The Omnipotence of God
Tim Temple

Introduction

In this lesson, we want to look at Isaiah, chapter 40, verses 26-31, as we continue to think about our God and how we can become people who know our God. Today we are going to think about the omnipotence of God.

In our study of God, we have seen thus far that there is nothing that God does not know; that is His omniscience . There is no place that He does not exist; that is His omnipresence . If those things are true, then it is also true that there is no thing that God cannot do; that is His omnipotence , which we want to think about today.

The word omnipotence refers to the fact that God is all-powerful. Power is a subject that is important to everybody on one level or another. Everybody is concerned about power. There is political power, and of course that is an extremely important thing. Political power is an extremely important part of our lives, not only in the area of government, but even in other organizations in which we may be involved. There is a power structure in your schools. There is a power structure in your office, that politics of power—who is in charge, and who is next, and all the way down the line.

The greatest power known to man—atomic energy—was unleashed on the world in our generation, and even greater than that is the power of nature. We hear on a regular basis of earthquakes in various places. We hear about the floods that do tremendous devastation and the forest fires. But there is nothing at all to compare with the infinite power of God.

It is important to know that omnipotence involves more than just that kind of raw power of an out-of-control forest fire or an avalanche or flood. God's omnipotence includes the choice of His will to use His power to reflect His glory and to accomplish His sovereign will.

Like the other attributes we have talked about, omnipotence has a moral base. God could use that power in any way He chose because He is God, but thankfully for us, God chooses to use it only in wise and good purposes. When Jesus was on earth, for example, He had that omnipotence of God available to Him. He did tremendous demonstrations of His power, but part of the reason that God sent Jesus Christ into the world was for us to have an historical record of the fact that He never used His power for convenience or for entertainment, and certainly never for destruction of people with whom He disagreed. Think of all the things that Jesus could have done while He was here on earth with that power—destructive kinds of things, negative kinds of things—but He never did that. He always used His power to magnify His own glory and to demonstrate Who He was.

The Meaning of Omnipotence

We want to look at three aspects of God's omnipotence. The first thing that we want to think about is the meaning of omnipotence. It has a very important meaning for us. Scripture speaks repeatedly of the power of God. One of those places is Isaiah, chapter 40. Notice in verse 28, God asked the question:

Isaiah 40

28Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

God's power has a very certain meaning. The Psalmist agrees with that. In Psalm 62, verse 11, we read:

Psalm 62

11God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.

Psalm 147, verse 5, says:

Psalm 147

5Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

The summary of those passages and many others like them throughout the Scripture would be that God has created everything, and so He is infinitely greater than His creation, and thus incomparably powerful. Think about Jeremiah, chapter 32, verse 17. This passage gives a good summary of God's omnipotence. That verse says:

Jeremiah 32

17Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:

A friend of mine, who is a pastor in another city, has told me that in the Awana program one night, he was hearing verses, and he heard a little boy who had memorized this verse. Apparently he hadn't worked on it as much as he should have, but he did know the meaning of it. He quoted it this way: “Oh my God! behold, you made heaven. You made earth, and there ain't nothing You can't do.” That is a pretty good statement of it, isn't it? Sometimes children understand those things better than adults do, and that boy had an understanding of omnipotence. “There ain't nothing You can't do.”

Another story about a little boy at church concerns a pastor who ran into the boy in the church, and he knew that in Sunday School that day they had been studying about God's power. He wanted to demonstrate his interest in the boy and in the subject, so he said to the little boy, “Son, if you can tell me something that God can do, I will give you an apple.” The little boy looked at the pastor for a minute, and he said, “Sir, I'll tell you what. If you can tell me something that God can't do, I'll give you a whole box full of apples.” That is the truth as a child sees it, and as so often is the case, very much to the point.

