Omnipotence

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Is God Almighty?  Is is power an infinite power?  Can he literally do anything?  What does the Bible say?  First let’s define omnipotence and then turn to the clearest passages of scripture on this important quesiton.

Omnipotent: “Almighty or infinity power, as God”

For starters we see a very nice proof-text for this in Revelation.  The word “omnipotent” is actually found in the Bible as directly describing God.  Some translations say omnipotent and some say almighty.  They both convey the same meaning.

“And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” Rev 19:6 KJV

Simply finding the word in the Bible is not enough to prove ones case though because we have to define that word with the Bible.  To do that we need to examine how the Bible talks about the power of God in other places.  Once you have identified these areas you need to screen them for those that are the clearest, on topic, those which provide either powerful metaphors or use concise language that can be quantified.

A good example is found below were the power of God is quantified as “mighty”

“And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty powerEph 1:19 KJV

Here in Daniel we see that the prophet juxtaposes the power of God against that of man.  He quantifies man as nothing and then states that God does according to his will.  That would mean that compared to God we are nothing.

“And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?” Dan 4:35 KJV

Below we see a similar comparison where God can do what he wants and nobody can reverse it.  The word “let” gets lost in the old english, if you’re not sure look it up in another translation or check it in a KJV dictionary.

“Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?” Isa 43:13 KJV

Below we see Christ says that with God “all things” are possible.  I have also posted another passage from Luke essentially stating the same thing.  Here we see the power of God quantified in the words “all things”.  Because of this I would argue it is fair to state that God’s power is infinite.  Thus we have the omnipotence of Almighty God defined as an infinite power.

“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” Matt 19:26 KJV

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Luk 1:37 KJV

I think that it is important to see this played out in other areas of scripture as well.  Although the below verses do not provide the same quantifiable language they paint the same teaching in metaphor and simile.

“5 And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.; 6 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:; 7 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.; 8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.” Isaiah 40:5-8 KJV

“15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.; 16 And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering.; 17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.” Isaiah 40:15-17 KJV

“28 Hast 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.” Isaiah 40:28 KJV

Whatever interpretation you are to derive from any other portion of scripture that is less clear, the above must always stand as true.  God is all powerful and can do as he pleases (Psa 115:3).

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About ACTheologian

I am a layman who blogs my Biblical studies. Enjoy, please read with an open Bible and do double check with your pastor.
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