Attribute of Infinite Power
If we are to think of God correctly we must realize that He possesses inherent-unlimited power. He is El shaddai, The Almighty God, Who rules His creation. The Hebrew word almighty is used only of God and occurs fifty-six times in Scripture. It unveils the Divine Being as omnipotent, having infinite power.
To Abraham Jehovah revealed Himself as The Almighty God – “When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, ‘I am God Almighty (El Shaddai)’” (Genesis 17:1 NIV).
To Moses Jehovah said – “I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by My Name the LORD (Yahweh, traditionally Jehovah, meaning I AM THAT I AM) I was not known to them” (Exodus 6:3 NKJV).
The prophet Jeremiah prayed according to God’s great power just as we should – “Ah, Lord GOD! It is You Who has made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for You” (Jeremiah 32:17 ESV).
To New Covenant Spirit-born believers the Almighty God gives a great and powerful promise – “‘I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters,’ says the LORD Almighty” (2 Corinthians 6:18 NKJV).
Jesus Christ is God Almighty in bodily form – “To Him Who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood and made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail (that is, mourn) on account of Him. Even so. Amen. ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘Who is and Who was and Who is to come, the Almighty (literally, ‘the all powerful One’)’” (Revelation 1:5b-8 ESV).
The bedrock of your journey of faith rests in God’s Almighty power and insures His faithfulness to accomplish your redemptive reconciliation to the very smallest detail.
It’s important to note there are two attributes of God, which are inherent in His other moral attributes: Divine holiness – God’s grace is holy grace, His love is holy love, His wrath is holy wrath, etc. And Divine power – God’s grace is powerful grace, His love is powerful love, His wrath is powerful wrath.
Stephen Charnock, the Puritan minister of the 1600s, in his superb book, The Existence and Attributes of God, writes, “The power of God gives activity to all the other perfections of His nature. As holiness is the beauty, so power is the life of all His attributes in their exercise; and as holiness, so power is an adjunct belonging to all, a term that may be given to all. God hath a powerful wisdom to attain His ends, without interruption. He hath a powerful mercy to remove our misery; a powerful justice to lay all misery upon offenders; He hath a powerful truth to perform His promises; an infinite power to bestow rewards and inflict penalties … His power is infinite, it cannot be resisted by anything that He hath made, nor can it be confined by anything He can will to make. His greatness is unsearchable – “Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom (it is beyond human comprehension)” (Psalm 145:3). It is greatness, not of quantity, but quality. The greatness of His power hath no end.”3
The unveiling of God’s mighty power was a colossal manifestation of fiat power – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). The Cosmos gives evidence of a Creator far beyond our capabilities to even begin to grasp the depths of this all-powerful Being – “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable” (Isaiah 40: 28 ESV). He simply spoke the Universe into existence – “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of His mouth … For He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it stood firm” (Psalm 33:6, 9). This eternal Being simply spoke the heavens and the earth into existence, and commanded the orderliness of His creation.
The inspired Texts reveal a Being without beginning or end, Who does not change in character or purpose, and possesses almighty power beyond human conception. Even the most sophisticated-technological computers would run out of mathematical calculations before reaching even a speck of the essence of such a Being! Yet this Divine Being comes to us in understandable terms. The two following texts help us realize that the God of the Sacred Scriptures cannot be contained by His creation, but contains the creation Himself – “Will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain You. How much less this temple I have built (referencing the temple King Solomon built) … Who is like the LORD our God, the One Who sits enthroned on high, Who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth?” (Psalm 113:6 NIV). I think it is safe to say that we do not know of any other being like the Creator unveiled in the Old and New Covenant Scriptures!
Or how much of the Divine omnipotence is revealed in the creation and sustaining of the macrocosm universe and the microcosm universe? When the scientific-technological-mathematical disciplines investigate, research, calculate, and make new discoveries, just how much evidence of God’s infinite power are they scrutinizing? The answer is – only a faint whisper of His infinite power – that is, all creation from its most powerful suns, to black holes, exploding stars, colliding galaxies – to the most delicate microscopic creature – only reveal a faint whisper of His Almighty power and wisdom – “These are but the outer fringe of His works; How faint the whisper we hear of Him! Who then (in the scientific-technological disciplines) can understand the thunder of His power?” (Job 26:14). In other words, there is more of God’s infinite power hidden than all of creation reveals – “LORD, I have heard of Your fame; I stand in awe of Your deeds, O LORD … Your glory covered the heavens and His praise fills the earth. Your splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from Your hand (the radiance of God’s glory), where His power was hidden” (Habakkuk 3:2-4).
Or how about the ongoing inflationary advancing of the Cosmos, that is, it’s continuing expansion? Long before science came up with the inflationary theory, the oldest book in the Old Covenant Scripture already attributed the expansion of the Cosmos to God Himself – “He stretches out (a present participle in Hebrew meaning a continuous action taking place) the north over the void and hangs the earth on nothing” (Job 26:7 ESV). The inflation of the Cosmos is a direct result of God’s creative plan and power – “He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in” (Isaiah 40:22 NIV). Even the Psalmist attributes the expansion of the Cosmos to God – “Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, You are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty, covering Yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent” (Psalm 104:1-2 ESV).
Or how about the God Who has given names to all the phenomena in the Cosmos, and simply looks upon all of them as a small herd of sheep – “‘To whom will you compare Me? Or who is My equal?’ says the Holy One. Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He Who brings out (like a shepherd) the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of His great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing (that is, God by His might power has placed a governing order within the universe)” (Isaiah 40:25-26 NIV).
Or how about the growth and power of nations on the stage of history – “The nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; God weighs the islands as though they were fine dust. Before Him all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by Him as worthless and less than nothing” (Isaiah 40:15, 17 NIV).
Or how about the powerful rulers and heads of state in the past and who are now exerting their power on people – “God brings princes to naught and reduces rulers of this world to nothing. No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown, no sooner do they take root in the ground, than He blows on them and they wither, and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff” (Isaiah 40:23-24 NIV).
The almighty Power of God over His creation is absolute! He always has the final word!
3Charnock, Stephen The Existence and Attributes of God, (Sovereign Grace Book Club: Ann Arbor, Michigan), 1969, 366, 369.
© Dr. Frederick Buckels