Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Omnipotent God



When we think of God's  All powerfulness, we think of the name El Shaddai  or God All Mighty this was the name God reveled to Abraham in Gen 17:1 this name occures 48 times in 48 verses in the bible and it carves into granit the staus of God in relation to everything  else that is in exsistence today.   God could have very easily used another name that had to do with his power when he was speaking to Abraham  but He wanted it perfectly clear there is no power except it comes from God!  Because God is All Powerful.

I was once asked if God can do anything, can God create a rock so heavy that God can not lift it. To me the very statement was an insult of my intelligence and more importantly it was an edification of the ignorance of the workings of GOD by the person that asked the question. I had completely dismissed the statement from my mind until a few months ago when I saw this same question on the internet. (Sometimes technology has a real negative effect)
In an effort to explain this phenomenon to an atheist, Rich Deem tried to redefine the meaning of the word Omnipotent then justified his statement with the argument that omnipotent is not used in the Bible. I don’t personally know Rich Deem but I do understand why he would try to explain away the concept of omnipotent. However there is no reason to explain it away because God is Omnipotent.

 God is Omnipotent
Fist the meaning of the word omnipotent is “All Powerful”. Merriam Webster Online defines omni as meaning one word “All.” I’m sure there are those that would like to get around this but it is what it is. Just because a word is not used in the bible does not mean the word is not suggested many times. The name El Shaddai ("God Almighty") is used many times in the bible and again by definition is creates the understanding of a single source of power the Omnipotent GOD. The Apostle Paul clarifies this problem in 

Romans 13:1 (KJV) Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God

It is a very simple verse that is completely overlooked by most people in practice, but is exceptionally profound in giving us a better understanding of this word. That even those they we call evil are ordained by God. Read the verse again “there is no power but God”
When we think on the omnipotent nature of God we see if God is Omni Powerful then there is no power but God and anything that appears to be power was in fact ordained by God.
Now can God create a rock so heavy that God can not lift it? This question would take some time to answer in that it requires a development of understanding of many concepts, but for the sake of the argument I will play with it in the next two or three paragraphs.
Genesis 2:2 says that on “the seventh day GOD ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work.” I would like to draw your attention to the word "rested" does genesis 2:2 suggest that God got tired? Of course not  Psalm 121:4 tells us that God does not slumber nor does he sleep.  This statement speaks of the infinite endurance of God.  If fact we know that God did not rest as you and I perceive rest because if he did the world would cease to exist.  Acts 17 tell us the God gives all the things we need to live right down to our very breath.

So we know that God is not just all powerful, He is eternally omnipotent. and therefore able to do His will. So what is God's will? especially toward us? It is to provide a way for our reconciliation with HIm. Which he has done in the work of Jesus Christ,  

Now if GOD will for us is reconciliationthan how is it that making a rocks will achieve that? To put it as simply as possible GOD is not a magician that GOD should entertain the limited carnal minds of the unenlightened. Luke 4:12 teaches us that we should not temp the LORD God.

God’s purpose for us is serious business that should not be measured against the limited abilities of the evil minds of man. Those of us that are part of the Body of Christ should not be caught up in discussions with those infused with the thoughts of the world.
We have only a few responsibilities concerning these people,
  • Is that we love them,
  • Is that we pray for them,
  • Is that we give them the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as it is discerned in us by the Holy Spirit
Nothing more nothing less, but when possible avoid these conversations altogether as they have nothing profitable to give (Titus 3:9)

The bible does give occasion of things that God cannot (or will not) do. For instance God can not lie, He can not sin, he cannot deny Himself  (Num. 23:19; I Sam. 15:29; II Tim. 2:13; Heb. 6:18; Jas. 1:13, 17) however none of this thing accomplish God's real purpose explained above.


Your Brother In Christ
T. Charves FireSpeaks

The Eternal God

2 comments:

  1. Loved it. This gave me clarity on some questions that I had. Thanks for the info.

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  2. Please I'm sure I don't know everything, (may not know very much) but if we work together maybe we can find out just what it is God wants of us.
    Your Brother in Christ
    Firespeaks

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