The All Powerful God
God is omnipotent “El Shaddai” (Exodus 6:2-3) which means He is all powerful (Matthew 28:18). Humans are limited by time, space, and force, but God’s capabilities are unlimited (Job 42:1-2). God especially exhibited His power in the creation of everything that exists. The words of His mouth brought forth matter into existence (Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 11:3). The term Shaddai, when connected with the Hebrew word El (God) means, ‘the mighty One to nourish, satisfy and supply for His creation.’
God is all powerful over the affairs of men and nations. He directs them to accomplish His purposes (Isaiah 10:5; Jeremiah 25:9; Job 12:23). Isaiah proclaims: “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” (Isaiah 40:28). He can perform supernatural “wonders,” (Job 5:9; Psalm 72:18; John 3:2) and has power over death. And at the end of time, the Lord will resurrect the dead (1 Corinthians 15:15,32; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 1 Peter 1:3-5) and destroy the devil and his followers ( Matthew 25:41).
While God is all powerful, He can’t force humans to accept Him. In fact, this freedom of choice coasted God a very high price – which is the death of His innocent Son to redeem mankind. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). There is no greater love than this (John 15:13).
Through Christ, God defeated the devil (Matthew 8:16) and caused demons to tremble before Him (James 2:19). While the devil has certain powers that humans do not possess (2 Thessalonian 2:9), he is powerless before God. “He [Christ] Himself … through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil” (Hebrews 2:14). And this same power, God has made available to His children to overcome the devil. “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).
And because of His unlimited power and infinite love that was exhibited on the cross, Christians can be assured that “nothing will be impossible” for the faithful (Matthew 17:20; Mark 9:23; Philippians 4:13). And the very fact that God is willing to use His omnipotence to help His children, should lead them always to repentance (Romans 2:4).
Being assured of God’s infinite power and love, believers can rejoice saying, we are “convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38,39).
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