In the last two tidbits I established that the application of the infinite nature of God to His creation manifests in the ‘potential to multiply’ in the area to which He has purposed. In other words, God can only create from Himself, i.e.His multi-faceted nature; and because just one of the facets of His nature is ‘infinite’*, that which He created will possess a sovereignly designed proportion of His infiniteness. This does not mean His creation is infinite or without limits. It means when the infinite God created the finite creation, the finite creation was affected by the infiniteness of God! However, because the finite is created, it cannot be infinite; but in the sovereignty of God He chooses to apply His infinite nature:
1.to the creation of His choice
2.and created with the degree of the infinite nature of His choice
Therefore, to those created things that possess the ‘potential to multiply’, the consequence of God’s infinite nature will result in unlimited productivity!
For example, Marian Tupy, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and co-author of ‘Super Abundance’ writes, “Economic growth is less about resources which are limited, and more about knowledge, which is unlimited.” “The world is a closed system in the same way a piano is a closed system. The instrument has only 88 keys, but those keys can be played in an infinite number of ways. The same applies to our planet. The earth’s atoms may be fixed but the combinations of those atoms are infinite. What matters then is not the physical limits of our planet, but the human beings and their freedom to experiment and to re-imagine the use of resources that we have.”
If you remember, the origin of Dr. Tupy’s points is the Holy Scripture that reveals the nature of God:
“And for the precious things of the earth and fulness thereof…” -Deut33:16
“Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein.”
“The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof…” -Ps24:1
“If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof” -Ps50:12
“The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world and the fulness thereof”
“Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.”
“Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof” -Ps98:7
“For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof” -1Cor10:26
“…for the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof” -1Cor10:28
The Hebrew word for “fulness” is: melôw (Ezek. 41:8), mel-o´; from 4390; fulness (lit.) or fig.):—× all along, × all that is (there-) in, fill, (× that whereof … was) full, fulness, [hand-] full, multitude. -Strong’s
The questions that obviously arise are:
1-How did the earth become full?
2-What is the earth full of?
3-Why is the earth full?**
4-Why was the word “fullness” chosen to describe the earth and
I think the answers are obvious!
1-God created the earth full from Genesis 1:1
2-The earth is full of those things God purposely gifted to man in His creation
3-The earth is full so that man can fulfill his calling to “be fruitful” which refers to man’s unique purpose.
4.The word “fulness” was chosen so that those “who have ears to hear” can know the earth will NEVER run short of resources because God created it using His infinite nature of knowledge!
Remember, a resource of the earth is contingent upon knowledge, which means knowledge creates resources from the earth’s existing material. In other words, when a portion of God’s omniscience is applied to the earth, a resource results. For example, before knowledge was applied to oil, it was only a hindrance when it bubbled to the surface of the earth. However, when knowledge was applied to oil---WALLA—the oil became ‘THE’ source of energy—empowering the world!!! I repeat, knowledge creates resources!
Because God is omniscient (all-knowledge), yet also infinite; and because both are facets of His nature, each facet of His divine nature affects every other facet of His nature. Therefore, when humans apply the omniscience of God to the earth, that which the earth has the potential to produce becomes full, i.e. without limitation!!
Therefore, when a human receives a revelation(Eph1:17) from God’s omniscience(Ps147:5; 1Cor2:9,10) and applies it to the earth, the God-designed result is the creation of a resource, or something man can use for his benefit. As a particular creation of man is used to benefit man, it ultimately ends in financial prosperity. Or, more accurately…unlimited financial prosperity!!
*infinite means without boundary, i.e. limitless.
** …AND the seas (Ps98:7)!!!!
To laugh is to risk appearing the fool. To weep is to risk appearing sentimental. To reach out for another is to risk involvement. To expose your feelings is to risk revealing your true self. To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd, is to risk rejection. To love is to risk not being loved in return. To live is to risk dying. To hope is to risk despair. To try is to risk failure. But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing at all. People who will risk nothing --- do nothing, have nothing, and become nothing. They may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love or live. Chained by their certitudes, they are slaves. They have forfeited their freedom. Only a person who risks is truly free.
In the first tidbit of this series, I focused on ‘one’ aspect of the nature of God: infinite. As a reminder, the word ‘infinite’ means God is without boundaries*; or cannot be restricted.
First, God’s nature is multifaceted, yet He is one. To help with this tidbit, I need to remind you of another facet of God’s nature: father**. One definition of father is provider. Because God is a father, He provides, or is the source of supply, for every living thing(Ps145:16).
