Aseity

Some teachings, like total depravity, are hard because our human pride doesn’t like them. Some are hard because they are confusing to wrap our heads around: oh, the trinity.

Some are hard because language is poopy.

Wikipedia defines aseity as the property by which a being exists in and of itself, from itself, or exists as so-and-such of and from itself. Does your head hurt? My head hurts. Can we all agree to never read that again? Good.

Webster gets it a little better: the quality or state of being self-derived or self-originated; the absolute self-sufficiency, independence, and autonomy of God.

Still, could use clarification. Sometimes, when trying to define a word, it’s easier to look at its antonyms: created, developing, dependent. Aseity is the opposite of all those things.

Thus, saying that God is aseity or has aseity (it is a noun, by the way) means that God is unchanging. He is and has always been. He is independent of all things, including Himself. He relies on nothing. This is different from His status as creator and mediator of all things; He is uncreated and needs no mediator. He has no need; there isn’t anything that exists that isn’t already His.

Acts 17:24-25  The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.

Psalm 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world,    from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Psalm 102:25-27 Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain;    they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but you are the same, and your years have no end.

Job 41:11 Who has first given to me, that I should repay him?    Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine.

Malachi 3:6  “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.“

John 8:28  Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”

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