Omnipresence, election and incarnation (pt. 1)

This week we looked at the story of David and Goliath. This story is a story of courage, a story of God with his people. It’s a story that raises questions, questions of justice, questions about the nature of God.

As David and Goliath circle each other, exchanging taunts, David cries out: “the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.” What does it mean to claim that there is a God in Israel? What does it mean to claim that God is with his people? What does it mean to claim that God is with us?

Christians have long talked about God’s omnipresence. God is fully present in all places at all times. There’s no place to hide from him, no place where he can’t find you. This thought is comforting, frightening, and believable. If God is spirit and is not like us, why can’t he be everywhere?

But if God is everywhere and is fully everywhere, then we have a problem. The incarnation of God in Jesus presents us with Emmanuel, God with us. The doctrine of election (across the theological spectrum) seems to indicate that God has a special people (Israel, the church). If God is everywhere, isn’t he with everyone? If God’s presence is promised to the elect and he is all-present, isn’t everyone elect?

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