Our God has never needed anyone for life or companionship He is an eternal Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three persons have forever existed in fellowship and harmony together. In Jesus' high priestly prayer on behalf of his disciples in John 17 he asked the Father this:
"Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, that they may see the glory You gave Me because You loved Me before the foundation of the world" (17:24).
One of the many names that Jesus gives to Himself that shows that He is God and also that He is eternal and self-existent is the phrase "I the Alpha and the Omega". These Greek letters Alpha and Omega are the first and the last letters of the Greek alphabet and show that Jesus is the beginning and the end of all things. He always was, always is and always will be. Nothing came before Him and nothing exists without Him (Revelation 1:8, 21:6, and 22:13).
And we see from Genesis 1 at the creation of the world, that the Spirit of God was there in that harmonious, loving relationship as well and was active in the creation process. Genesis 1:1,2 tells us:
"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters."
We truly have a God who needs nothing and needs no one. He is complete in Himself.
Like the other of God's attributes, self-existence is a very well documented trait of the Lord in Scripture. In Psalm 90:2 the psalmist boldly declares that:
"Before the mountains were born or You gave birth to the earth and the world. Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God."
Paul, in witnessing to the Athenians about the one true God, said this:
"Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription: 'To An Unknown God'. Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands, nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each of us......" (Act 17:22b-27).
Jesus says plainly in John 5:26 that God has life in Himself. Once again, there is no other outside source from which He could ever derive life. Going back to Isaiah 40 we see the great prophet asking these rhetorical questions:
"Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or as His counselor has informed Him? With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding? Who taught Him in the path of justice and taught knowledge and informed Him of the way of understanding?" (13-14).
The obvious answer to all of these questions is "Nobody". Isaiah then goes on to tell us:
"All the nations are as nothing before Him. They are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless. (40:17).
In another verse in Isaiah, we hear these words:
"Turn to me and be saved all the ends of the earth. For I am God and there is no other" (45:22).
In Psalm 102:25-27 it tells us that:
"Of old, You founded the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. "Even they will perish, but You endure, And all of them will wear out like a garment; Like clothing, You will change them and they will be changed. "But You are the same, And Your years will not come to an end.
It is from these and other verses like them that we see that our God is beyond any need for any other being for His existence. He truly needs nothing. There is no one greater.
But what does that mean to us in a practical sense? Why does it matter? Much in every way!
II. What His Self-Existence Means to Us
God's self-existence means that He always was, always is and always will be. Just as He never came into existence, He will never go out of existence. Our creator will always be there to give us life, to guide and sustain us and to keep His promises to us. Unlike everyone that we know on this earth, we can trust him to be there our whole lives and beyond. He will not die or cease to exist. We have an eternal Lord and friend.
And He is not a needy Being that we have to serve in order to keep Him going. He doesn't need food, air, water or anything else that limits us and much of His creation. We serve a self-sufficient Deity who is more than capable of providing for our needs, both now and into eternity future.
Finally, if God is the only self-existent being, then ultimately everything else owes its existence to Him and therefore He is the one who deserves our allegiance and our worship. To give it to anyone or anything else is to give it to someone or something that really doesn't deserve it.
A story from the Magazine Today in the Word which was published in 1989 gave the illustration of King Louis XIV of France who called himself "the Great." He also made famous the statement: "I am the state!" And his court was the most magnificent in Europe at the time.
In 1715, King Louis died and of course, he was given a lavish funeral. As his body lay in state there were orders given that the cathedral that he was in be dim with only a single candle lit just above his coffin to illustrate his greatness.
On the day of the king's funeral, everyone waited in hushed silence for the proceedings to begin. As Bishop Massilon started to speak, he reached down and snuffed out the candle, exclaiming: "Only God is great!"
Bishop Massilon was absolutely correct. Only our God is great. Most of us have a view of God that is far too small. We tend to place Him in our own little boxes and think we have Him all figured out. This is an anemic deity that isn't the God of the Bible. The God who created us is so vast, so far beyond us, that nothing can fully explain Him. He is the only self-sufficient being that has ever existed.
And yet that same Being has chosen to have a relationship with us who are totally dependent creatures. He chose to love us, though there wasn't anything particularly lovely about us. Quite the opposite. We were very unlovely. Mankind was in total rebellion against this God of the universe, who could have merely squashed us like a bug, had He so chosen.
An understanding of God's self-existence should cause us to be totally in awe of Him. And it should give us the confidence that He is capable of doing far more than we can ever ask or imagine. When we say that we are in a relationship with the self-existent God, it should make us realize that we are truly in the presence of greatness.
If you don't know this awesome self-existent God, please realize that, although He doesn't need you, nonetheless He desires to have an eternal relationship with you and wanted this so badly that He gave His one and only Son to die for your sins. And the Lord pleads with you today to be reconciled to Him through faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and His power to give you eternal life.
Nothing in this world is greater than to know this magnificent self-existent God today. We truly need Him to be the Savior and Lord of our lives. Great and eternal is the God that we serve! Let us all give Him the honor and glory that He deserves!!
© 2012 Jeff Shirley