How should we understand the concept of God’s presence? Isn’t there a dilemma of God bring non-physical and yet is described as all present?
John Frame has a good paragraph:
“The presence of God is a consequence of his control and authority. When we speak of God’s presence we are not referring to a physical presence, for God is incorpeal. What we mean, rather, is that he is able to act on and in the creation and to evaluate all that is happening in the creation. Since God controls and evaluates all things, he is therefore present everywhere–as present as an incorporate being can be.” (John Frame,Doctrine of God, 94).
I think this is helpful. We see the interdependence of God’s attributes. Specifically we see the need for God’s sovereignty in describing accurately God’s presence. This is a great example of how the interrelationships of doctrines in our theological systems are mutually supporting. Doctrines are clarified and dilemmas resolved by seeing their relations to other doctrines. Certainly there is a place for doctrinal apologetics; but it should lead us to also worship a beautifully cogent and glorious God!