Second, every facet of God’s nature affects every other facet of His nature.*** Therefore, the infinite nature of God and fatherhood nature of God inform us ‘how’ God provides for His own: unlimited or abundant supply. In other words, God exists as an abundant provider!
Obviously, if God is an abundant provider for every living thing the question that immediately arises is: Why is man’s past and present so filled with mind-boggling poverty, lack, destitution, and starvation?
There is no simple ‘natural’ answer to this complex question. However, what I can unequivocally declare is the answer to life’s difficulties begins with God, not man. In short, man’s opinion does not work because:
1.Mankind was designed to understand how life works through Christ (Jn1:4,9)
2.Mankind’s sin-tainted nature hinders our understanding of both God and reality, so often resulting in deception at worst, or seeing (understanding) through a glass darkly (1Cor13:12) at best.
Let’s continue! The earth is full(Ps24:1), which means, and I repeat, God designed the earth to supply the need/desire of every living thing(Ps145:16). But of what is the earth “full”? Simply, the earth is full of everything useful to mankind to help him produce! Therefore, because God’s ‘first’ command to man was “be fruitful” (productive-Gen1:26-28), He intended for man to use the earth for his provision.
For example, after man’s fall in Genesis 4, Cain became a tiller of the ground and Abel became a keeper of sheep. Because God had already given them the mandate to take dominion (Gen1:28) over the earth—they had to ‘work’ in these areas to provide for themselves and family. Therefore, to be productive requires God’s gift of the earth as well as His mandate to work to make the earth produce.
Another example is Deuteronomy 28, which reveals God’s blessing and curse of which both are contingent upon the action of obedience to God’s word. For example, Deuteronomy 28:1-3 declares obedience to God’s word is rewarded with “blessing” in the city and field. The word “blessing” does not mean a person’s obedience inspires God to drop “blessings” from heaven on mankind like an apple drops from a tree. On the contrary, “God’s blessing” requires man to work using spirit, soul, and body---the consequence is productivity, also known as increase. This is the definition of prosperity!
Furthermore, Deuteronomy 28:4 declares obedience results in the blessing of God on the fruit of your body; fruit of your ground; fruit of your cattle; fruit of your herds; fruit of your flocks of sheep. First, notice everything mentioned in verse 4 is either an animal or originates in the earth. Second, notice these things are natural, which means the “blessing” is upon natural things. Third, and most importantly, the word “blessing” (barak) describes “HOW” God affects, or increases, or prospers those natural things!!! In other words, the context of Deuteronomy 28:4 describes the increase, i.e.prosperity of the word “barak” on natural things!! I repeat, when the Hebrew word “barak” (blessing) is applied to earthly things like animals, or plants, or crops, etc., those natural things increase or prosper! I repeat, this is PROSPERITY!!!
Therefore, God created in His creation the ‘potential to multiply’ which is why one planted corn seed does not yield one piece of corn!!! On the contrary, one seed planted can multiply into a harvest of abundance!!! But…but…but…why is this true? Who made a seed to multiply, not only into a harvest but into a harvest that is filled with seeds…and within each seed the potential to multiply into further harvests...also filled with seeds? Genesis 1:11 & 8:22 offer the answer:
“And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.” Gen1:11
While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease -Gen8:22
These simple truths affirm that the Creator God created the ‘potential to multiply’… in His creation! Therefore, as mankind uses the creation to produce, that productivity has inherent potential to multiply without limit!!
The ‘potential to multiply’ inherent to God’s creation is ‘THE’ foundation for prosperity!
***Because God is infinite, His nature must also be eternal, i.e.without a beginning or end. Eternality cannot exist without the infinite, and vice versa. This is true of every facet of God’s nature.
History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid." – Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dictionary.com defines ‘economics’ as
1.(used with a singular verb) the science that deals with the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services, or the material welfare of humankind.
2.(used with a plural verb) Financial considerations; economically significant aspects: What are the economics of such a project?
Very simply, economics is the ‘science’ of money i.e.finances! In other words, how money is created and used.
The great economist Thomas Sowell writes in his massive work ‘Basic Economics’, “The Garden of Eden was a system for the production and distribution of goods and services, but it was not an economy, because everything was available in unlimited abundance. Without scarcity, there is no need to economize—and therefore no economics. A distinguished British economist named Lionel Robbins gave a classic definition of economics: “Economics is the study of the use of scarce resources which have alternative uses. What does scarce mean? It means what everybody wants adds up to more than there is.””
