<<present everywhere>>

The ability of God to be everywhere, free from the limits of time and space, as He fills the whole universe, even seeing the future (Ps 139:7-10; Isa 14:24, 46:8-11; Eph 1:9,10, 4:10). Although He is everywhere present at all times this is different to pantheism that considers God is in the stone and therefore
the stone is God.

God asks, “Can anyone hide so I cannot see him? Do I not fill heaven and earth?” (Jer 23:23,24; Heb 4:13). Adam and Eve, then Jonah, mistakenly thought they could hide from, or run away from God (Gen 3:8; Jnh 1:3,10). Paul taught the fact of God's all-encompassing presence: "He is not far from any one of us, for in Him we live and move and have our being" (Act 17:27,28). Thus there is a sense we are always in His all-prevading omipresence. For a believer walking uprightly this is a place of divine blessing and awareness of His embracing love yet for those who reject the gospel "will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord" (Ps 16:11, 21:6; 2 Thes 1:9; Rev 22:15). The Bible says, “Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ” as He is “A present help in time of trouble” (Ps 46:1; Rom 8:35,38,39; Heb 13:5). As the eyes of the Lord roam throughout all the earth and nothing escapes His view this will be a deterrent when tempted to sin (2 Chr 16:9; Ps 11:4; Prov 15:3). However, when we have sinned we loose that conscious awareness of His presence with us, yet this is regained upon confession of that sin (Ps 32:1-5; 51:1,2,9-12; Isa 59:2). Also we are instructed not to estinguish the Holy Spirits influence in our lives through ungodly actions or a lack of devotion and obedience to the Lord (Eph 4:30; 1 Thes 5:19).

While God, in the form of the Holy Spirit, resides within each believer, when even two or three believers come together in Jesus name to pray about a matter He said there will be a greater combined awareness of His presence with them (Mt 18:20; Jn 14:17,23; 1 Cor 6:19; 2 Cor 1:22). The noticeable presence of God can be described as the discernible

Jesus said, I am with you always – Matthew 28:20

overwhelming glory and heavenly majesty such as experienced by Isaiah and then the three disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration (Isa 6:1-7; Mk 9:2-8). Any encounter of the manifest presence of God is the result of His overt and unmistakable interaction with us, and will affect a change in us. We are encouraged to come into His presence with thanksgiving and singing (Ps 95:2 100:2).

In the OT God's presence was centred on the ark of the covenant inside the tabernacle and later the temple (Ex 25:22; Num 7:89).

Satan is personally not able to be in more than one place at a time – but is represented by evil principalities and evil spirits who work in and through people and circumstances to carry out his wicked plans (Eph 6:11,12).

See also: God, Holy Spirit, omnipotent, omniscient, pantheism.