Omnipotence an attribute of God alone, and essential to his nature as an infinite, independent, and perfect Being. Among the distinct declarations of Scripture attributing such power to God are the following: Ge 17:1; Ex 15:11-12; De 3:24; 1Sa 14:6; Ps 62:11; Ps 65:6; Ps 147:5; Da 4:35; Mt 6:13; Mt 19:26; Eph 3:20; Re 19:6. It is also clearly expressed in the epithet Shaddai (q.v.), often applied to him in the O.T. The power of God is especially evinced:

1. In creation (Ge 1:1; Ro 1:20);

2. In the preservation of his creatures (Heb 1:3; Col 1:16-17);

Bible concordance for OMNIPOTENCE.

3. In the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ (Lu 1:35,37; Eph 1:19);

4. In the conversion of sinners (Ps 110:3; 2Co 4:7);

Definition of omnipotence

5. In the continuation and success of the Gospel in the world (Mt 13:31-32);

6. In the preservation of the saints (1Pe 1:5);

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7. In the resurrection of the dead (1 Corinthians ch. 15);

8. In making the righteous happy forever, and in punishing the wicked (Mt 25:34; Php 3:20-21). This power is only limited by God's own holy nature, which renders it impossible for him to do wrong (Nu 23:19; Heb 6:18), and by the laws of possibility which he has himself created in the nature of things; in other words, we cannot conceive of his performing either a metaphysical or a moral contradiction. See Cocker, Theistic Conception of the World (N.Y. 1876, 12mo), p. 355 sq.; Malcom, Theol. Index, s.v.; Haag, Histoire des Dogmes Chretiens, 1:291; 2:16 sq., 139 sq., 147. SEE LAW.

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