Analyzing The Omnipotence & Omnipresence Of God

The first thing we have to understand when researching the omni-ness of God is that we know nothing about it. We may think we understand it but really, we don’t. Our vague notions of understanding don’t even come close to grasping the subject. Many Christians talk about the omnipotence & omnipresence of God as a given, tossing a few scriptures here and there, while never bothering to define what they actually mean by it.

Let’s talk about it. Let’s talk about what we mean by “omnipresence” and “omnipotence” and define it. Then, let’s actually discuss where our human definitions fall

Omnipotence is defined as the characteristic of being “all powerful”. The word is used to describe that nature of God and Christ that is all knowing and has all authority. Omnipresence is the ubiquitous property of being present everywhere at the same time. We use both these characteristics to describe God because they could only describe God. No man could be omnipresent and no man could be omnipotent.

Do the scriptures support the Omnipotence of God?

What does the Bible say about the omnipotence of God? Let’s look at a few Bible verses on the matter:

Ps 147:5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

When it comes to man, we can take it one step further. The book of Proverbs tell us:

Pr 21:1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

There a huge discussion on free will that can be had in the above verse but one can not dispute that God’s soveriegnty is declared in the verse. There are numerous other verses that declare God’s omnipotence but, for sake of brevity, I’ll leave it at the above two verses.

Do the scriptures support the Omnipresence of God?

As for the omnipresence of God, the scriptures likewise support that concept (and fully):

Jer 23:24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.

And yet, even more in the Psalms:

PS 139:8 If I ascend up into heave, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

Just like the verses on omnipotence, I have left off many for the sake of bevity. Both the old and new testaments contain many such verses and a simple google will give you plenty of examples if you want more.

What do we not know about the Omni-ness of of God?

So, why did I bother writing an article about the omnipotence and omnipresence of God when it seems to be quoted so matter of factly in the scriptures? Well, because it’s not as simple as we would like it to be.

The first thing I said in this writing was that we have to understand that we know nothing about the omni-ness of God. I meant it and I’m going to scripturally illustrate that fact.

To highlight my point, I’m going use Jesus Christ, who is God, Creator of the heavens and earth as my example. I’ve defended the Godhead elsewhere so I won’t rehash that here, but for purposes of this analysis, just hold the concept of Jesus as God in your head. Got it? Good.

Jesus is God. God is Omni-everything (at least as we understand it). But uh oh…. houston, we have a problem.

Matt 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

God doesn’t know when God is coming back.

See the problem? I don’t dispute the omnipotence of God nor his omnipresence. His wisdom and power are beyond my finite mind. All I know is that it’s more than I can know and if I presume to have it figured out, then I really don’t know anything at all.

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