Omnipotence Requires Obedience

However, the interesting thing is that human beings as a whole, rebellious mankind in general, has turned away from this truth of God's omnipotence, because, you see, omnipotence requires obedience. If there is a creature who is really all-powerful, and we really believe that, then that person also has all authority. If there is a God Who has all power, He deserves our obedience. Sinful man doesn't want to have to deal with that, and so the human race down through the years, over and over again, generation after generation, has come up with ways to explain away God's power. Mankind doesn't give credit to anyone but himself for anything that takes place in the world.

We have problems understanding the power of God because we try to understand it in our own environment. We try to understand the incomprehensible power of God by putting it in the context of the environment that we live in. C.S. Lewis wrote about this matter of understanding not only God's omnipotence, but all things about God, and he illustrated it this way: He says, “There are so many things that God communicates with us about Himself that are really beyond our complete understanding. We can understand them to an extent, but to understand them fully is really not possible.” He said, “It would be something like if we were able to somehow go to another planet, land on that planet and discover there people very much like ourselves, except for the fact that they could only think in two dimensions. Of course, we think in three dimensions, but these people can only think in two dimensions.” He said, “There would be many things about our planet that we could explain to those people in a way that they could understand, but there would be some things that no matter how hard we tried to explain it, they would not be able to fully comprehend it.” C.S. Lewis says, “That is the way God is in His revelation to us. He explains things to us to the extent that we can understand them, but no matter how smart we are or how clearly God communicates to us, there are things that are beyond our total ability to understand. That, of course, includes His omnipotence.”

Tony Evans, who is a pastor in Dallas, comments on this aspect of God in this way: He says, “I can lift a ton. If you don't believe I can lift a ton, you get me to the moon and watch me with the cameras. I can easily lift a ton.” If you think about it with the space exploration that we have seen and the exploits that the astronauts have done, with the cameras that we have been able to channel pictures back to earth, we know that that is true. In an environment of weightlessness things can be done that can't be done in this environment, so our finite minds try to reject things that we don't understand and that we can't comprehend, but God is unlimited in what He can do. Man—puny, independent, insignificant, rebellious, on the way to the grave man—has dismissed God from the discussion and tried to take credit himself for all power and has tried to take the place of God. What a silly and serious mistake that is.

God's Unlimited Creative Ability

God is not only unlimited in what He can do, He is unlimited in how He gets it done. Theologians refer to a power that God has that nothing man has can begin to compare with, and they refer to it as creation ex nihilo . That means “the power and the ability to create things out of nothing.” God is unlimited in how He accomplishes His will because He has the power to create things out of nothing. That, of course, makes all of the difference in the world in trying to explain away the creation, for example. Man has had to come up with evolution, but the biggest problem in the theory of evolution is, where did that original matter come from? How did we make that transition from nothing to something? The Bible says in Romans, chapter 4, verse 17:

Romans 4

17…even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

God has the ability to create out of nothing. He causes change to take place also, and He creates a new thing out of something old. He creates a new man, spiritually speaking, out of an old, sinful man. He makes us new creatures in Christ Jesus, but He is also able to create out of nothing— ex nihilo . Of course, the only explanation for that is creation.

The scientists grapple with it, they yield more and more ground in this silly theory of evolution, and now most scientists are willing to accept something like a big bang theory, which if you know enough about that, you know it is not creation. However, it moves a lot closer to creation, because they have to grapple with the fact of something coming out of nothing.

Nothing Impossible With God

This power of God has a very practical result, and that is that it adds the impossible to the equation of life. Understanding God's omnipotence adds the impossible to the equation of life. Probably the best example of this is in the Christmas story. You are familiar with Luke, chapter 1. It is one of the passages that the average person is probably more familiar with than other passages of Scripture. That is the chapter where the angel Gabriel came to Mary and said, “Mary, you are going to have a baby.” Mary reacted just as we would expect her to. She said, “That can't be. How can it be? I'm not married. I am a virgin. How can that be?” The angel said in Luke, chapter 1, verse 35:

Luke 1

35And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

He continued in the next verses, and said, “Not only that, but your cousin Elizabeth is going to have a baby, too.” That was a very significant thing for Mary to hear, because she knew that Elizabeth was too old to have a child, and the angel even mentioned that specifically. Mary said again, “How can this be?” In verse 37, the angel answered:

Luke 1

37For with God nothing shall be impossible.

