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Recently I’ve been doing a lot of praying about the allness of God. Omni, meaning all, I did a Bible search and discovered there was only one reference to Omni in the Bible. “And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” (Revelation 19:6) That refers to the all-power of God. Now I’m going to add God’s omnipresence, omniaction, and omniscience, which is God’s (all-knowing) aspect. Power, presence, knowing, and action. The allness of presence, knowing, and action are also mentioned in the Bible but not with the Omni prefix.
A little history here to get us started. The Bible begins with God creating man spiritually in Gen. 1. Then the Lord God created man materially in Gen. 2, where he eats of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and is exiled from the Garden of Eden. And the story ended in Rev.19 with God giving man the rights to the tree of life and welcomed him back into the Garden of Eden. He has gone full circle. The tree of life was ours from the start. Still, before we can re-enter the Garden, we need to find our way back to Genesis 1 at a point before Adam and Eve ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion. (Genesis 1:26 (to dominion)) There are many ways to think about these terms us and our, but in this context, I like to think of them as God being both Father and Mother, both protector and nourisher of His creation. All the male and female characteristics in one. There is only ONE God.
Take note here that in Gen. 1, God created the spiritual creation, all of it, complete, total, entire. Then along came the LORD God in Gen. 2. The LORD God (Jehovah, the Jewish conception of God) created the material creation and man from the dust of the ground. “Jehovah declared the ground was accursed; and from this ground, or matter, sprang Adam, notwithstanding God had blessed the earth “for man’s sake.” S & H 338:27-29. A change took place in who was doing the creating. “And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the Garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” (Genesis 2:9) It seems that man was given a choice, he could either take the spiritual road to life or the material road to life.
After Adam and Eve made their choice and ate from the tree of good and evil, “And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the Garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the Garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” Note that the story shifts from Adam and Eve to the generic term man, meaning all humankind. (Genesis 3:22–24)
Also, remember that God knows only good in Gen. 1, but the Lord God knows good and evil in Gen 2. That shows the difference between spiritual and material creations.
Well, life goes on throughout the Bible with all humanity’s woes and hardships until the New Testament, where Jesus tells a different story. Then in Revelations, “Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” (Revelation 19:6), “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” (Revelation 22:12–14)
Now back to the allness of God and how we get back to the tree of life. Not long ago, I did a podcast/blog titled “Discovering our Spirituality,” which used omniscience (all-knowing) as the key to that discovery. Here I’m going to focus more on the other three—power, Presence, and Action.
I’m going to talk about God’s all-presence here. If God is infinite, of course, He’s all present. But that only covers location; there is much more to His presence than where He is. Infinite covers more than space; it also covers time, past, present, and future. He is present all the time. If we live, move, and have our being IN God, we can never be out of his presence or separated from Him.
Since God is good and all that He created is good, as stated in Gen. 1, we can never be separated from good in time, space, or any situation. I know it doesn’t seem like it from a mortal POV, but let’s think of ourselves as spiritual and view life from a divine POV. The more we understand our identity as God’s child, the more it manifests in our human experience, here and now.
When I first discovered God and knew he was my creator, the authority in my life, and I was His reflection, I felt His omnipresence. As I accepted, I was His image; I felt safe while making the changes in my life. I knew that no matter what was happening in my life here, from the mortal POV, as His spiritual child, I could never be outside His presence or protection. I also discovered that there is always a silver lining, that progress often comes from my mistakes, and I then move forward with a correct view of life. I knew with God present in my life; I could not fail.
Now to God’s Omnipotence, this is a big one. We humans often consider another power called evil, but it has no power in and of itself; it requires us to manifest its evil deeds. If we do not accept its evil suggestion, it has no power.
We live in God’s power, and He gave us dominion over His creation in Gen. 1. Dominion is another word for power. We have His power through reflection. Change for good is not up to us. We need to own our power; He manifests His power here through us as His reflection. He is the only power, and He gave us dominion. We do not need to struggle to be who we are. Just as the sunlight reflects the sun, it has no choice; it just is. We are God’s reflection; that’s who we are; it’s not a choice. No matter what is happening here from the mortal POV, God’s spiritual creation never changes. It is always reflecting God’s perfection.
In my life, this is how omnipotence manifested. I felt comforted by the power of God, and I knew He forgave my sins and protected me. My growing understanding gave me the strength to overcome anger, abuse, fear, hatred, and anxiety, and I learned to express compassion, kindness, tenderness, affection, and more. I knew the mortal POV could not delude me into believing I had no power to change my life. Power is mine by reflection. I have the power to do whatever I need to do or think when I need to do it or think it.
Now to Omniaction. That is not one I thought about much but discovered is as important as the others. Remember this, we live and move and have our being IN God. Why didn’t Paul just put live and have our being in God if move had no importance? Because all harmonious action belongs to God, we can expect it to be Good. Expectation is essential to result. If we don’t expect something to happen, it probably won’t.
Action does not depend on the body or its parts. All action starts in Mind and reflects God, good. If we feel pushed or pulled towards something, beware. It is likely a wrong suggestion trying to get our attention as God does not push or pull; He leads and directs us. We need to be wise before we take action.
As I was going through my transition, I had to adjust many actions I took in the past to align myself with God’s actions. What would He do? First, I realized He loved me and was there for me, I am His child. He assists and encourages me in my endeavors to find my way. He stirred in me a desire to make my life better, to move towards a grander view. God/Mind is active, always awakening in me my spiritual identity. I am now an activist for God.
Look at all the action words I just used. Push, pull, leads, directs, going, adjust, align, assists, encourages, endeavors, stirred, towards, awakening, activist. In the past, I had not thought of many of these words as action words, but they are. Anything that moves us to think or make a physical movement is an action word. Always remember, we live and MOVE and have our being IN God.
All the Omni’s are interconnected. The power of God is always present and active. 😊 It is not limited by time or space. And also, remember that “all things are possible to God,” and us as His reflection.
Understanding the allness of God and how it works in our lives leads us back to the Garden of Eden before that awful apple event. 😊 But, keep in mind that God’s spiritual creation was untouched by that unfortunate choice. It continued in its perfection, waiting for us to find our way back to the tree of life, and live forever in God’s beloved spiritual creation.