Today we will look at The Omnipotence Of God is one of three main terms we use to describe God’s attributes or characteristics. The other two are omniscience and omnipresence.
Wester’s 1828 Dictionary gives us this definition of Omnipotence:
n. [L. omnipotens; omnis, all, and potens, powerful.] 1. Almighty power; unlimited or infinite power; a word in strictness applicable only to God. Hence it is sometimes used for God. The works of creation demonstrate the omnipotence of God. Will Omnipotence neglect to save the suffering virtue of the wise and brave? 2. Unlimited power over particular things; as the omnipotence of love.
Charles Buck’s Theological Dictionary says of the omnipotence of God:
5. In the continuation and success of the Gospel in the world, Matthew 13:31-32.
6. In the final perseverance of the saints, 1 Peter 1:5.
7. In the resurrection of the dead, 1 Corinthians 15:1-58 :
See Gill’s Body of Div. vol. 1: oct. edit. p. 77; Charnock’s Works, vol. 1: p. 423; Saurin’s Sermons, vol. 1: p. 157; Tillotson’s Sermons, ser. 152.
Dictionary of Latin and Greek Theological Terms: drawn principally from Protestant scholastic theology by Muller, Richard A. (Richard Alfred), 1948- (1985pg 208) has the following to say about omnipotence:
When we speak of the omnipotence of God we speak about His power. As Job said, “I know you can do anything, and no one can stop you.” Here are a few more verses to contemplate on the omnipotence of God: Psalm 147:5, Isaiah 40:28, Isaiah 44:24, Jeremiah 32:27, Matthew 19:26, Mark 10:27, Luke 1:37, Romans 1:20, Hebrews 1:3, Revelation 19:6.
Note the three Gospel verses all carry a very similar near-identical message. Also note what those verses do not say, that God will do all things possible. Far too often “Christians,” think that just because they have faith God must act upon their faith. Question who is God here?
Sometimes God chooses not to reveal Himself to man. Whether it be for man’s sin, or His own Glory, the fact never changes God is sovereign and in full control.
Faith supposeth this truth, though saving influences be wanting, and holy Sovereignty withdraw them for reasons far above the reach of Angels and men’s capacities, yet it is my sin that I lay under unresisted deadness. It may be asserted that it is a sinful inclination in us to make the high decree of God our Bible and to be unwilling to be ruled by the revealed will of God. So Eve was less willing to believe the revealed threatening (in the day thou eatest thou shalt die) and most bent to climb up to a knowing state with God; which the Lord in his latent purpose and decree did deny to man. So the devil’s quarrel is not with their own apostasy, but with the holy Lords dispensation; art thou come to torment us? and (which is another fault) before the time? Matth. 8. 29. nor can we move questions concerning the decrees and deep dispensations of God, but we must fall upon the Almighty to defend our own sin; the damned in hell eternally rail against the decrees of holy and spotless justice, and his decrees of giving to the life and being, and denying to them the benefit of death, Rev. 6. 15, 16. but as they blaspheme the God of heaven because of their pains, so they never repent of their deeds, Rev. 16. 11. – Samuel Rutherford (Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor), Influences of the Life of Grace, Or, A Practical Treatise Concerning the Way, Manner, and Means of Having and Improving Spiritual Disposition, and Quickening Influences from Christ the Resurrection and the Life (1658) on the Puritan Hard Drive,
Of course, we have the ever-present naysayers who like to throw out smart sayings like the following:
Here is man, thinking that God has to “play” on man’s terms. Spoiler alert, the threefold attributes of God mean that He is beyond the comprehension of man He can and does, we can not comprehend. That is why it is called Faith and why I will never put my faith in man, only in the God of the Bible. How about you?