Theological Definition of Transcendence
By Dr. Dave Johnson
When someone says that God is transcendent, it means that he exists outside of his created order, such as the concepts of time and space, but regularly crosses the line and is active within what he has created. The best example of transcendence is the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, where God entered our world as a baby and lived as a first century Jew (Galatians 4:4).
Another example of transcendence comes from the modern space race. A number of years ago, some Russian cosmonauts went on a spacewalk and later stated that they did not see God. Had they read Moses rather than Marx, they would have known not to have expected to see him, although his handiwork in the heavens should have been obvious. In responding to those remarks the late Baptist preacher, Dr. W.A. Criswell, stated that had they taken off their space suits while walking in space, they would have met God immediately. Heaven, the throne room of God, exists outside of our understanding of space and time. That is transcendence.