Presence of God
Divine Presence • God’s Presence • The Presence of God
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Presence of God
Presence of God When referring to God, “presence” in the English versions most often represents Heb. pānîm (“face”; Ex. 33:14), Gk. prósōpon (“face”; e.g., He. 9:24), or enṓpion (“in the face of”; e.g., 1 Cor. 1:29).
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Presence of God, the
PRESENCE OF GOD, THE God’s manifestation of his spiritual being. Since God is spirit, believers experience him by sensing his invisible presence. God also makes himself known in other ways. He appears in nature, particularly in catastrophic forces—fire, lightning, and earthquake (1 Kgs 19:11–13). He
Dictionary of Theological Terms
Five Ways
Five WaysThe five proofs devised and formulated by Thomas Aquinas to demonstrate the existence of God. They are as follows:1. The proof of the unmoved mover. Whatever is moved is moved by something. Since an infinite progression backwards is impossible, we are forced to conclude that there is a force
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Presence of God
PRESENCE OF GOD God’s initiative in encountering people. Biblical words for the presence of God usually relate to the “face” of God.Old Testament During the patriarchal period God used a variety of means of revelation to communicate with the people (Gen. 15:1; 32:24–30). These are often described as
Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy and End Times
Presence of God
Presence of GodThe presence of God is one of the most important prophetic themes in the Bible. To have a relationship with God is to know and experience his presence. Throughout the Bible God’s presence is not portrayed as something abstract, esoteric, or even merely emotional, but something that is
Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets
Divine Presence
DIVINE PRESENCEEach section of the Hebrew Bible alludes to the divine presence, that aspect of deity that R. Otto calls the mysterium tremendum et fascinans (Otto, 12–41). Whether defined as the object causing the numinous experience (Tracy, 174–76) or the numinous experience itself (Otto, 12–35), the
Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings
Divine Presence
DIVINE PRESENCEThe dominant image of divine presence in these OT texts is that of Yahweh dwelling in the temple. The dwelling of *God in the temple is multivalent in that the holy of holies is described as the place where earth and heaven meet. Thus, Yahweh is simultaneously in heaven and in the temple
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Presence, Divine
Presence, Divine. In the Bible “face” or “countenance” (Heb. pānîm; Gk. prosōpon or enōpion, “in the face of”) is normally used to indicate presence. As applied to God, it seems to have three main senses. First, there is God’s general and inescapable presence as described in Psalm 139:7–12. Second, there
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
DIVINE PRESENCE. There is no abstraction in the biblical languages that exactly corresponds to the English word presence. The term most often translated by the English word is an idiomatic use of the word face. God may dwell, go, or be with or in the midst of those to whom he is present. Name and glory
EXISTENCE OF GOD. For many people, the reality of mana, personal deities, or God is evident from the power, unpredictability, and human impact of what happens in the world. Perhaps, then, there is a universal human awareness of the divine (Ps 19:1–4; Rom 1:19–20). Philosophers of religion speak generically
Key passages
Ex 33:14–15

And he said, “My presence will go, and I will give you rest.” And he said to him, “If your presence is not going, do not bring us up from here.

1 Ki 19:11–13

He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before Yahweh.” Suddenly Yahweh was passing by, with a great and strong wind ripping the mountains and crushing rocks before Yahweh; but Yahweh was not in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake; but Yahweh was not in the earthquake. After …

Ps 51:10–11

Create a clean heart for me, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your Holy Spirit from me.

Jn 1:14

And the Word became flesh and took up residence among us, and we saw his glory, glory as of the one and only from the Father, full of grace and truth.

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Topics & Themes