Tozer Devotional

Wed, January 17, 2018

God: Transcendent and Immanent

"Heir of all things." What does that phrase really include? It includes angels, seraphim, cherubim, ransomed men and women of all ages, matter, mind, law, spirit, value, meaning. It includes life and events on the varied levels of being. It includes all of these and more — and God's great interest embraces them all!

Are you beginning to gain a new appreciation of God's great universal purpose? I am not simply assuming the role of philosopher. The purpose of God is to bring together—to acquaint all rational beings with all other segments within His complex creation. I repeat that I believe in the essential unity of all God's creation. Thus, I believe a day is coming when each part of God's creation will recognize its own essential oneness with very other part. Toward that day the whole creation is moving.

When I wrote about this concept in an editorial in Alliance Life, a reader hastened to accuse me of being pantheistic. I am not pantheistic. And the essential unity of God's creation is not pantheism. Pantheism teaches that God is all things and that all things are God. According to pantheism, if you want to know what God is you must come to know all things. Then, if you could put all things in your arms, you would have God. Pantheism is ridiculous—claiming and teaching that all things are God.

God is immanent in His universe. That I believe. But beyond that, He is transcendent above His universe and infinitely separated from it, for He is the Creator God.

Verse

. . . one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:6

Thought

God is transcendent, that is, far above and independent of His creation. He is also immanent — very much involved in that creation. He is over all, through all and in all. What a mighty God we serve!

Prayer

Your transcendence and immanence join together in the consummation of Your creative purpose. You, O Lord, will bring together all elements of Your creation. Hallelujah!

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A. W. Tozer, a modern day prophet, was a key figure in The Christian and Missionary Alliance. His legacy reaches through time and has impacted countless millions. A prolific author and pastor, Tozer was known for his emphasis on the deeper life movement. His message, informed as it was by A.B. Simpson the founder of The Alliance, brought the missionary call to a massive audience. A series of his sermons are available as audio files.

bookHis books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the Jesus, Our Man in Glory Chapter 3 - Jesus, Heir of All Things

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