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The Attributes of God: Omnipotent

For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.
(Romans 11:36)

In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.
(Ephesians 1:11)

[God’s Son upholds] all things by the word of His power.
(Hebrews 1:3)

And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.”
(Mark 14:36)

“Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for you.”
(Jeremiah 32:7)

“With God all things are possible.”
(Matthew 19:26)

“But our God is in heaven; He does what He pleases.”
(Psalm 115:3)

God has the unlimited power to accomplish anything that can be accomplished — this is termed omnipotence. The things God does are neither difficult nor easy for God; they are only either done or not done. This is because difficulty is a factor that comes about only through the potential for not accomplishing a task. This does not apply to God for potentials do not apply to Him — only actuals. God’s power to do all that He desires is the fuel for the engine of sovereignty, which accomplishes His providence. A senseless challenge to God’s sovereignty is the question of whether He can make a rock so heavy that he couldn’t lift it. This is a senseless question because the feat requested is not a thing to be accomplished through power, but rather by contradiction of reality — the equivalent of asking whether Homer could write an epic so long that he couldn’t read it.


Other attributes we’ve discussed so far:

[This post is adapted from Blue Letter Bible’s Theological FAQs page.]