Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Charnock On The Eternality of God

"God is eternal. The Spirit of God in Scripture condescends to our capacities in signifying the eternity of God by days and years which are terms belonging to time, whereby we measure it (Ps. cii.27). But we must no more conceive that God is bounded or measured by time, and hath succession of days, because of those expressions that we can conclude him to have a body, because members are ascribed to him in Scripture, to help our conceptions of his glorious nature and operations. Though years are ascribed to him, yet they are such as cannot be numbered, cannot be finished, since there is no proportion between the duration of God, and the years of men...The number of the drops of rain which have fallen in all parts of the earth since the creation of the world, if subtracted from the number of the years of God, would be found a small quantity, a mere nothing, to the years of God."
Stephen Charnock, The Existence and Attributes of God, 286 (Emphasis mine).

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