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Transcendence- what is it? How is God transcendent?

By Elizabeth Prata

Transcendence of God

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9, NIV)

The transcendence of God is closely related to his sovereignty. It means that God is above, other than, and distinct from all he has made – he transcends it all. Paul says that there is “one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all (Ephesians 4:6). Scripture says elsewhere, “For you, O LORD, are the Most High over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods (Psalms 97:9; cf. 108:5).

Jesus is creator of creation but not part of creation.

He made the water. He walked ON the water.
He wasn’t deterred by the locked door in the Upper Room in which He appeared suddenly. (Luke 24:36-37).
He was inside the tomb with a heavy stone closing it off. He wasn’t there. (Mark 16:4-6).

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