The Powers of God
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8)
In these days of rampant humanism, blatant materialism, and effete religionism, the very concept of an all-powerful God who created, controls, and judges all things seems anachronistic, but God is still there and is still the Almighty.
Three Greek words are translated “power” in Scripture—exousia (“authority”), dunamis (“ability”), and kratos (“strength”). Each is attributed in unlimited extent to God the Creator as incarnate in Christ the Redeemer. “All power [‘authority’] is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28:18). “For thine is the kingdom, and the power [‘ability’], and the glory, for ever” (Matthew 6:13). “That ye may know . . . the exceeding greatness of his power [‘ability’] to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power [‘strength’], Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power [‘authority’], and might, and dominion” (Ephesians 1:18-21).
He is the “Almighty God” of Abraham (Genesis 17:1), “the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 40:28). “Our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased” (Psalm 115:3).
God can do whatever He pleases, except anything contrary to His nature. He “cannot lie” (Titus 1:2), for He is “the truth” (John 14:6). His inspired Word is inerrant—“the scripture of truth” (Daniel 10:21). We can be certain that He did not “create” the world by evolution, for that would be contradicted both by His infallible Word and by His omnipotence. Being all-powerful, God would surely not create by such a cruel, inefficient process as evolution. HMM
Not Easily Silenced
Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also. Hebrews 13:3
Christians around the world are dying for their faith, and multitudes are suffering some of the most intense persecution in history. One believer in the nation of Eritrea was overheard asking, “Do our brothers in the rest of the world know how badly we’re suffering? Does the West even know we’re in prison and dying?”
It’s vital to stay informed about the persecuted church and to pray for our brothers and sisters who are behind bars, under the lash, and in some cases literally on the cross.
It’s also crucial to remain strong in the face of opposition we ourselves may encounter. The same devil who is trying to destroy the church in some areas is trying to intimidate Christians elsewhere. But believers are not easily silenced. We have the Gospel in our hearts, the Spirit in our souls, the Cross in our hands, and the return of Christ on our minds. We must stand strong in the face of opposition because Christ is returning for us soon.
Let’s pray for the persecuted church, and let’s preach the Word and hold high the Cross whatever the cost.
The completion of the Great Commission will include great suffering, but eternity will prove it is worth the price. David Platt, in the foreword to The Insanity of God
Recommended Reading: Hebrews 13:1-6