The Great Attributes of God – Omnipotence

The omniscience of God means that He knows everything. He can recall all that is past. He sees all that is present. He knows all that is future. He understands the mysteries that have baffled the most brilliant scientists. He sees and knows what is happening here, and on the other side of the planet. He also knows you and me inside and out, through and through. God even knows how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop!

Psalm 147:4-5: “He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.”

God’s omnipresence means that He is present in all places at all times. God is not only omnipresent in the universe, but He is also eternal – He dwells in what we know as the past, the present and the future – all at the same time. For Him, the past and future are simply now – as far as the end of our lives are concerned, He is already there!

There is nowhere we can go that would be outside of God’s presence, because all of God is present in all places all the time! He is present in this room, and He is present on the most distant planet – all at the same time.

Jeremiah 23:23-24: “Am I a God who is only close at hand?” says the Lord. “No, I am far away at the same time. Can anyone hide from me in a secret place? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?” says the Lord.”

2 Peter 3:8 – “But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”

In the Bible we learn that God has the power to create a universe, alter the course of history, and the power to do absolutely anything He wants to do, anytime He wants to do it. No power in the universe can stop God or disrupt or even slow down His plans. Almighty God (not man) is the absolute ruler and Master of the universe – He is omnipotent!

God’s omnipotence refers to the fact that God’s power is infinite and unlimited – He is all-powerful.

The word omnipotent is defined by the word, “Almighty,” which occurs 345 times in the Bible, and is never used of anyone but God:

Job 36:22-24: “Look, God is all-powerful. Who is a teacher like him? No one can tell him what to do, or say to him, ‘You have done wrong.’ Instead, glorify his mighty works, singing songs of praise.”

Psalm 89:8 – “O Lord God of hosts, Who is mighty like You, O Lord? Your faithfulness also surrounds You.”

Psalm 91:1-2: “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust Him.”

Isaiah 40:26 – “Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing.”

Isaiah 46:9–11: “Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me. Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish. I will call a swift bird of prey from the east—a leader from a distant land to come and do my bidding. I have said what I would do, and I will do it.”

Jeremiah 32:27 – “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?

Matthew 19:26 – “But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Luke 1:37 – “For with God nothing will be impossible.”

Luke 18:27 – “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”

Ephesians 3:20 – “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”

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!”

a) God has complete power over the Earth.

The very first chapter of the Bible is full of references to God’s power. Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

To do this, He simply spoke the Universe into existence (Hebrews 11:3 – “By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen”).

Jeremiah 32:18 – “Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.”

Just as the first chapter in the Bible reveals that God created light on Earth, the last chapter in the Bible reminds us that God’s power will be responsible for the eternal light in heaven (Revelation 22:5 – “There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever”).

Miracles have always clearly demonstrated the mighty power of God – He parted the Red Sea, saved Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, calmed a stormy sea, and changed water into wine, healed the sick and afflicted, raised people from the dead, etc.

One of the greatest examples of God’s omnipotent power is found in the creation and formation of human life: Psalm 139:13-16: “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”

The forming of a baby within the womb was a great mystery to ancient man. The phrase “depths of the earth” (utter seclusion) is a metaphor for how hidden the womb is from man’s ability to observe.

Even with today’s scientific advances and our ability to see into the womb through ultrasound, x-rays, CAT scans, and other means, the development of the unborn child is still an amazing wonder.

While this process is hidden from human eyes, it is not hidden from God’s eyes. God has complete power to create life and complete knowledge of how it all works. God is definitely pro-life!

b) God has complete power over the spiritual realm.

While the devil has certain powers that we don’t have, he is not all-powerful, like God. He has more power than we do, but his power is nothing when compared to God: “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He Who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

Christ repeatedly cast out devils during His earthly ministry (Matthew 8:16 – “When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word…”).

Evil spirits recognized Jesus as the all-powerful Son of God Who would destroy them:

Matthew 8:29 – “Have You come here to torment us before the time?”

Mark 1:24 – “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!”

Mark 3:11 – “And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw Him, fell down before Him and cried out, saying, “You are the Son of God.”

The demons were fully aware of God’s omnipotent power, and they were terrified (James 2:19 – “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble”).

Jesus conquered the devil, and eventually will punish him in hell (Matthew 25:41 – “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels…”).

Through His omnipotent power, Jesus calmed the raging seas, fed thousands with just a few fish and pieces of bread, walked on water, healed the sick, restored sight to the blind, and raised the dead (Lazarus) back to life, etc.

The power of God to save us is in the gospel, which concludes with the greatest miracle in the history of the universe – the resurrection of Jesus from the dead: Ephesians 1:19-20: “I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.”

Someday, God is going to resurrect all the dead and transform those who are living, and judge the world: John 5:28-29: “Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.”

c) God has complete power over the affairs of men.

God’s absolute power and authority over the nations of the Earth is clearly evident all the way through the Bible (Israel and its enemies). God uses the nations to accomplish His purposes (Isaiah 10:5; Jeremiah 25:9; Amos 1). Man still has a free will, and is responsible for his choices in life, but God is in control of everything that happens. Job said: “He builds up nations, and he destroys them. He expands nations, and he abandons them. He strips kings of understanding and leaves them wandering in a pathless wasteland. They grope in the darkness without a light. He makes them stagger like drunkards” (Job 12:23-25).

Rulers have their dominion only because God allows it.

God was known to the patriarchs as El-Shaddai – “The all-sufficient God – the mighty One to nourish, satisfy and supply.”

Exodus 6:2-3: “And God said to Moses, “I am Yahweh—‘the Lord.’ I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob as El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty’—but I did not reveal my name, Yahweh, to them.” NLT

God has the power to bless us and provide for us everything we need to live!

God has the power to deliver the righteous from spiritual harm, and He has promised to do so through the power of the gospel (Romans 1:16 – “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek”).

But He also has the unlimited power to destroy the wicked, as can be seen in His utter destruction of the world through the global Flood of Noah’s time.

That’s why those who are not faithful to the Lord should be terrified by God’s omnipotence, because, in the Day of Judgment, the very force that created the Universe will condemn them to an everlasting punishment.

We will not escape the vengeance of God if we neglect the great salvation offered us (Hebrews 2:3 – “So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who heard him speak?”).

If we are faithful to the Lord, we can take great comfort and assurance in God’s omnipotence – He not only has the power to create us, but He also has the power to recreate us, save us, and give us an eternal home in heaven: Philippians 1:6 – “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

1 Peter 1:3-5: “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.”

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