Let me ask you. Do you really believe that? With God nothing shall be impossible. That is what we sing about at Christmas, and that is what all of our thinking focuses upon—that God did the impossible and brought a baby into the world through the birth process using a virgin who conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit. That is the impossible, and the impossible is a very real, ordinary everyday part of our lives as Christians because of God's omnipotence. When you put God into the picture, anything is possible. When you leave God out of the picture, the virgin birth or anything else is impossible. The reason that so many theologians even reject the doctrine of the virgin birth of Christ is that they simply are not willing to believe that God can do the impossible.

Demonstrations of God's Power

Let me tell you that you will not get very far in the Christian life if you don't believe that God can do the impossible. People often say, “I would believe that God can do the impossible if He would just show me a demonstration of His power, if I could have just been here when Jesus was doing His miracles and could have seen Him do a miracle.” You know, God demonstrates His power all of the time. It is all around us.

Turn with me to Job, chapter 38. Chapters 38 and 39 demonstrate the fact that God's power is all around us in ways that we don't often think about. In this passage God asks Job a very interesting question. Job was having problems with this matter of the power of God, and you can understand why, with all of the problems that he had, in spite of the fact that he had done everything as rightly as he knew how to do. God said to Job in verse 4:

Job 38

4Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.

That is a good question, isn't it? God laid the foundations of the earth. We walk around on the earth; we live in this environment, and we never stop to think about the fact that God is the One Who put it here. God laid the foundations of the earth.

The rest of chapter 38 and all of chapter 39 go into minute detail of His power over creation. We don't have time to go through all of these verses, but let me just point out a few. Let me commend these two chapters to your reading. You will be very encouraged if you take the time to sit down and thoughtfully read through these chapters. Look at verse 8:

Job 38

8Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?
9When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,
10And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,
11And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?

Listen, if you have ever stood on the beach and noticed the points at high tide or watched the sea at low tide, you have seen God's power demonstrated. God is the One Who says that the tides are going to come to this level, and no further. God is the One Who set all of that in motion. Please move on to verse 22 of chapter 38:

Job 38

22Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow?…

Have you ever looked at a snowflake? Have you ever seen one of those magnified pictures of a snowflake? You have heard that no two snowflakes are alike. That is the power of God demonstrated. You can see the power of God if you see the snow. He makes an interesting statement in the last part of verse 22 and going on through verse 23:

Job 38

22…hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,
23Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?

The book of Revelation tells us that as part of the terrible trouble that is going to come on the earth during the tribulation period, there will be tremendous hailstorms that God unleashes on the earth. Apparently, according to Job, chapter 38, verse 23, He has that hail already stored up and ready to use. God does the impossible, you see. Now look at verse 24:

Job 38

24By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth?

Every time you see the effects of the wind blowing, you know the power of God. Just last week it was very windy, and I thought to myself, “I wonder what practical purpose the wind has?” We all know that the rain has a practical purpose, the snow has a practical purpose, but what purpose does the wind have? Later on that same day, I was reading from Job, chapter 38, and God rubbed my face in it. He said, “If nothing else it is to show you My power.”

I just hate windy weather. I can put up with almost any kind of weather, but I hate the wind. But you see, every time He lets the wind blow, He is demonstrating His power. We see the power of an omnipotent God every day, and I am going to try to learn to even thank Him for the wind. You notice what I said. I'm not there yet, but I am trying to learn to be thankful even for the wind, because that is a demonstration of God's power, just like the other things that we see around us all of the time.

God's Power as Related to Man's Power

One other verse that I want you to notice is in chapter 39. There are many others just like in these chapters, but look down in chapter 39, verse 26:

Job 39

26Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the south?

