Jehovah?? <401926>Matthew 19:26 ? ?with God all things are possible.? E. G. Robinson, Christian Theology, 73 ? ?If all power in the universe is dependent on his creative will for its existence, it is impossible to conceive any limit to his power except that laid on it by his own will. But this is only negative proof; absolute omnipotence is not logically demonstrable, though readily enough recognized as a just conception of the infinite God, when propounded on the authority of a positive revelation.?
The omnipotence of God is illustrated by the work of the Holy Spirit, which in Scripture is compared to wind, water and fire. The ordinary manifestations of these elements afford no criterion of the effects they are able to produce. The rushing mighty wind at Pentecost was the analogue of the wind-Spirit who bore everything before him on the first day of creation ( <010102>Genesis 1:2; <430308>John 3:8; <440202>Acts 2:2). The pouring out of the Spirit is likened to the flood of Noah when the windows of heaven were opened and there was not room enough to receive that which fell (Hal. 3:10). And the baptism of the Holy Spirit is like the fire that shall destroy all impurity at the end of the world ( <400311>Matthew 3:11; <600307>1 Peter 3:7-13). See A. H. Strong, Christ in Creation, 307-310.
(a) Omnipotence does not imply power to do that which is not an object of power; as, for example that, which is self-contradictory or contradictory to the nature of God.
Self-contradictory things: ?facere factum infectum ? ?the making of a past event to have not occurred (hence the uselessness of praying: ?May it be that much good was done?); drawing a shorter than a straight line between two given points; putting two separate mountains together without a valley between them. Things contradictory to the nature of God: for God to lie, to sin, to die. To do such things would not imply power, but impotence. God has all the power that is consistent with infinite perfection ? all power to do what is worthy of himself. So man than this can say no greater thing: ?I dare do all that may become a man; who dares do more is none.? Even God cannot make wrong to be right, nor hatred of himself to be blessed. Some have held that the prevention of sin in a moral system is not an object of power, and therefore that God cannot prevent sin in a moral system. We hold the contrary; see this Compendium: Objections to the Doctrine of Decrees.
Dryden, Imitation of Horace, 3:29:71 ? ?Over the past not heaven itself has power; What has been has, and I have had my hour? ? words applied by Lord John Russell to his own career. Emerson, The Past: ?All is now secure and fast. Not the gods can shake the Past.? Sunday school scholar:
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