• Dr. Mark C. Spellman

The Fingerprints of God

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20, NASB95)

Have you ever stopped and looked at your fingerprints? Those tiny ridges, whorls and valley patterns on the tips of each of your fingers. Each of those marks on each of your fingers is different. Each of your fingerprints distinguishes you from everyone else in the world. No two people have been found to have the same fingerprints. It has been said that fingerprints are even more unique than DNA.

We leave our fingerprints on everything we touch. So does God.

God is spirit, infinite, eternal and unchangeable. The Scripture refers to his hands (Ecclesiastes 9:1, etc.), his face (Genesis 33:10, etc.), his mouth (Matthew 4:4, etc.), even his mind (Jeremiah 26:13). God is perfectly spirit. He has no body parts. The writers of the Scriptures speak of God anthropomorphically. The Biblical writers ascribe to God physical human attributes so we who are finite can understand the infinite and eternal God who is Spirit.

He who has created all things by the word of His power has put his fingerprints on everything he has touched – all he has created. “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands” (Psalm 19:1). “The heavens declare His righteousness, And all the peoples have seen His glory” (Psalm 97:6). The crowning glory of God’s creation is man (Psalm 8:5) who is created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). God breathed life into Adam, a living soul (1 Corinthians 15:45).

The fingerprints of God are imbedded in the clay of our humanity. The ‘Divine Potter’ molds and shapes “…one vessel for honorable use and another for common use” (Romans 9:21). “And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory,” (Romans 9:23).

The Apostle Paul says, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made…” The living God has not left himself without testimony (Acts. 14:44ff). We leave the mark of our fingerprints on everything we touch. God has left his fingerprints on all creation.

He shows his kindness to the human race by his gifts of rain and crops. He leaves his imprint of goodness on fallen humanity. Even the most depraved human being is able to know the difference between right and wrong, but suppresses that truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18). The whole earth is full of God's glory (Isaiah 6:3).

Creation may proclaim God’s invisible attributes, his eternal power and his divine nature, but there is something creation cannot do. It cannot save us. Special revelation, God’s word revealed to us in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, is our only rule for faith and practice. At the heart of God’s word to us is the one who is the ‘Last Adam’ (1 Corinthians 15:45), a life-giving spirit. Jesus Christ is “… the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation” (Colossians 1:15). He said, “He who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).

Jesus who was fully God and fully man took upon himself “a true body and a reasonable soul” (WCF, SC Qu. #22). He put his fingerprints of righteousness and holiness upon our sinful humanity. Here is our “our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ… who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds” (Titus 2:13–14).

The more science discovers about the intricacies of all creation, the more we are confronted with the existence of an intelligent, caring, loving creator who reveals his invisible attributes, his eternal power and divine nature imprinted onto and into the created order.

"The heavens tell of the Glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork" (Psalm 19:1).

If the heavens declare His glory, shouldn't we who have been created in the image of God, who have been touched and transformed by the mighty hand of God’s Spirit all the more proclaim the glory of the one who has created us?

The fingerprints of our Triune God are everywhere.