Biblical Principle #16: God is All-Powerful

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God is all-powerful.


The Bible asserts that GOD is all-powerful. Another way of expressing this is that GOD is sovereign or omnipotent.

This principle makes logical sense, given the following truths we’ve already covered:

The scientific law of the conservation of matter says that matter is neither created nor destroyed. It simply changes forms. But, logically, if we were able to trace those changes in form back to their first change, what happened before that first change? How did the matter get there in the first place?

Every intellectually honest person knows that something doesn’t come from nothing. To believe otherwise is stupid.

Logically, there had to be something that always existed, some life force … some power that began the string of changes we now observe.

That something is GOD.

The Scriptures are full of references to GOD’s all-powerful nature. Here are a few:

1:1 In the beginning God made heaven and earth. … 3Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

2:1 Thus heaven and earth and all their adornment were finished. 2 And on the seventh day God finished the works He made, and He rested on the seventh day from all the works He made.

Genesis 1:1, 3; 2:1-2 OSB

32 “For ask now concerning former days, before your day, in which God created man on the earth, and ask from one end of heaven to the other whether any great thing like this has happened, or anything like it has been heard. 33 Did any people ever hear the voice of the living God speaking from the midst of the fire, in the manner you heard, and live? 34 Or did God ever try to go and take for Himself a nation from the midst of another nation, in testing, signs, wonders, and war, and by a mighty hand and outstretched arm, and by great visions, according to all the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? 35 To you it was shown that you might know the Lord your God is God; there is none other besides Him.

Deuteronomy 4:32-35 OSB

17 For the Lord your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe.

Deuteronomy 10:17 OSB

Because GOD is all-powerful, when He decides something shall be a particular way, there is no force that can overturn His will.

Consider this example from the prophet Isaiah. GOD promised to vindicate His children who were going to suffer because of Israel’s wickedness, according to the earlier prophecy from Isaiah. But look at how GOD described His power in executing His will:

22 Thus says the Lord: “Behold, I lift My hand to the Gentiles, and I will set up My signal to the islands. They shall bring your sons in their bosom, and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders. 23 Kings shall be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers. They shall bow down to you upon the face of the earth, and lick up the dust of your feet. Then you will know I am the Lord, and you will not be ashamed. 24 Will someone take spoils from a mighty man? If anyone should take someone captive unjustly, will that one be saved?” 25 Thus says the Lord: “If someone should take a mighty man captive, he will also take his spoils; and he will also save the one taken captive by that strong man. For I will plead your cause and deliver your children. 26 Those who oppressed you will eat their own flesh and drink their own blood as new wine; and all flesh shall perceive that I am the Lord, who delivers you and supports the strength of Jacob.”

Isaiah 49:22-26 OSB

Earlier in Isaiah, GOD had made this truth even more clear:

22 “For I will rise up against them,” says the Lord of hosts, “and I will destroy their name, their remnant and their seed”—so says the Lord— 23 “and I will make Babylon a desert, that hedgehogs may dwell there; and it shall come to nothing; and I will make it a pit of clay for destruction.” 24 Thus says the Lord of hosts: “As I said, so it shall come to pass. As I purposed, so it shall remain— 25 to destroy the Assyrians in My land and on My mountains. They shall be for trampling underfoot, and their yoke shall be taken away; and their renown shall be removed from their shoulders.” 26 This is the purpose the Lord purposed upon all the inhabited world. His hand is lifted up over all the nations of the inhabited earth. 27 For who will reject what the holy God purposed? Who will turn away His uplifted hand?

Isaiah 14:22-27 OSB

Who can overcome the One who spoke them into existence, formed them in the womb, sustains their life by His own power and grants to them but a brief moment on earth’s stage?

No one.

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