Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Devotion 13: Divine Omnipotence

In Mercy is God's Power Displayed

"But you have mercy on all
Because you can do all things"
Wisdom 11:23

It is interesting that an apocryphal book in the Catholic edition of the Bible understands (better than what is taught in Calvinism) the relation between God's omnipotence and His wrath -- there is none!

However, it is between God's omnipotence and mercy that we see a connection the text in the Wisdom of Solomon shows us:  God seeks to reveal His mercy to sinful men precisely because he is all-powerful.  God's display of mercy - His profound ability "to overlook the sins of men [in the hopes] that they repent" - expresses his omnipotence.

It was never God's intention to use wrath in order to display His glory and majesty, His attribute of omnipotence (Ezekiel 18:23,32; 2 Peter 3:9).  Rather, through extending mercy to sinners is the awesome majesty of the divine power revealed.

Just consider the Cross.

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