Rontgen Rays

Charles Spurgeon, in Lectures to My Students, told the following story:

“There is a story of an ancient sculptor, who was about to put the image of a god into a heathen temple, although he had not finished that portion of the statue which was to be imbedded in the wall.

The priest demurred, and declared that the statue was not completed.

The sculptor said, ‘That part of the god will never be seen, for it will be built into the wall.’

‘The gods can see in the wall,’ answered the priest.

In like manner, the most private parts of our life, those secret matters that can never reach the human eye, are still under the ken of Almighty, and ought to be attended to with the greatest care. It is not sufficient for us to maintain our public reputation among our fellow-creatures, for our God can see in the wall. He notices our coldness in the closet of communion, and He perceives our faults and failures in the family.”

The omniscience of God is referred to by George Matheson as X rays;

“Thy ways are Rontgen rays; they pass through my fleshly barriers, they detect my secret wounds.”

Of course, he took his thought from the German physicist, Wilhelm Konrad Rontgen (1845 – 1923), the discoverer of X rays, receiving the Nobel Prize in physics in 1901.

By the omniscience of God is meant “that He knows Himself and all other things, whether they be actual or merely possible, whether they be past, present, or future, and that He knows them perfectly and from all eternity. He knows things immediately, simultaneously, exhaustively and truly.”

“Almighty God, Your piercing eye
Strikes through the shades of night;
And our most secret actions lie
All open to Your sight.” - Isaac Watts

Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center

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