Immediately, this very simple definition rejects the anti-prosperity preachers’ hook-line-and-sinker!! Why? Drs Sowell & Robbins cite two important points:
Regarding abundance, Dr. Sowell uses the example of the Garden of Eden. As Christians, from the Garden of Eden we understand not only the reality of its existence but its God-created purpose: to provide for all mankind--not just for Adam and Eve. Secondly, Dr. Sowell uses the phrase: “unlimited abundance” to describe its provision. Incredibly, this is an ‘absolute truth’ regardless of how Dr. Sowell intended for its use in his statement. In other words, Dr. Sowell’s statement was not simply an incidental, trivial remark, but the ‘WILL’ of God for mankind’s provision!!! I repeat, the Garden of Eden expresses God’s will for mankind’s provision as being “unlimited abundance”!
The point offered by Mr. Robbins’ is: Scarcity; which perhaps ‘might’ be more appropriately used to describe the condition of mankind after the fall. For example, after Adam’s sin, God said in Genesis 3:
17.…cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18.Thorns also and thistles shall it (earth) bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread… (KJV)
The clear, unmistakable teaching of these 3 verses is that for fallen man, hard work and sweat are now the reality to access God’s provision of abundance for mankind. In other words, God’s good will of ‘unlimited abundance’ remained in the earth despite man’s fallen nature. However, the curse placed on the earth now makes it necessary for man to ‘sweat and toil’ to access God’s unlimited abundance provided for mankind beginning at the creation.
Allow me to further elaborate. In other words, when God brought righteous judgment upon Eve, Adam, and the earth for their sin, His wrath made it more difficult for humanity to possess His original abundance: “sweat of thy face”(Gen3:19). Yet, God’s judgment neither restricted nor hindered the potential for abundance He created in the earth from the beginning*. Therefore, there is now an ‘appearance of scarcity’ which economists recognize as the earth’s present reality!!!
Yet, the ‘appearance of scarcity’ did not immediately ‘appear’ when God spoke the curse, but in His abundant mercy(Ps136), He allowed the Garden of Eden to remain until Noah’s flood destroyed it some 1500-2000 years later. I repeat, the scarcity to which economists now refer, hides God’s original abundance* requiring mankind to use hard work and sweat to retrieve it---which is why I call it an ‘appearance of scarcity’. Remember, God created the earth with abundance* and then gifted** it to mankind and, He does not take back His gifts***!
Therefore, the ‘unlimited abundance’ of the Garden of Eden teaches us something very significant about God’s nature. First, Romans 1:20 declares: “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse”.
The above passage teaches God’s marvelous creation reveals/unveils His nature--because God can only create from His nature! So, what is that aspect of God’s nature that allowed Him to create ‘unlimited abundance’? From Romans 1:20 and the Garden of Eden we learn that God created from his Infinite nature—which means without boundary. Furthermore, because God’s nature also includes Fatherhood, and fathers provide; therefore when God provides, He must do so according to His infinite nature—which means His provision for mankind must be ‘unlimited’---hence, the ‘unlimited abundance’ of Eden!****
Therefore, from the Creation---to this day---and throughout all of eternity—because God's His nature is:
Constant: He cannot change (Mal3:6)
Good: He can only give good in: spirit, soul, and body (Ps119:68;
Infinite: He can only give ‘unlimited abundance’ i.e.more than
enough (Phil4:19; Lu9:14,17)
…God’s provision must align with His infinite nature!!!
In conclusion, because God is good and does good(Ps119:68); and because He provides not only for our survival, but also for our thriving, i.e.our unique purpose, therefore, Psalms 145:16 declares, “Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.” And, Philippines 4:19 says, God provides for us from His riches in Glory. Therefore, considering that God not only provides for ‘every living thing’, but also as much as those living things desire, can either His “riches” or “riches in glory” …be limited? Impossible! Why? And I repeat, because God is infinite:
1.His provision must be abundant for every living thing
2.He provision can never run out
Hence, God’s infinite nature, which directs His provision, can only result in ‘unlimited abundance’ for every living thing…especially man’s provision!!
*The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof… -Ps 24:1
**… but the earth has He given to the children of men -Ps115:16
*** For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. -Rom11:29
****Eden was part of the unlimited abundance of the earth—Ps24:1
“The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule.”
- Albert Einstein