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1.     Omnipotence

a)    Definitions

(1)   Omnipotence comes from two Latin words (omnis - all and potentia - power) and means, “all powerful.”

(2)   Gibson states, God is able to accomplish anything He designs or desires, and it will not be contrary to His nature.

(3)   Thiessen, in his Lectures in Systematic Theology, p. 82 writes, God is all-powerful and able to do whatever he wills. Since his will is limited by his nature, God can do everything that is in harmony with his perfections.

b)    God possesses all power and might (Ge 17:1; Re 19:6)

(1)   This is demonstrated in one of the names of God - El Shaddai. El Shaddai  is transliterated in English Bibles as “Almighty” or “God Almighty.” Literally El shaddai means “God of the Mountain” in the sense that God stands as the most powerful “King of the hill” against all false and powerless gods (Ge 17:1; 28:3; Isa. 13:6; Joel 1:15).

(2)   This is demonstrated in the creation of the world. God brought into existence the universe without any preexisting materials. This is referred to as creatio ex nihilo (created out of nothing). To bring all that we observe into existence “out of nothing” is one of God’s most monumental exercises of power (Ge 1:1; Ps 33:6, 9; Ro 4:17; He 11:3).

c)     God is able to do all things (Nu 11:23; Job 42:2; Mt 19:26)

(1)   This is demonstrated by God’s supernatural power. The word “supernatural” means to be above the natural observable order of things. This is not to say that God’s creation of the “natural” was anything less than miraculous, but God also demonstrates His power by performing outside the realm of the natural observable order of things (Ex 9:14; Ps 106:9; Ac 2:24; 1Co 6:14).

d)    Nothing is impossible for God (Je 32:17; Mt 19:26; Lk 1:37).

(1)   This is demonstrated in that God is able to do what is humanly impossible. God did the impossible (supernatural) when Isaac was born to Abraham and Sarah (Ge 18:10-14 cf. Ge 21:1-3 cf. Ro 4:21).

(2)   Sadly, there will always be those who ask the ridiculous questions such as, Can God create a rock so heavy that he cannot lift it? Or, Can God make a square triangle? The answer is that, God can never do anything that violates his own attributes and nature. If he did, he would cease to be God. Augustine argued that God could not do anything or create any situation that would in effect make God not God. Therefore, God cannot lie (He 6:18), give His glory to another (Is 42:8), sin (Jm 1:13), or deny Himself (2Ti 2:13).

e)     Christ also possesses the attribute of omnipotence (Col 1:15-17).

(1)   Christ demonstrated His omnipotence in being co-creator of the world (Col 1:15-17).

(2)   Christ demonstrated His omnipotence when He displayed His power over distance (Jn 4:50-53), time (Jn 5:6), nature (Jn 6:19-21), and death (Jn 11:43-44).

f)     The psalmist declared God’s omnipotence when he contemplated his own creation (Psa 139:13-16). For that matter, all of God’s “omni’s” are referred to in Psa 139, including man’s response

(1)   God’s Omniscience (1-6)

(2)   God’s Omnipresence (7-12)

(3)   God’s Omnipotence (13-16)

(4)   Man’s Omni - Response (23-24)

g)     Observations and Applications

(1)   The unbeliever who rejects Christ will experience the omnipotent power of God with eternal punishment (Mat 10:28).

(2)   The salvation of a sinner is accomplished by the power of God (Rom 1:16; 1Co 1:18).

(3)   The believer is a new creation by the power of God (2Co 5:17).

(4)   The believer’s eternal security is kept by the power of God (1Pe 1:5).

(5)   The believer is empowered by the omnipotence of God (Eph 3:16; Col 1:11).

(6)   The believer is able to overcome temptation by the power of God (1Co 10:13; Php 4:13).




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