How do the birds know how to migrate? How do they know when to go and where to go, and how do they keep going back to the same places year after year after year, generation after generation after generation? How do they do that? The Bible says that that is God's omnipotence that causes that. That is how powerful God is. His power extends to the impossible, but it extends to the very things that we are so familiar with and that we take for granted and don't even think about. God is basically saying, “I did all of this without help from man. I didn't need man. My power created all of this.”

You know, it is interesting that puny man has rockets and we think we have power. Puny man has a powerful government and we think we have power. Psalm 2 is about that same subject. This is about God's power as related to man's power. Psalm 2, verse 1, says:

Psalm 2

1Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
2The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
3Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

That has been the subject of every government down through the years. How can we take the authority that rightly belongs to God and have it for ourselves? They don't make up announcements in those words, and it may not even be a conscious thought in the minds of some of the leaders, although history has shown us that it has been a deliberate thought in the minds of some rulers, but God's perspective is that the rulers of nations think this way. We want the power for ourselves. We want to be the ones who issue the ultimatums and orders. Human power is able to do that to a certain extent, and they move around as though they had real power, but verse 4 shows God's response to this:

Psalm 2

4He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.

Don't you know that God enjoyed those parades that the Communist government used to have on May Day—all that massive power parading through the streets of Moscow that we have seen in the papers and on television? Don't you know God enjoyed that? He did. Verse 4, chapter 2, says that He got a laugh out of that. That was entertainment to God—that atheistic, monolithic, powerful government parading itself through the streets like that.

It took a long time, but in recent years we have been able to get a good laugh about that too, haven't we? It has been thrilling to see how, in spite of all that atheistic power, underneath all of that we saw publicly, there was a Church of Jesus Christ thriving strongly, more powerful probably than the Church that has had such an easy life here in the United States in those same years. God's power is at work whether men can see it or not, in spite of the fact that men try to do away with God's power. That is the meaning of God's omnipotence.

The Scope of God's Power

The second thing that we want to think about is the measure of His omnipotence. God's power is very broad in its scope. Not only does God have power for creation, but He actually sustains His creation. Did you know that? Not only did He create all things, but He keeps them going. Hebrews, chapter 1, verse 3, says:

Hebrews 1

3…upholding all things by the word of his power…

Colossians, chapter 1, verse 17, says:

Colossians 1

17And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

That verse is speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ, specifically, as a member of the Godhead. Colossians tells us that the Lord Jesus Christ as God is the One who keeps the molecules moving around inside our bodies at just the right speed. He is the One Who keeps the very basic elements of nature rotating and moving not too fast and not too slow. We have talked before about the fact that He keeps the sun and the planets from colliding, and He keeps the earth moving at just the right speed so that we don't get dizzy if it is not rotating fast enough, or we don't fall off if it rotates too fast.

God is so powerful that He sustains His creation. He even holds your life together. It is as personal as that. He controls the very day-to-day events of our lives. All that it would take to bring total chaos into our world would be for God to take His finger off the earth for just five or ten seconds. We would then know what real power is. We don't see some of God's power because He uses His power so effectively to sustain, to maintain, His universe.

God's Power Over Satan

Another area in which God's power is seen is in His control of Satan's kingdom. It is an interesting thing to read through the New Testament and see in the first four books God's power over the demons and Satan's kingdom. There is a funny story in the book of Acts that I like to think about when we talk about God's power over the demons. It is Acts, chapter 19, and it is the story of how Paul was doing miracles in a certain city, and the chief priest in that city was a man by the name of Sceva, and he had seven sons. Those seven preacher's kids were fascinated with Paul's ability to cast out demons, so they watched him and the way he did it. Before long they came across a guy who was demon possessed, and one of them, acting as spokesman—the Scripture says all seven were in on this—said, “We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth to come out.” The man who was demon possessed turned to these preacher's kids and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but who are you?” The demons know who has the power, and in that case, it was specifically spoken in that way. In fact, James, chapter 2, verse 17, brings that out specifically. It says, “The demons believe and tremble.”

