Tonight I begin preaching a series based on the book called Attributes of God: Journey Into the Father’s Heart by A.W. Tozer, and my first sermon will cover some (impossible to cover “all”) of God’s Infinitude. God’s infinity is impossible to comprehend with our finite minds, but that should not discourage the believer from studying this attribute of Infinitude.
Once we really believe that all we need and desire is found in God alone, the significance of God’s infinitude is overwhelming.
This “overwhelming” we experience, marks the beginning of the hidden life discussed in Colossians 3:1-3
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (ESV)
Tozer goes on to explain that Christianity is not an end in and of itself; rather, Christianity is a gateway or portal to begin the infinite relationship God desires with you. A genuine relationship with God is without title or prestige, it has no end once it begins.
Probably the one of the most impacting thoughts Tozer brings in the first chapter is that Americans and the world of Chistianity has a tendency to create a god that fits our finite mind and desires, versus emptying ourselves to study and experience a God who is perfect, truly perfect. Not only is God infinite in terms of the infinitude itself, but all his other attributes: love, justice, mercy, knowledge, etc… are infinite too!
If God is love, but hates a little, then this is not the God of Abraham. If God is just, than He is infinitely just!
We often use terms like “God is good” or “God is love” so loosely, but our personal theology lies in the wastes of hypocrisy because our lives display that our theology contradicts these Christianese statements. Tozer talks about how we speak phrases that include the words boundless, limitless, eternal, unending when we describe elements of creation. Our use of putting God’s characteristics on His creation has desensitized us from the fear of God.
When we lack the fear of God, we are praying, worshiping, and serving a little god! When we fear admitting God’s infinitude in all that He is, we lack the fear of God.