A Little Time With The 1689: Day 38


Day 38

Of God and of the Holy Trinity

Chapter 2, Paragraph 2.

“God, having all life,…”

Scripture Lookup

John 5:26.


What does it mean that God has all life in and of himself?

God exists. He has always existed, and therefore has always lived. There is nothing that can be done to change that. Men may dismiss God as an idea, a construct that can be dismantled, but the Bible declares otherwise. Remember the name of God given to Moses? The great “I AM” cannot be thwarted or blotted out! It is absurdity to think so, as the psalm correctly states “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.'” (Psalm 14:1)

God is the source of life, and is not dependent on anything for life. John  Calvin states: ”

God is said to have life in himself, not only because he alone lives by his own inherent power, but because, containing in himself the fullness of life, he communicates life to all things. And this, indeed, belongs peculiarly to God, as it is said, With thee is the fountain of life, (Psalms 36:9.)

This is the God who breathed life into Adam and formed Eve. This is the God who declares in Deuteronomy 32:39,  “It is I who put to death and give life.” This is the God in whom we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). This is the God who gives eternal life to repentant sinners: “In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.” (John 1:4) God can give life abundantly because He has all life in and of himself, an inexhaustible supply.

“I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly.” -John 10:10

Let us run to Him, stopping our ears to the call of the world like Pilgrim in Pilgrim’s Progress and run toward Him who has all life: “Life! Life! Eternal life!”

Questions to Consider

  • Do you ever act like life depends upon you, rather than God?

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