Psalm 139:4-5,6 (RIV) “Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Yehovah. You hem me in- behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
When talking about God as “knowing all things,” we usually begin by recognizing the “dichotomy of personalities” between the Divine and His creation. Unlike other religions that consider individual personalities to be an illusion to overcome in order to “meld” with the Divine, Christians tend to look at God as completely separate from His creation.
We do this in good faith, in defense of God’s exclusive personality- in contrast with all other creatures.
The fact that Christians steer clear from pantheistic philosophies does not mean that God’s presence isn’t recognizable in creation- on the contrary! The Christian Faith expresses a powerful sense of God’s immanence throughout the Scriptures- from beginning to end. But although the Scriptures support the immanence of God in all of creation… it also supports the idea that everything in creation is a part and parcel of God.
First of all, the Christian Faith teaches that the Supreme Personality of Godhead dwells in “unapproachable light.” (1 Tim. 6:16; Ex. 33:20; John 1:18; 1 John 4:12) The quoted passages are referring to the very source of the Godhead (God the Father). For example, one can see the Sun and perceive its heat, but no one has ever seen or approached the source of the Sun’s radiance, which is its very center.
The Bible uses this same example when speaking about Christ in Hebrew 1:3 (NIV): “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being…” The same passage continues by explaining that the Son of God sustains all of creation by His powerful word.
Although no one can see the all transcendent God, we experience and know Him personally by means of His expressed Word. This “Word” or LOGOS is the expression of the thought processes and desires of the all transcendent God. But unlike us, God has a personal and interactive relationship with His own expansion known as “The Son.”
Basically, one could say that the LOGOS of God is the “sound vibration” by which the Supreme creates all things- whether in Heaven or on Earth. (Colossians 1:15-17) Even more, the LOGOS of God contains within itself all of creation– whether visible or invisible, heavenly or hellish. (Acts 17:28)
In fact, one could say that the whole Cosmos is an express manifestation of the LOGOS of God, who in essence is an expansion of God, making Him to be equal with God. (Heb. 1:6-13; Phil. 1:5-11)
Furthermore, when Lord Jesus calls Himself the “Alpha and Omega, the First and Last, the Beginning and End” (Rev. 22:13), He is referring to Himself as the creator, sustainer and destroyer of the elements (stoicheia) which make up everything that exists in our Universe.
The Greek word stoicheia (refer to Col. 2:8, 20; Gal. 4:3, 9-10, et. al) literally refers to letters of an alphabet that stand in order. One could say that the “DNA” of the whole Universe- even those elements that compose the smallest of atoms, is created, contained, sustained, destroyed and re-created within the living Word of God.
So on the one hand, one could say that God the Father is completely separate from His creation, but on the other hand, one would also have to admit that God is as immanent to His creation as the basic elements that make up His Universe. In fact, it would be rational to say that everything is created from “God-Stuff” within the sphere of the LOGOS.
With that said… what does the worm have to do with God’s point of view?!
Oftentimes when we think about God’s omniscience (knowing all things), we usually correlate this to some sort of Divine psychic ability that enables God to know all things about His creation, even though he is completely separate from it.
I would like to suggest that the omniscience of God is not only akin to a Divine-psychic knowledge, but that as the LOGOS who sustains all things, God observes everything through the vantage point of each of His living creatures.
In other words, that from the Divine’s perspective, even the worm’s point of view serves as an existential contribution towards the Almighty’s omniscience.–jcr