The Power of God in Creation

Stephen Charnock: Existence and Attributes of God, p 35 ff.

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Job 38

God gives being and endowments to all things.

 

1 Chro. 29:11  Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.

Everything in heaven and in earth shows the greatness of his power, glory, victory, and majesty.

 

Psalm 150:1  Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. 

God’s power is conspicuously revealed in the glorious arch of the world.

By His Creative Power He is Distinguished from all Idols and False Gods.

Psalm 135:5,6   For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods. 6 Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.

Isaiah 45:12,16    I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded. 16 They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to confusion together that are makers of idols.

The world was made from nothing.:  Gen. 1:1,2.

1.       God created the heavens and the earth in the beginning of time.

2.       The creation of the heavens and the earth was the beginning of the creation of the world.

 

This creation of things from nothing speaks an infinite power.

Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

A greater distance cannot be imagined than that which is between nothing and something; that which hath no being and that which hath.

The distance between life and not life is next to that which is between being and not being.  Neither earth nor sea were capable of producing living creations without an infinite power working upon it, and bringing into it such variety and multitude of forms…..

The power of  God exceeds the power of all natural and rational agents.

Revelation 10:6   And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

All the united strength of nature cannot produce the least thing out of nothing.  The word which signifies creation, used in Gen. 1:1, is not ascribed to any second cause, but only to God; a word, in that sense, as incommunicable to anything else as the action it signifies.

God did all these things with the greatest facility and ease.

Isaiah 44:24   Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;

He had no engine, but his word; no pattern or model, but himself.  He created the world by a word, by a simple act of his will.  The whole creation is wrought by a word.

 

Jeremiah 10:11,16    Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens. 16 The portion of Jacob is not like them: for he is the former of all things; and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: The LORD of hosts is his name.

The creation of the soul of man is expressed by inspiration (Gen. 23:7); to show, that it is as easy with God to create a rational soul, as for man to breathe.  A mere voice, coming from an Omnipotent will, was capable to produce such varieties, which angels and men have seen in all ages of the world, and this without weariness.  What labor is there in willing? What pain could there be in speaking a word?  (Is. 40:28:  “The Creator of the ends of the earth is not weary.’

This power appears in the instantaneous production of things..

Psalm 8:3   When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

As soon as God spake the word “Let it be so” (Gen. 1), the answer immediately is, “It was so….”  “Let there be light, and there was light: in the Hebrew are the same words, without any alteration of the letter or point…to show, that the same instant of the speaking the Divine word, was the appearance of the creature: so great was the authority of His will.

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