We live in a world of boundaries. A fish cannot live beyond the bounds of water. He can survive only when he have enough oxygen and within a narrow range of temperature. Man works hard to extend his boundaries but he remains a creature limited by space and time. All creation had a time when it began and its existence is measured by time. All creation fits within a particular space. All creation is finite.
Our heavenly Father is not limited by boundaries. The boundaries of time and space that make creation finite do not apply to God. Time and space were created by God to be the boundaries of His creative handiwork. God alone is infinite. He alone is without bounds or limit.
The Word of God found in II Peter 3:8 expresses the truth that God is not bound by time. In that passage this earthly realm is compared to the heavenly and we read “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” God is beyond the realm of time. Time does not apply to God in any way.
Sometimes we may think of God as existing for a length of time, that is, without beginning or end. When the psalmist expresses God’s infinity in terms of time, he says, “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God” (Psalm 90:2). And again, “But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end” (Psalm 102:27). Because we are creatures of time, God reveals His infinity in terms of time. Even so we must keep in mind that II Peter 3:8 reveals to us that He is exalted above time. God also reveals that He is not limited by space. After King Solomon built the glorious house of God, he confessed that such a building, no matter how glorious, could in no way enclose God. God did not put all of His Being inside the temple so that He could not be found in any other place. We read Solomon’s words in I Kings 8:27: “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?” Not even the entire universe can contain God. As God is exalted above and beyond time, so God is exalted above space. Again we are limited by our earthly minds. We say that He is omnipresent, and by this we often think of God filling every part of the universe. But He, through His servant Solomon, reveals in I Kings 8:27 that He goes far beyond the universe. Nothing can contain Him. We must again remember that space is a creature of God that serves the created realm.
How then can we who are limited by time and space and unable even to comprehend anything beyond time and space know God as our Father? We can’t do this by ourselves, but in Christ we do know God as our Father. By faith we know that the infinite God became united with the finite creature in Christ. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). The work of the incarnation is and can only be the work of the sovereign and infinite God. We cannot fathom the wonder of God’s attributes and neither can we fathom the wonder of God’s works. Yet God reveals this work to us, and He works faith within our hearts to know this work as the work of our heavenly Father.
In Christ we see the infinite nature of God expressed in His other attributes such as love, mercy, grace, holiness, etc. The holy and infinitely exalted God came to the wicked loathsome creatures we are by nature through the Fall. He came in love and tender mercy. He gave His only begotten Son to atone for our sins. When we know these fundamental truths of God’s work of salvation, then we see boundless love and mercy. Then we see and experience something of the infinite God as our Father. In the risen and exalted Christ we get a glimpse of life beyond the realm of this earthly life. In Christ we find a door that breaks through the boundaries of time and space and we are given a glimpse of God’s glory. In Christ we know the infinite God as our Father. He has adopted us to be His children so that by the wonder work of salvation we can enter into covenant fellowship with Him forever.
Whenever we walk into the realm of God’s revelation, we walk in a beautiful garden of mysteries. By faith our eyes are opened to see the grace and glory of God. While living by faith on this earth we have only a glimpse and a certain hope of life with our Father. “But as it is written, ye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him,” I Corinthians 2:9. The child of God does not ignore a study of the attributes of God thinking they are beyond comprehension anyway, but rather he loves to ponder the wonders of God and studies what God has revealed. After all, knowing God is life eternal. “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3).