The Bible describes God as both transcendent and immanent. To hold an accurate view of God, we must live with the tension inherent in these opposing characteristics.
Transcendent means that God is far above and
greater than His creation. He is and always will be infinite, independent,
unchanging, and sovereign. God’s transcendence is evident in the following
passages: Psalm 113:4-6, Isaiah 55:8-9, and Acts 17:24-25.
is equally clear that God is immanent.
He is not an abstract deity removed from His creation. He is and always will be
personal, relational, responsive, and engaged. The following passages express
His immanence: Isaiah 49:15-16, Luke 12:6-7, Romans 8:15.
many passages both immanence and transcendence are described. Here is one
example: “The Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods
[transcendence]… Come, let us bow down and worship, let us kneel before the
Lord our Maker; for He is our God and we are the people of His pasture, the
flock under His care [immanence].”
-- Tim Muehlhoff in an article
entitled “A Balanced View of God” in “Discipleship Journal”, Sep/Oct 2006