God’s Aseity Informative to All of God’s Attributes and a Foundation to God’s Authority
An Opening Thought to the Week
Some call it God’s self-sufficiency and simplicity. I was a little encouraged this morning as I read the first article in the upcoming May edition of Tabletalk Magazine by Ligonier. In it, Dr. James E. Dolezal writes about God’s Aseity. Quoting Owen, he says,
“The attributes of God, which alone seem to be distinct things in the essence of God, are all of them essentially the same with one another, and every one the same with the essence of God itself” (emphasis added). This means that God just is the love by which He loves, the wisdom by which He is wise, the power which He is powerful, and so forth.”
We can continue the so forth, saying that God is the grace which He is gracious, and so forth; this being our subject from yesterday’s sermon on the attribute of God’s grace, related as we observed to God the Holy Spirit.
Dolezal continues by saying,
“And each of these divine virtues is nothing but divinity itself, the very Godness of God.”
Another thing that is quite lasting for me in this article is this statement:
“Because [God] is not composed of parts, He cannot fall apart on us. There just are no parts into which He might fall. It is because He is a se and simple that we can cast ourselves on Him and His Word utterly and unreservedly.”
As I begin this week my task is to study the authority of God in terms of attributes. And I am encouraged as the Aseity and Simplicity and Self-Sufficiency of God is the foundation of his authority. He needs nothing from us and gives everything to us. The apostle speaks like this in Galatians 1:1
Galatians 1:1 ESV “Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead—”
None could make Paul an apostle but God. No man could make Paul an apostle. This Paul spoke with authority from God because God alone gives authority. He did not come up with this. God did. And God sent this Paul to the Gentiles with the Gospel of God (the good news about God)!
Galatians 1:12 ESV “For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.”
I remember years ago dealing with a man who claimed to have God’s authority and used it as an excuse for his immature behavior. Authority from God like freedom doesn’t give one the freedom and authority to live and do as you please, authority from God gives one the freedom and authority to do as God pleases and go where God sends you.
Thus, as I begin this week, and set out on the adventure of study for the sake of His glorious name among His people on this earth, I am a little encouraged that His tending to my finite understanding with his infinite grace continues in amazing ways. He is the first cause of all things, and is caused by no one. Everything we have and are is because of Him. Our existence and joy depend on his aseity and simplicity. All authority to speak and act and live is only derived from him. It extends to every sphere in life, to every place, in heaven, and on earth. Amen.