If God is all-powerful why is there so much pain in the world? If God is all-powerful why is there a heaven and a hell? If God is all-powerful wouldn't He have the ability to save everyone, regardless of their choices or the life they live?
What if there were things God could NOT do? Would you think He was something less than He is? If there were things God could not do would that make you want to pursue Him more or less?
Everything begins with definitions. There is a huge debate in regards to whether God is all powerful or not. You may have heard the phrase "God is sovereign," but what does it mean? Does it mean God can control us, and His Will will happen through us, regardless of our choices?
Do you want the answers to these questions?...
DOCTRINE #18: OMNIPOTENT
God is the "all ruling". God is sovereign. God is the ultimate ruler Who doesn't answer to anyone. This does not mean that God can make anything happen. God cannot be contradictory. According to the Bible, God being able to make anything happen is a separate issue from "omnipotent"; and is contradictory and therefore, impossible.
Question: Do you believe God is something more or something less because there are things He cannot do?
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"6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunders, saying, Hallelujah: for the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigneth." (Revelation 19:6)
(Here was this verse in the King James Version...)
"6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth." (Revelation 19:6, KJV)
(This was the only usage of the word "omnipotent" in the King James Version of the Bible. The word was Strong's 3841 - pantokratōr. It meant "the all ruling". This did not mean God could do anything. It meant at this point in the Book of Revelation, God will be reigning over everything, there will be no other ruler. This does not mean we lose our free will in eternity and God makes everything happen. What scenario is more amazing to you, forcing someone to be with you, or them choosing to be with you? Let's look at verses that contradict this man-made doctrine...)
"1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness,
2 in hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before times eternal;
3 but in his own seasons manifested his word in the message, wherewith I was intrusted according to the commandment of God our Saviour;
4 to Titus, my true child after a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Saviour." (Titus 1:1-4)
(God cannot lie. This should provide hope for us. Why would this cause you to hope? Because when God says something, we can believe Him. This didn't say God could lie but doesn't. God is unable to lie. This wasn't the only place this was stated...)
"17 Wherein God, being minded to show more abundantly unto the heirs of the promise the immutability of his counsel, interposed with an oath;
18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have a strong encouragement, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us:
19 which we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and stedfast and entering into that which is within the veil;
20 whither as a forerunner Jesus entered for us, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek." (Hebrews 6:17-20)
(This verse stated it is IMPOSSIBLE for God to lie. Here's another thing it is IMPOSSIBLE for God to do: God cannot cease to exist. God is eternal. In fact, the scripture said that we should have a strong encouragement and hope because God cannot lie. Imagine the power of being around someone who couldn't tell a lie. How would you act differently in their presence? Why would people think that God is something less if He cannot lie? If God could lie, how would you know if He was telling the truth, or lying? God's "yes" MEANS "yes." Here's another verse showing something God couldn't do...)
"4 Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, that they knew not, they and their fathers and the kings of Judah; and have filled this place with the blood of innocents,
5 and have built the high places of Baal, to burn their sons in the fire for burnt-offerings unto Baal; which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind:
6 therefore, behold, the days come, saith Jehovah, that this place shall no more be called Topheth, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom, but The valley of Slaughter." (Jeremiah 19:4-6)
(These things that the people did, didn't come to God's Mind. God is looking for causes and then immediately knows the effects. Think about it, why would God consider that His People, who follow His Law, would murder their own children in worship of other god's? Especially considering that He was their source of profitability! It's like a parent telling their grown son or daughter not to cut their arm off and eat it! Its ridiculous! There are things the Bible stated God cannot do. We will look at these more closely when we look at God's Identity.)
"27 Behold, I am Jehovah, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?" (Jeremiah 32:27)
(People who believe that God can do anything point to this passage. Actually, the Hebrew word for "anything" was Strong's 1697 - dabar. This word meant "speech, words". God was actually asking if anything was too hard for Him to speak.)
"24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
25 And when the disciples heard it, they were astonished exceedingly, saying, Who then can be saved?
26 And Jesus looking upon them said to them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:24-26)
(People also point to this passage. Actually, the Greek word for "all things" was Strong's 3956 - pas. This meant "all persons taken individually". In the New Testament, there were 1243 usages of this word and it did not mean the entirety. For example, this word was used in Matthew 3:5. "5 Then went out unto him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about the Jordan;" didn't mean the entirety of Judea went out to Jesus. God can fill any need that someone has if that same person has a desire for Him to fill it.)
"18And will be to you a Father, And ye shall be to me sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." (2 Corinthians 6:18)
(This was the only usage of pantokratōr in the New Testament that was not in the Book of Revelation. This didn't state God could do anything. Again, in these passages the word "Almighty" meant "all-ruling", and that God does not answer to anyone... He is the highest! Here were the rest of the usages...)
"8 I am the Alpha and the Omega, saith the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." (Revelation 1:8)
"8 And the four living creatures, having each one of them six wings, are full of eyes round about and within: and they have no rest day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come. (Revelation 4:8)
"16 And the four and twenty elders, who sit before God on their thrones, fell upon their faces and worshipped God,
17 saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who art and who wast; because thou hast taken thy great power, and didst reign." (Revelation 11:16-17)
"3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, O Lord God, the Almighty; righteous and true are thy ways, thou King of the ages." (Revelation 15:3)
"7 And I heard the altar saying, Yea, O Lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments." (Revelation 16:7)
"13 And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits, as it were frogs:
14 for they are spirits of demons, working signs; which go forth unto the kings of the whole world, to gather them together unto the war of the great day of God, the Almighty." (Revelation 16:13-14)
"15 And out of his mouth proceedeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness of the wrath of God, the Almighty." (Revelation 19:15)
"22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God the Almighty, and the Lamb, are the temple thereof." (Revelation 21:22)
As you have grown from information that you have learned, what does that information cause you to do? Do the things that you learn, and grow in, and pursue, feel more and more real to you the harder you pursue it? Why would your belief in God be something less than that? If God couldn't lie, or force you to do something, wouldn't you have hope that what He says He means, and when you come towards Him He is thrilled!
Have you ever heard someone say, "The more I learn about God, the farther away He seems to me. So, I'm content with what I BELIEVE. Thanks for the offer."
Belief is something that can grow and grow and grow. What if I told you the sun wasn't going to come up tomorrow? I believe you would have a quiet and confident retort. If your belief in God could be so deep, that it supersedes your belief in the sun, would you want it? We all believe in someone or something, do you know what "belief" is?