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Bible Term: Omniscient

Omni, means “all,” while scient, although not a common word, means “knowing, skillful, aware, knowledgeable.” Therefore, omniscient means total knowledge or knowing everything. God is omniscient.

The noun form of omniscient is omniscience.

In addition to being omniscient, God is also omnipresent and omnipotent.

A lifelong student of the Bible, Peter DeHaan, PhD, wrote the 700-page website ABibleADay.com to encourage people to explore the Bible. His main blog and numerous books urge Christians to push past the status quo and reconsider how they practice their faith in every area of their lives.

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Omni God

There are three words that are commonly used to describe God; they all begin with “Omni.” God’s “Omni” nature surely provides us something to ponder.

The prefix “Omni” means all, so the three “Omni” words that reveal God’s character and nature, succinctly tell us that. These are:

Omnipotent

Omnipotent is unlimited power or authority. In some translations of the Bible, the word omnipotent is found in Revelation 19:6, but most versions use the word “almighty” instead.  Almighty, in referring to God’s character, occurs hundreds of times in the Bible. 

Omnipresent

Omnipresent is to be present everywhere simultaneously. Omnipresent is described in Jeremiah 23:23-24 and Proverbs 15:3, among others.

Omniscient

Omniscient is a total knowledge, knowing everything. Omniscient is described in Matthew 6:32, Romans 8:27, 1 John 3:20 and others.

Therefore…

God is all present,
all powerful, and
all knowing.

Also see “The Implications of Omnipresence,” “The Implications of Omniscience,” and “The Implications of Omnipotence” for more thoughts on this.

A lifelong student of the Bible, Peter DeHaan, PhD, wrote the 700-page website ABibleADay.com to encourage people to explore the Bible. His main blog and numerous books urge Christians to push past the status quo and reconsider how they practice their faith in every area of their lives.