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Attributes of God Part 6
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 dependant upon something or someone else for its existence. God is dependant upon nothing and no one. He is the uncaused cause of all things. He always has been 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 to derive His existence from.
We sometimes hear that God created all that there is because He was lonely. That is totally unbiblical. God is perfectly capable of living and sustaining Himself in total isolation 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).
I. The Bible and God's Self-Existence
Like others that we've looked at, self-existence is a very well documented attribute 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. Evern 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).
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.
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.
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 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.
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. He chose to love us, though there wasn't anything particularly lovely about us. Quite the opposite. We were very unlovely. Man 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. What a mighty God we serve!