Listen, the demons are way ahead of many, many, human beings. The demons know that there is a God, and they know Who has the power over them. They tremble at what awaits them because of God's power. That is why I John, chapter 4, verse 4, says, “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” Satan is a force to be reckoned with, and we ignore Satan at our peril. Do not ever make light of the power of Satan. Do not ever take it for granted, and do not ever think that Satan cannot try to get you to do his bidding. He does it all the time, but on the other hand, thank God that greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.

God's Power Over Illness and Death

God's omnipotence is illustrated in His power over Satan's tremendous power. Of course, His power is seen over illness. The New Testament records many stories of miraculous healing, and human history has recorded stories like that all through the years. In this particular era in which we are living, as I read the Bible, God is not demonstrating those miracles as openly as He did in other periods of time, but we all know of people in our church who have had miraculous healing, and things have been done for them that have to be in the category of miracles.

By and large, the difference is that, in this era of history, God does not give to individuals the ability to do miracles at will. God still does miracles, but at this particular point in time He hasn't given that power to individuals to do miracles like He did in the early days of the New Testament. That is because the Scripture is completed now, and the miracles that God gave people the ability to do in other periods of history were to prove that they were God's spokesmen. They were God's representatives, and when they would raise somebody from the dead, cast out demons or heal a sickness, people would believe that these men really were God's spokesmen.

We now have in the Scripture all things which pertain to life and godliness, and we have the Word of God which is alive and powerful and cuts to the issue of things. We have the Word of God which is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and instruction of righteousness, that the man of God may be mature and thoroughly furnished unto all good works. We do not need miracle workers going around. God has given us in His Word and the indwelling Holy Spirit all that we need for those kinds of things, but there are times when God does do miracles, even though we do have His Word complete.

God's ultimate power, the ultimate demonstration of His power, is over death. God demonstrated that power in raising the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead. Romans, chapter 4, tells us that the way God chose to demonstrate His power was in the resurrection from the dead. He demonstrated that Jesus Christ was His Son by raising Him from the dead.

God's Power Demonstrated In Our Lives

The wonderful thing about this is that that power is also demonstrated not just in the miraculous, and not just over death, and not just over Satan, but God's power is demonstrated in our lives as well. One of my favorite verses is a powerful verse concerning God's power in our lives. Proverbs, chapter 21, verse 1, says:

Proverbs 21

1The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

We do not have a king, so that may be a little bit hard for us to relate to, but let's put it this way: The most powerful person in your life is in a sense a king in your life. There is a person or an organization in the lives of each one of us who is powerful in our lives, in relation to whom we may make many or all of our decisions based upon what that person will do or what that person will say. It may be the husband or it may be the wife or the professor, but there is somebody in the lives of all of us who is extremely powerful, and we make our decisions based on how that person will react or what that person has ordered. That person, in a sense, is a king in our life; and Proverbs, chapter 21, verse 1, says that that person's heart is in the hand of the Lord. God can change that person's heart. God can turn that person's heart just as He turns the courses of the rivers of water. That is a wonderful, personal application.

It may be that some of you may be struggling with an impossible situation, because that person who is the king, so to speak, in your life is not allowing you to do what you want to do—husband, wife, mother, father, teacher. You feel thwarted because that person isn't letting things go the way that you want them to go. God holds that person's heart in His hand, and you have direct access to God. Why not go to the Lord and say, “Lord, change their heart. Make them see the wisdom of the thing that I think is right.”?

Some of us have the power to change people's minds about things or get them to do something that they weren't planning to do, but listen to me: Only God can change a heart. That is what He tells us. God's omnipotence extends to the point of changing the hearts of the people who have control over us, and that is change at the very deepest level. That is a beautiful demonstration of God's omnipotence.

The Purpose In the Use of God's Power

The third thing that we need to understand about God's omnipotence is the meaningfulness of omnipotence. It goes along with what we have just been talking about. The first aspect of that meaningfulness of God's omnipotence is that it is purposeful. This is the fact that God has a purpose in the use of His power.

