Divine Eternity and the Challenge of Creation (James Dolezal)

When God created everything, did He “become” Creator and thereby change? Or was God always Creator even before things began to exist? This advanced theology lecture touches on God’s unchangeableness, His eternal nature, and how He interacts with His creation.

Highlights of the message:

  • The inexplicable mystery of divine eternity
  • How God’s immutability (God does not change) must be maintained in understanding His relation with creation and in order to begin to briefly grasp the concept of eternity
  • The definition of time!!
  • God’s relationship to time
  • God is eternity and eternity is God (A’Brakel), eternity is not something God is “in”

Questions for Study

These questions are based on the information from this message and follow the order of the talk. Some of the questions may challenge you to think beyond what you hear and take what you learn a step further through application or bringing in knowledge you might already have.

  1. Why are the terms “old” or “young” not accurate terms to use in regards to God?
  2. What is the definition of time according to Dolezal?
  3. Why can’t definitions of time apply to God?
  4. Why can there be no change in an infinite God?
  5. Why does Dolezal believe that God creates “eternally”? What does he mean by this?
  6. How does the fact that God is Creator harmonize with His unchangeable nature? Is it something He becomes or always is?
  7. How should what you learn cause you to love God more and worship Him?
Jim Rosenquist

Jim Rosenquist

Jim is Founder, Editor, and Author at 4Elect. He holds a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary. Jim rejoices that God chooses insignificant people to bring glory to Himself.

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