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The power of God



(Stephen Charnock, 1628-1680)

“And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing:

and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven,

and among the inhabitants of the earth:

and none can stay his hand, or say unto him,

What doest thou?” Daniel 4:35


The power of God
is that ability and strength whereby
He can bring to pass whatever He pleases, whatever His
infinite wisdom may direct, and whatever the infinite purity
of His will may resolve. As holiness is the beauty of all God's
attributes; so power is that which gives life and action to all
the perfections of the divine nature. How vain would be the
eternal decrees, if power did not step in to execute them.
Without power

      His mercy would be but feeble pity,
      His promises an empty sound,
      His threatenings a mere scarecrow.
God's power is like Himself
infinite, eternal,
incomprehensible; it can neither be checked,
restrained, nor frustrated by the creature.

As His essence . . .
      is immense
not to be confined in place;
      as it is eternal
not to be measured in time;
      so it is almighty
not to be limited in regard of action.


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