The Deity of the Holy Spirit: Omnipotence

OMNIPOTENCE

Job 33:4 (CSB) — 4 The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

Psalm 104:30 (CSB) — 30 When you send your breath, they are created, and you renew the surface of the ground.

Romans 15:19 (CSB) — 19 by the power of miraculous signs and wonders, and by the power of God’s Spirit. As a result, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum.

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Scripture portrays the Spirit of God in the majestic work of creation, as being involved in sustaining all creation, and as being the one who advances the kingdom of God with power and mighty demonstrations of the wonders of God. These are his personal works as much as they are the works of the Father and the Son. He shares the divine works of Yahweh with all that he is and in all that he does.

One of the reasons that the Christian worldview believes that life is sacred is because we do not believe that life is some kind of accident, but rather, that life is an act of God that is accomplished by his divine power and loving will. There is life because God desired there to be life and was mighty in power to bring all the intricacies and complexities of life into existence. Even more than this, there remains life because God wills to sustain all things by his unfailing power. This is the bedrock of Christian confidence in God.

Paul’s writings to the Church in Rome demonstrate one of the most important theological concepts of the gospel: the gospel of Christ advances throughout this world by the mighty power of the Holy Spirit. He does not always do the same works over and over again, as many Christians today seem to wish, but he always advances the gospel with great power. When the word penetrates the heart and convicts the soul; when the enemies of the gospel fail to crush the children of God; and when the lost and hopeless are revived and given a living hope so that they shine with the radiance of God’s love, when these things happen we have seen the mighty demonstration of the Holy Spirit by which the dead are made living, and sinners are made righteous!

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