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“          hen God is our Holy Father,   and is able to declare them in advance:
                 sov ereignty, holiness,      “I am God, and there is none like me,
        Womniscience, and immutability        declaring the end from the beginning
        do not terrify us; they leave us full of awe   and from ancient times things not yet
        and gratitude.” (Ravi Zacharias)      done” (Isa 46:9-10). God knows even the
          One of God’s personal attributes is   words we will speak before we open our
        omniscience. The word “omniscience”   mouths:  “Even before a word is on my
        comes from the Latin words meaning    tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it
        “all knowledge.” What does the Bible   altogether” (Psa 139:4).
        mean when it describes God as being     God not only knows the present and
        omniscient or “all knowing”? Are there   the future but He knows what would
        any limits to God’s knowledge? What are   happen under any potential circumstance.
        the implications of God’s omniscience for   Sometimes referred to as God’s “middle
        us? Should it inspire fear or comfort?  knowledge,” this is His knowledge of
                                              what would occur if certain events were
        The Nature of God’s                   to happen. For example, God disclosed
        Omniscience                           to David what actions the men of Keilah
          God knows everything that exists or   and Saul would take if David remained
        occurs within the universe. In the words of   in Keilah (1Sa 23). This knowledge
        Job, “he looks to the ends of the earth and   enabled David to make the decision to
        sees everything under the heavens” (Job   leave. Similarly, Jesus was able to state
        28:24).  There is no place or object or   unequivocally that “if the mighty works
        event which is outside the knowledge   done in you [Chorazin and Bethsaida] had
        of God: “The eyes of the LORD are in   been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would
        every place” (Pro 15:3). “He determines   have repented long ago in sackcloth
        the number of the stars; he gives to all   and ashes” (Mat 11:21). This means that
        of them their names” (Psa 147:4). No   God’s omniscience extends beyond what
        event is too insignificant nor is any object   will happen (His foreknowledge) to a
        too trivial that God doesn’t notice. The   knowledge of all conceivable potential
        Lord Jesus said, “Are not two sparrows   events in a world where He has given
        sold for a penny? And not one of them   man free will.
        will fall to the ground apart from your   Furthermore, God’s omniscience
        Father. But even the hairs of your head   extends  into  the  very  soul  of  every
        are all numbered” (Mat 10:29-30). God’s   being. God knows the thoughts, desires,
        knowledge is infinite.                intentions and motivations of every
          Not only is God aware of all things that   individual. As David said to Solomon, “the
        exist presently, God knows everything   LORD searches all hearts and understands
        that will occur in the future. This is   every plan and thought” (1Ch 28:9). God
        called God’s foreknowledge. God knows   Himself stated, “I the LORD search the
        with certainty the events of the future   heart and test the mind” (Jer 17:10). God’s
        ¹ All Scripture references in this article are from the   omniscience extends to the very core of
        ESV.                                  who we are as individuals. “No creature

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