In Genesis, chapter 17, God promised Abraham that he would be the father of many nations. This promise was to a man who was ninety-nine years old. He was going to be the father of many nations, and this ninety-nine-year-old man had an eighty-nine-year-old wife. She had never been able to have children, even when she was young enough to have children. What an impossible situation, but that is what God promised He would do.

Why did He make a promise like that? He repeated the promise over and over again down through the years, but His promise was to create a nation through whom, as He told Abraham, all the nations of the world would be blessed. God wasn't going to give Abraham and Sarah a son miraculously just so the neighbors would have something to be impressed with and laugh about and congratulate them about. God wasn't just playing around when He made this promise; He had a purpose in it. God's omnipotence is purposeful. The development of the nation of Israel was done to show that God has a purpose in all that He does.

This shows why we have to pray according to God's will. Jesus said when He was on the earth, “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” He then demonstrated over and over again that when we pray, we are to pray according to His will. Why is that? It is because God's omnipotence is directed on certain purposes.

The Importance of Seeking God's Will

God isn't like many of us who get up every morning and say, “Let's see, what am I going to do this day?” “What am I going to major in in college? What do I want to do with the rest of my life?” These things we figure out as we go along, but God has certain eternal principles in mind to which He directs His omnipotence. From before the beginning of the world and the beginning of His dealings with us, He has had this overall purpose in what He wants to accomplish. So if we are going to pray, we have to pray in line with the purpose that God has. He is able to give you and me anything that we want, anything that we need, but He doesn't waste His power. He gives it in accordance with the purpose that He has to fulfill and the place that He has in that plan for each one of us. That shows the importance of staying in the will of God. Psalm 37, verse 4, says:

Psalm 37

4Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

That is, He will give you the right desires. He will bring your will into synchronization with His will. The direct method of prayer is shown by Jesus as He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. He told God what He wanted. He said, “If it be possible, let this cup pass from me.” But then He said, “Nevertheless, not My will, but Thine be done.” That is the way that we need to pray. It is perfectly all right to tell God what we want, but we need to keep in mind the matter of how that desire of ours fits in with His plan for us and His overall omnipotent plan for the world.

With God it is never a matter of whether or not you can do that thing that we are asking Him to do. He has the power to give us a new job. He has the power to give you that person that He has for you to marry. He has the power to do all those things, but it is not a matter of His power; it is a matter of His will. He could create a new job for you out of nothing if it was just a matter of His power. He could create a new human being for you, if it was just a matter of whether He was able to give you that person that you are looking for to marry. He can create out of nothing. It is not a matter of His power; it is a matter of matching His power with His will.

As parents we often do that same kind of thing. We have the power to give our children certain things that we don't give them. Why is that? It is because we know that it is not in the child's best interest. It doesn't fit in with what we see as God's will for the child's life at this particular time. God does that on an eternal scale.

God's Purpose is Personal

Not only does God's omnipotence have a purpose, but the Scripture reveals that that purpose is also personal. Turn with me to Ephesians, chapter 3, verses 19 and 20. These verses show that God's purposeful use of His power is directed in a personal way. The ones that really get to see God's power are His people. In Ephesians, chapter 3, verses 19 and 20, Paul prayed:

Ephesians 3

19And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
20Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
21Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

God is able to do all of these things, and He wants to do them in a personal way in our lives.

If you can't remember the word omnipotent , just do what the writers of the Bible often did. They often used the phrase, “He is able.” A good substitute for the word omnipotent , is the phrase, “He is able.” If you have trouble understanding the ramifications of the theology of omnipotence, just say, “God is able.” In fact, verse 20 is a good summary of omnipotence. It says if you are able to even think of it, God has the power to do it—exceedingly abundantly above that.

God's Power In Salvation

Let's think of some of the things that God can do. Let me mention quickly some verses. In Hebrews, chapter 7, verse 25, it says:

Hebrews 7

25Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him…

He is able to save you. That is how omnipotent He is. That is His personal omnipotence. II Timothy, chapter 1, verse 12, says:

II Timothy 1

12…I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

This is why you cannot lose your salvation. God is able to keep your faith. You committed your faith to Him. You said, “I believe by faith. I can't prove it; I can't demonstrate it; but by faith I believe that Jesus Christ died to pay for my sins. God says that, and by faith I believe it.” II Timothy says that “He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” You keep your salvation not because you hold on to God, but because God holds on to you, not because you keep your faith, but because God keeps your faith. He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him—one of the most beautiful verses in all of the Bible. You are not holding on to His hand; He is holding on to your hand.

