Sunday Sermon Series – 03/13/2022

With all the turmoil in the world right now (War in Ukraine, rising fuel and food prices and shortages) I thought it a good time to remember that God, that is the one true God of the Bible is all-powerful and in control.


Job 42:2, Psalm 115:3, Jeremiah 32:27, Luke 1:37

omnipotentiaomnipotence, having all power and potency, being all-powerful; an attribute of God; omnipotentia indicates the power, or potentia (q.v.), of God ad extra by virtue of which he can do all things that are not contrary either to his will or his knowledge. In other words, the omnipotentia Dei is limited only by the essence or nature of God himself and by nothing external to God. Thus the fact that God cannot do evil, cannot die, and cannot cease to be Father, Son, and Spirit is not a limit on or a contradiction of his omnipotentia. The scholastics agree with Augustine that all such hypothetical acts as would diminish God would be signs of weakness or of a defective willing, not evidences of omnipotence. Since, moreover, God himself is eternally fully actualized (in actu, q.v.) and never in process or in potency (in potentia, q.v.), the potentia Dei, the potency of God, or omnipotentia Dei, refers to the divine activity ad extra and never to a change or a potential for change in the divine essence, which is, by definition, both perfect and immutably so (see immutabilitas). 

Furthermore, since God’s omnipotence is a potentia, it cannot be a capacity for self-privation, i.e., a deficiency or deficient causeThe divine omnipotence may be further defined as the divine power or potential for the conferring of being and the active governance of all that is. In the former instance, which is the work of creation, the power of God is omnipotentiaabsoluta or potentia absoluta (q.v.), since it observes no prior condition apart from the divine essence itself and operates in relation to the divine knowledge of all possibility (scientia necessaria, q.v.). This omnipotentia absoluta can be referred also to miracles. In the latter instance, which is the work of providence or continued creation (see creatio continuata; providentia), the power of God is omnipotentia relativa sive ordinata, relative or ordained omnipotence, or potentia ordinata (q.v.), since it is bound by laws of its own making and relates to the divine governance of actuality. –

Richard A. Muller, Dictionary of Latin and Greek Theological Terms: Drawn Principally from Protestant Scholastic Theology (Baker Academic, 2nd edition, Ebook edition created 2017, pp. 378-379), and p. 208 in the printed book (Fifth Printing, March 2003) (emphases added)

“God’s Vengeance Upon The Ungodly”

When God takes vengeance upon the ungodly, he will smite in such a manner as to make them feel His almightiness in every stroke. All His power shall be exercised in punishing, and none in pitying. O, that every obstinate sinner would think of this, and consider his foolishness in thinking himself able to grapple with Omnipotence!

Stephen Charnock

As holiness is the beauty of all God’s attributes, so power is that which gives life and action to all the perfections of the Divine nature. How vain would be the eternal counsels, if power did not step in to execute them. Without power His mercy would be but feeble pity, His promises an empty sound, His threatenings a mere scarecrow. God’s power is like Himself: infinite, eternal, incomprehensible; it can neither be checked, restrained, nor frustrated by the creature.

Stephen Charnock

SERMON

Jehovah’s Challenge

Charles Haddon Spurgeon December 31, 1882

Scripture: Jeremiah 32:27

From Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 46


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