Sometimes as Christians, we have a tendency of using “religious” terms at the turn of a hat. Many times, they flow off our tongue without any thought, because as church-goers and religious people, it has become habit, second nature.
“Praise Almighty God,” and one I use a lot, “our Heavenly Father,” and on and on. But how many of us truly know just what we are saying or writing when we use these and so many other terms? Because I write so much about the Lord and His communion with mankind, I think about what these “adjectives” truly mean too me and I know from some of my other Brothers and Sisters who write and teach, it is the same with them. Our words are put forth BECAUSE they have meaning to us, but what about in casual or informal conversations with those around us?
I want to discuss the “Omni” attributes of God and even though this is by far NOT a new teaching, it may bring a new perspective in our casual conversations with others who may not be so “religious” or understanding of such terms.
This is part of our God being, the Living Word, as opposed to just what we read. Too often we read the Bible, the “Word” of God and forget that it is not just letters and words, but the actual Spirit of the Living God. There is a reason why the Bible is referred to as being “Holy!”
Almighty God, or God Almighty are terms that even a lay person is familiar, but what attribute or character of God, lends or proves this term? Omnipotent, Omni-potent, or All Powerful or All Mighty. It means that God, Himself, is ALL incumbent power and might. In other words, there is nothing that our God cannot do! There is nothing outside of His sphere of ability or WILL to do.
Now I qualified that with His Will for a reason and I won’t get into vain speculation that is frivolous and does lend to further understanding of His Character and Nature. So, we won’t talk about the scenario of God creating a rock or boulder too big for Him to pick up! This is what the world would love to discuss or debate in their “blinded” state and it is a trick the enemy, the devil, uses to keep those blind who do not want to see or who refuse to be enlightened by the Spirit.
But, what about God lying, or sinning or violating His Own Word, or denying Himself? There is a simple answer to that for those that truly wish to know the Spirit of Truth; God only WILLS to do that which is consistent with His Nature.
Now Omnipotence also means that God is “All-ruling” or has “All-authority” throughout all creation. When we recognize this we are stating our belief in His authority and rule over all creation, and the Bible is firm in declaring this fact. Even though Satan is now the “god of this age” as Paul states in 2 Corinthians 4:4, it belongs to him only because God Almighty has granted it to him: “And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.’” — Luke 4:6. (Bold & italics added by me for emphasis).
It is God who ultimately reigns and rules in the universe, and all legitimate authority must come through Him. If we let Scripture tell us of God’s authority, we must agree that He has all authority to do all His pleasure as Isaiah 46:9-10 states, “Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’….” (Bold & italics added by me for emphasis). Indeed, we should remember that Christ Himself says clearly that “with God all things are possible.” — Matthew 19:26.
There are those that would teach that God’s Omnipotence strictly means His authority and rule rather than might and power, but even those words today are pretty much interchangeable. Many teach against using the terms might and power to avoid controversy with the ideas that God won’t sin, or lie or deny Himself etc. They also state that it prevents frivolous debate as stated earlier, but it also puts God in a box of our own making. Just because WE may have a problem with our finite awareness or perspective, doesn’t mean that God isn’t ALL His Word claims Him to be to its fullest extent.
Scriptures Related to God’s Omnipotence
Job 9:4-10, “God is wise in heart and mighty in strength. Who has hardened himself against Him and prospered? He removes the mountains, and they do not know When He overturns them in His anger; He shakes the earth out of its place, And its pillars tremble; He commands the sun, and it does not rise; He seals off the stars; He alone spreads out the heavens, And treads on the waves of the sea; He made the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, And the chambers of the south; He does great things past finding out, Yes, wonders without number.”
Psalm 33:6-11, “By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations.”
Psalm 135:5-7, “For I know that the LORD is great, And our Lord is above all gods. Whatever the LORD pleases He does, In heaven and in earth, In the seas and in all deep places. He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; He makes lightning for the rain; He brings the wind out of His treasuries.”
Psalm 145:3, “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable.”
Isaiah 40:15-18, 28, “Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket, And are counted as the small dust on the scales; Look, He lifts up the isles as a very little thing. And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, Nor its beasts sufficient for a burnt offering. All nations before Him are as nothing, And they are counted by Him less than nothing and worthless. To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare to Him?”
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.”
Matthew 28:18, “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”
Luke 10:17-19, “Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
Acts 3:6-8, “Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them–walking, leaping, and praising God.”
Acts 12:5-11, 21-23, “Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison. Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands. Then the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and tie on your sandals”; and so he did. And he said to him, “Put on your garment and follow me.” So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him. And when Peter had come to himself, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people.”
“So on a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat on his throne and gave an oration to them. And the people kept shouting, “The voice of a god and not of a man!” Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died.”
Ephesians 3:14-21, “For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height– to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
1 Timothy 6:15b-16, “He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.”
Revelation 19:6, “And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!”
There are so many, many Scriptures that prove God’s Almighty Character and Nature. This is the one “Omni” attribute that has the least controversy other than what has been discussed. We know God’s Character, but how does it affect us as Christian Believers and how can we walk in this knowledge?
Walking in This Knowledge
First, it should cause us to fear (be in awe of) God, not just as our Heavenly Father, but as Almighty God of all creation. An example can be found in Luke 12:4-9, “And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him! Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.” (Bold added by me for emphasis).
Secondly, we should adore God and everything that adoration entails. The Apostle Paul gives us an example of this when he wrote to the Ephesians, “Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.” – Ephesians 1:15-21. (Bold added by me for emphasis).
Thirdly, this gives us the power to trust God and all that He says He will and can do for us in the way of service, the way of victory over sin and this world and in the way of provision (also stated in Ephesians above). Paul teaches in his letter to the Philippians, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – 4:13. Also a few verses further on, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. – 4:19.
As I stated above, there are so many Living Words that can bring us hope, assurance, and blessing as well as direction in our relationship, communion and walk with the Lord! When we truly get to KNOW who our Heavenly Father is, we no longer remain strangers, or servants but rather as the Apostle John writes, “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another.” – John 15:14-17.
Friends with the Creator, the Almighty of All things! Friends AND heirs with Christ Jesus; now if that doesn’t make you want to jump and shout, we can always remind you of Jesus’ friend Lazarus! That same power is still alive in the Almighty today!!