About the Author

Thomas Ray Floyd was born in 1953 in Simpson County, Mississippi, the son of Roy Thomas Floyd and Lina Sue Shows Floyd. Thomas Ray's mother was a member of a Primitive Baptist church, and he cut his teeth on the doctrines of distinguishing grace.

When he was a small boy, his father was converted to Christ and became a member of a Missionary Baptist Church. Thomas Ray joined the church of his father when he was 13 years old, and thought of himself as a Christian. The doctrines of grace that he had heard as a child continued to be precious to him and when he became an adult, he joined a Primitive Baptist Church. When he was 27, Thomas Ray made his first effort to preach the gospel in public and was ordained to the full functions of the ministry in 1985. In 1986 he was convinced under the preaching of Rolfe Barnard (by tapes from Mt. Olive Tape Library), the written sermons of Spurgeon, and the ministry of Elder Zack Guess that he had been a false professor and cried out in agony of soul to the Lord Jesus Christ to have mercy and truly save him. And He did! Floyd then began to preach the gospel as he had been taught of the Lord.

Floyd has pastored churches in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee and until recently was pastor of a church plant known as "Particular Baptist Fellowship." He and his wife Brenda presently attend Zion Baptist Church at Polkville, Mississippi, pastored by Elder Glen Hopkins. The pulpit ministry of Zion Baptist Church can be heard at Sermonaudio.com.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Omnipotence of God

(Article for publication week of 6-16-2010 AD)

"Ah Lord God! behold Thou hast made the heaven and the earth by Thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for Thee" (Jeremiah 32:17).

There is nothing too hard for God, for He is all-powerful, or omnipotent. There is no limitation to His great power. When God promised Abraham and Sarah a son in their old age, He confirmed His promise to them and answered their doubts by asking them, "is anything too hard for the Lord?" Our Lord told His disciples in Matthew 19:26,"all things are possible with God."

One of the great proofs of the Deity of Christ is His omnipotence. In Matthew 28:18, our Lord said "all power is given unto me in heaven and earth." As we write on the attributes of God for the next several months, we will notice from time to time how that the Lord Jesus Christ has the incommunicable attributes of God, proving that He is God.

The omnipotence of God is shown first of all by His creation of the universe. God created the heavens and the earth out of nothing. The only reasonable account of the beginning of the world and of man is found in the first two chapters of the Bible where we read that God created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them in six literal twenty-four hour days. Everyone who rejects the Biblical account of creation is unsaved and will perish in hell. You do not show yourself to be smart by rejecting the Genesis account of creation, on the other hand you show yourself to be very stupid. You read right- I said you are stupid if you do not believe in the creation of the universe in six literal days by an omnipotent God. Worse than being stupid, you are lost world without end. You are in the gall of bitterness and the bond of iniquity. Your problem is worse than ignorance, it is rebellion.

Secondly, the omnipotence of God is shown by His governance of the world. Colossians 1:17 says that by Him all things consist, or held together. Every atomic particle is held in its proper place by the Omnipotent God. There is not a misplaced atom in the universe. God actively governs His creation. Acts 17:28 says it is in God that we "live and move and have our being." The omnipotent God gave you your life. He is keeping you alive. And when He is ready He will end your life. If you do not now believe in the omnipotence of God, you will when He is pleased to end your life. You will see then that God has all power, and you have none. And if you die in your sins, you will feel the omnipotence of God as He sends you to hell. You will see then that you are a helpless worm in the hands of an all powerful God.

But the most glorious display of the omnipotence of God is in the salvation of sinners. Ephesians 1:19 says that we believe "according to the working of His mighty power." When a poor sinner is saved it is the work of the Triune God. Poor sinner you are powerless to save yourself, or help save yourself. But the God of the Bible has power to save. The thing that is impossible with you is possible with God. May He spare you before it is too late.

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