To start, what do I mean by “Omni”?
Well, our Triune God has four central characteristics:
Omnipotent: Almighty, All-powerful. God has power over everything and can do whatever He pleases. God created the heavens (outer space, the earth’s atmosphere and “sky”) and the world. Before Genesis 1:1, God was in His dwelling space (Heaven; note the capital ‘H’ in the 1611 Authorised Edition). He created existence, time, and everything else.
26 And Jesus having earnestly beheld, said to them, `With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.Matthew 19:26
10 I make known the end from the beginning,
from ancient times, what is still to come.
I say, “My purpose will stand,
and I will do all that I please.”Isaiah 46:10
Omniscient: All-knowing. God knows everything, past, present, and future; all knowledge is part of His character and being. Therefore, nothing takes Him by surprise.
4 Before a word is on my tonguePsalm 139:4
you, Lord, know it completely.
19 This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20 if our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.1 John 3:19-20
Omnipresent: All-present. God is everywhere at the same time. Therefore, God cannot be avoided or hidden from. We see this very early in the Genesis of Creation when Adam and Eve tried to hide from God after eating the forbidden fruit.
God’s question, “Where are you?” was exposing to Adam (man) the effects of his sin: mankind’s fall and separation from God. Indeed, God wasn’t inquiring about Adam’s location out of ignorance.
4 Who can hide in secret places
so that I cannot see them?’
declares the Lord.
‘Do not I fill heaven and earth?’
declares the Lord.Jeremiah 23:24
7 Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
9 If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.Psalm 139:7-10
52 Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man?
The lovingkindness of God endures all day longPsalm 52:1
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.Psalm 100:5
God is summum bonnum-the highest good.Arthur W. Pink
Okay, so the One true God of three persons (the Trinity) is All-powerful, All-knowing, Always Present and Always Good. He was not lonely,
25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.Acts 17:25
So, why were we created?
The most straightforward answer is that He wanted to illustrate His glory by overflowing and sharing His love. As image-bearers, We’ve each been commissioned to love Him and care for His world and each other. It’s in His divine nature to share His divine love.
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16
Now, you might argue that if God is truly omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent and omnibenevolent, then hell, suffering, and death wouldn’t exist. However, keep in mind that the Genesis of sin was the result of human disobedience against the loving righteousness of God.
The lack of perfect goodness in the world isn’t proof against the four Omnis of God.
There’s another reason we were each created. Click here to find out more.