BCL Grow: The Simplicity of God — Exodus 3:13-15

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Exodus 3:13-15 (God)

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Bible Passage

Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is tmy name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations. — Exodus 3:13-15


“[W}hen we say that God is goodness itself, wisdom itself, power itself, and love itself, we do not mean that these are so many really distinct parts or forms in God, but simply that He is all that is involved in these terms by virtue of His own divine essence as such..” — James E. Dolezal, All That Is In God: Evangelical Theology and the Challenge of Classical Christian Theism, p. 43.

Steps to Take

1. Reflect: What do we mean when we say, “God is simple?” What is divine simplicity, and why does it matter?

2. Remember: When Moses asked God to tell him his name, God replied by simply saying “I am.” It’s as though God’s identity of himself is simply that he is. He exists. He is not derived from anything, nor is he dependent on anything. In fact, “simplicity” means “without parts.” God has no parts. Like the title of James Dolezal’s book says, all that is in God is God, fully and completely. If God were composed of parts, then those parts would have to come from something other than God—and they don’t. God is independent (Dan. 4:35) and infinite (1 Kgs. 8:27). He is the creator of all—the maker of everything, which he made out of nothing merely by speaking it into existence (Gen. 1). He depends on nothing.

3. Rejoice: Rejoice that through Christ Jesus you have peace with God—the God of all creation. Nothing can stay his hand (Rom. 11:34-36). He accomplishes all that he wills, even your salvation. Believe and trust him—he never fails—he will complete the work he has begun in you (Phil. 1:6).

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