Omnipotence: Christ & the Gospel

In Hebrews 1 we see the claim of Scripture that Jesus Christ (as God) is in fact the One through whom the world was made. Then the text goes on to say in verse 3 that “He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power.” It is the Lord Jesus Christ who upholds the world this moment by the word of His power. Colossians also tells the same story. “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities– all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (1:16-17). To see the universe is to see what Christ as the eternal Logos has done. Jesus Christ is not just some form of Savior, He is the omnipotent Savior.

The doctrine of omnipotence as it relates to Christ will be seen in Christ if the deity of Christ is true. But of course it is true and so we see miracles throughout the life and then the resurrection of Christ. We can see the power of Christ over death when we see Him raising the dead. In John 11 the text tells us that Jesus remained where He was when He heard that Lazarus was sick (v. 6). He did this so that to the glory of God: “But when Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it” (v. 4). Then later on in the chapter Jesus said to Martha in v. 40: “Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” At least part of the glory that Jesus put on display was the power of God. When Jesus spoke the power of God was exerted and Lazarus came to life. The omnipotent power of God was displayed.

In Luke 8 we read where a man fell at the feet of Jesus and implored Him to come to his house because he had a daughter who was dying. When Jesus arrived at the house, the daughter was already dead. But Jesus took her by the hand and said, “Child, arise” (v. 54). The child got up immediately. When Jesus spoke and the omnipotence of God acted, whatever He desired happened. However it is that the soul of a person is collected from wherever it is and the chemical aspects of the body is moved as well; Jesus Christ had and has power over every aspect of life and death. The omnipotent power of God was glorified here as well.

In John 2 we have the miracle of Jesus turning water into wine. The people at the wedding party were running out of wine and so Jesus had the servants fill the pots with water. With power over the elements and whatever there is, He turned water into wine. When wine is made, it takes a while for the grapes to grow and then for the fermenting process to take place. But for the One who can call things into being, and not have a need for a process of creating, so there was no need of waiting here. It became wine without all the normal processes because of the power of the will of Christ. Nothing can resist His desires. On the other hand we see Christ feeding thousands with a few fish and a few loaves. He did not have to go through the process of breeding fish, catching them, cleaning them, and then cooking them. He did not have to go through the process of planting a seed and waiting for the grain to grow and then harvesting it. He did not have to wait to make dough and then cook it. He has the power to will anything to happen and it does.

Jesus the Christ is referred to as Lord over and over. On the last day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:9-11). In Matthew 28:18 Jesus says this to His disciples: “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” The word for authority is translated at various times as power. It means the power to act which is what authority is. All authority which is all power in heaven and earth was given to Christ. The human mind simply cannot even begin to grasp what that means. No matter what power there is in nature, Christ has power and authority over that. No matter what spiritual power there is, Christ has power and authority over that. He is in the most supreme sense the absolute and utter Lord of all. It is because of and on the basis of this power and authority that Jesus Christ commands His Church to go forth and make disciples of all nations.

The Gospel as power of God was set out in another BLOG. However, we can still look at one aspect. Colossians 1:13 teaches that “He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.” In this the power of God in rescuing sinners from the power of the evil one is seen. But the contrast with the power of the Son is seen. Believers are in the kingdom, that is, the reign and rule (power) or the Son. Once the believer is in that kingdom, s/he is absolutely safe. “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” The rest of Romans 8 declares “no.”

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