Returning to our examination of the tactile qualities of space and it’s malleability, we find Scriptural glimpses of just this. In a number of places we find clear, unequivocal evidence referencing His shaping of the heavens.
“The Lord wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent” Psalm 104:2
“It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:” Isaiah 40:22
“He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.” Jeremiah 10:12
All together, there are some seventeen mentions of God stretching the heavens! Don’t make the mistake of taking these seventeen references as allegory or fancy wordplay. These is much more than that, as evidenced by other attributes of space clearly declared in the Scriptures long before high-technology proved their existence. For instance, it declared that space can be torn (Isaiah 64:1), worn out (Psalm 102:25), shaken (Hebrews 12:26; Haggai 2:6; Isaiah 13:13), burnt up ( 2 Peter 3:12), split (Revelation 6:14), and rolled up like alike a scroll (Hebrews 1:12; Isaiah 34:4).
All of these conditions seem to presuppose a tangibility of space that is not obvious, and goes a long way toward vindicating what otherwise would be considered nothing more than poetic descriptions of God’s authority over nature. Further, each points to the fascinating topic of hyperspaces. The very fact that empty space can be “rolled,” as noted by the Scriptures, indicates beyond question that a three-dimensional universe exists in a fourth dimension.
I will forgo any further discussion on these in particular as we have analyzed the characteristics of these first four dimensions previously. Even so, I will add this before moving on. Each dimension inevitably builds upon the others, and one existing across multiple dimensional planes possesses hyperdimensionality. We are limited in our dimensionality to being essentially three-dimensional beings existing and operating in a fourth dimension; that fourth dimension being space-time.
If we consider how God undoubtedly exists in a realm of dimensionality far beyond our own, understanding the freedoms such a position would grant, we then can clearly reconcile His ability to freely interact with each of us – indeed all things – simultaneously and completely, yet in such a way that seems to preclude tangible observation. He deals with each of us where we are, in ways we cannot even imagine, knowing us more completely than we even know ourselves, for the spatial limitations of our world cannot not infringe His abilities. He interacts with every single person who has ever lived, who will ever live, and knows everything about them and every decision they will ever make, because His vantage is one outside of our dimensionality. He is outside of our time and our space, but He can interact with all aspects of it.
That’s all fine and good to say, but do the Scriptures have anything that concurs with this? They do, in fact.
“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19
It is a bit easy to miss in the middle of a cursory reading, but Paul here in his letter to the Ephesus makes a declaration of four separate dimensions:
Those are the very four dimensions we experience in our day to day lives, clearly addressed in Scripture long before modern day physics declared them as so. And the whole sweep of the passage is one of the love Christ has for His people. We should never minimize the significance of that…
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