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Almighty

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” -Revelation 1:8

Almighty is one of those terms that we only come close defining but in the end come up lacking.  It is a word that involves infinity and therefore, incomprehensibility.  The word in the Greek literally means “all power”.  Try and wrap your mind around that one.  God is all power.  How much is that?  What scale should we use to measure it?  Is it sheer physical power?  Is it more like political power?  Is it mental power?  Is it the power of long-suffering love?  To all of these things we answer “yes”.

I had a math professor in High School who tried to demonstrate the concept of infinity to us.  He began drawing a line on the chalk board.  He wrote off the chalk board and along the classroom wall.  He kept writing along the wall, out the door, and down the hall.  He didn’t come back for the rest of the class.  Pedantic as it is, that scratches the surface of Almighty.

So when you are tempted to call on God as “the Almighty” take a moment of pause and realize what it is you are doing.  Turn your eyes to the cross and see there the clearest illustration of “all power”.  Jesus was powerful enough to love when it cost him everything.  God was powerful to will and to pay the cost to redeem a poor wretch like me–who remains a poor wretch, by the way.  He now is powerful enough to apply that all-cross-power to the hearts of sinners, reversing death in them, and leading them to repentance and faith.

God is indeed Almighty.  But that doesn’t even say the half of it.

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Written by Joe Holland

October 31, 2008 at 8:45 pm

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