To infinity and beyond: a short thought

My Masters dissertation is on the word ‘to’! Well, actually, it’s on the ‘to-infinitive’ construction. On reading about infinitives and the (grammatical) concept of finiteness, I have had to consider what finiteness and non-finiteness means. In grammatical terms finiteness is quantifiable in terms of inflection on the verb (markers of person, number and tense) while non-finites have no (or very little) quantifiable matter.

So when I read of the ‘infinite’ love of God, I do a rethink: is it unquantifiable? Or does it mean something else?

the love of the Anointed is infinitely long, wide, high, and deep, surpassing everything anyone previously experienced.

(Eph. 3:18-19 TV)

Glory belongs to God, whose power is at work in us. By this power he can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.

(3:20 NAS)

SO does it mean unquantifiable in this context? Maybe; rather than literally ‘limitless’ as many perceive infinity to be, it means ‘having no end’ or literally ‘not (in-) finished (-finite)’

Praise God that unlike the work of grace on the cross, which is finished (John 19:30), his love is not finished.

Grace be with you.

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