Words Every Christian Should Know-Self-Existence

Do you remember what it’s like to be new to Christianity? Maybe it’s something like this…

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In this video the technical language is funny but most of the time technical language turns people off since it comes across as boring or irrelevant. Now this is a problem because the Christian faith has its own set of terms that if you never quite learn what they mean (or have only a vague idea of what they mean) have the power to turn you away.

When you are new to church or even new to reading the Bible, one of the hurdles that you have to overcome is the new vocabulary. The reality is that both the church and the Scriptures contain words that are just not used in common, everyday language. In some cases this can be avoided. An example is word “fellowship.” It isn’t so much that this is a difficult word to understand as much as it is a churchy word. Only really religious people substitute “fellowship” for “friendship” or “conversation.” “Youth” is another churchy word. Who uses “youth” besides the police department and churches? No one. So that’s why when I talk to people, whether it’s one-on-one or to a group, I try to avoid using “fellowship,” “youth,” or other churchy words that don’t help me connect with the person that I’m speaking to.

But there are times in which it is difficult or even unwise to find substitutes for biblical words or theological terms. Examples include: justification, sanctification, redemption, propitiation, inspiration, righteousness and many more. Since these words (and others like them) are either all over the pages of the Bible or are terms that explain key biblical concepts, we need to become familiar with what they mean.

The heart behind these posts entitled “Words Every Christian Should Know” is to help us get a handle on the meaning of a variety words that form our Christian vocabulary. Today’s word is Self-Existence.

Children often ask, “Who made God?” Of course the answer is that no one made God for he is self-existent meaning that he is without beginning or end. God has always existed and therefore has no creator. This is one of the fundamental differences between creator God and his creation. Everything God created (including humans) has a beginning. Nothing is eternal except God. That means that only God is self-existent for he is the only one who hasn’t been created by someone else.

While the term “self-existence” is not found in the Bible, there are many verses that teach this foundational truth.

Acts 17:24-25 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.”

The above verses teach that unlike human beings God has no needs. He gives life to people but no one gives life to him. See also…

John 5:26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself.

Psalm 90:2 Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

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