Many of you have tried to take children through a busy shopping mall or through the West Texas Fair, and you know how hard that is. If your child is just holding on to your hand, you may lose him; but if you are holding his hand as he holds on to yours, he is not going to get lost. That is exactly what the Word of God is speaking to us about God's personal omnipotence. He keeps that which we have committed unto Him.

Sufficiency In All Things

Not only that, but II Corinthians, chapter 9, verse 8, says:

II Corinthians 9

8And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

The specific context of that verse is giving to the Lord's work and to the Lord's people, and this verse is not teaching the heresy of seed faith. That heresy says that if you give this much to God, God is obligated to give you ten times back. The way to get rich is to give to God, then He is obligated to give you something back. That is heresy. That is not what the Bible says. This verse is often quoted to support that idea, but what this verse says is if God leads you to give money to an organization or to a person in need, if God is leading in that, then you go ahead and give what God is directing you to give and He will in some way enable you to pay your other bills too.

That is not saying you just go down and put something in the offering plate so that God will give you more back. This is talking about the context of praying and thinking carefully about the need, asking God what He wants you to do and getting God's direction about what He wants you to do. Sometimes you suddenly discover that God wants you to do more than you thought you could do, and that is going to happen if you trust God to direct in your giving. If you trust God to direct you in your giving, the day is going to come, if it hasn't already, when He is going to direct you to give twice as much as you were planning to give. The Bible says that when that happens, God is able to make all grace abound toward you so that you, having all sufficiency in all things, may abound unto this good work.

That grace that He makes abound toward you may be in the form of being able to tighten your budget in some other area. That grace may be in supplying you an unexpected bonus. That grace may take many forms. It may not be cash money, but it will be the ability to do what God directs you to do as well as meet your own needs. So don't let your budget stand in the way that you really believe after prayerful consideration God is leading you to do financially. He is able to do these things. The king of the three young Hebrew men who were about to be thrown into the fiery furnace in the book of Daniel said, “Who is that King who will deliver you from my hand?” They said, “Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us.” They didn't say He would deliver them. Of course, in that particular case, God did deliver them. He is able. That is what omnipotence is all about. He is able to do what He knows you need in your life. He is able.

The Prayer of Faith

As we conclude, there is one other factor in this matter of God's omnipotence. If God is able to create the universe and demonstrate that to us in so many ways with the blowing of the winds and the migration of the birds and the rain, etc., He is able to meet your needs. One of the reasons that we don't know the power of God in our lives, that we don't experience the power of God in our lives is that we don't claim James, chapter 4, verse 2:

James 4

2Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.

God's power is available to us for the asking when we understand what His will is and when we are willing to have Him use that power in the accomplishment of His will in our lives. The story is told of a little boy who was out in the fields with his daddy who pointed to a certain rock and told the little boy to pick it up. It was a huge rock. The little boy went over and started to pull on it. He tried as hard as he could and he could not lift that rock. His dad said, “Try harder! Do anything you can to pick up that rock.” This went on back and forth through several exchanges and the little boy finally said, “Daddy, I have tried everything I can and I just can't pick that rock up.” The daddy said, “You haven't tried everything yet.” The little boy said, “Oh yes, I have, Daddy.” Daddy said, “You haven't asked me to help you yet.” So many of us are just like that. We struggle with our problems. We do everything we can think of, and we forget to ask the omnipotent and yet personal God of the universe for His help.

Conclusion

The omnipotence of God is a subject that is almost impossible for our human minds to grasp. Although it is such a tremendous subject, it is also a very personal promise to us of the power of the omnipotent God in our lives.


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