Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 8 January, 2012
"Those that be planted in the house of the Lord
shall flourish in the courts of our God" (Ps. 92:13)
Morning Service - 11:00 AM
God’s Glorious Perfections (10)
The Omnipotence of God [download]
Scripture Reading: Job 25-26
In Our Consciousnesses
Psalms: 144:1-8; 119:33-40; 93:1-5; 62:6-11
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
The Profit of Believing [download]
Scripture Reading: Malachi 3
Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 23
Righteous in Jesus Christ!
Heir of Eternal Life!
Psalms: 61:1-6; 119:41-48; 103:12-18; 73:23-28
CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship services, contact
desire a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Stewart
Quote to Consider:
Augustine: "For if it were not a good
that evil should exist, its existence would not be permitted by the
omnipotent God, who without doubt can as easily refuse to permit what He
does not wish, as bring about what He does wish. And if we do not
believe this, the very first sentence of our creed is endangered,
wherein we profess to believe in God the Father Almighty. For He is not
truly called Almighty if He cannot do whatsoever He pleases, or if the
power of His almighty will is hindered by the will of any creature
whatsoever" (Enchiridion, xcvi).
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
Back table: Two Standard Bearers
(15 Dec., 1 Jan.) are available today. Free PRTJs are also
available. This is a special issue on the AV/KJV.
Sunday Catechism: 10 AM - O.T.
Monday Catechism: 6 PM - O.T.
Beginners (Alex & Nathan) 6:45 PM - O.T. Juniors (Jacob & Joseph) 7:30
PM - Heidelberg (Timothy, Zoe, Amy & Lea)
The Council meets tomorrow night at
Our Tuesday morning Bible study
meets at 11 AM. We will study Revelation 17:1ff. on the relationship
between the beast and the whore.
Belgic Confession Class meets
Wednesday at 7:45 PM. Continuing Article 12, we will consider the fall
of the demons (2).
The Ladies’ Discussion Group will
continue their study of the book Lies Women Believe, meeting this
Friday, 13 January, at 10 am to discuss chapter 5, part 1.
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast
next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) will be "The Conversion of
Ruth" (Ruth 1:7-18) by Rev. R. Kleyn.
On Wednesday, 25 January, Rev. Bill
Langerak will give a lecture here entitled, "The Bible’s
Identification of the Antichrist." Plan to attend and invite friends.
Reserve Friday, 27 January, for our
congregational dinner at the Adair Arms. A sign-up sheet is
available on the back table.
Offerings: General Fund: £543.12.
Building Fund: £302. Donations: £150, £200 (CDs), £50 (DVDs), £25
(DVDs), £10 (CR News).
Beginning tomorrow, the audio (MP3 format)
of Prof. Cammenga’s PR Seminary Interim course on "Contemporary
Roman Catholic Theology" will be available on-line. Each day’s lecture
and discussion will be found on the Seminary’s "Faculty" page through
the PRC website.
PRC News: Edgerton PRC will call from a new trio of Revs. R.
Kleyn, Marcus, and Spronk.
The Omnipotence of God
by Rev. H. Veldman,
(an excerpt from an article in the
Standard Bearer, vol. 26, pp. 57-59)
That the Lord is truly omnipotent,
almighty, is already implied in the names which the Scriptures ascribe
to Him. He is El and Elohim, the mighty God and the God Who is alone
worthy to be feared and to receive all adoration and praise. Scripture
also speaks of Him as El Shaddai, the Almighty One, Who is not merely
the mightiest but the almighty, the alone strong and mighty One. Or, we
read of Him as Adonai (Lord); this name implies that the Lord, as the
Creator and Possessor of all the earth, has the sole right to command,
and man has none other calling but to obey. Hence, this name also
signifies that the Lord is surely able to enforce His demands and
execute His will. And, familiar, I am sure, to most of us is the name,
El Tsebaoth (Lord of hosts), unto Whom are subject all the hosts of
heaven and earth, also the hosts of angels and the starry heavens, and
who is therefore exalted over all.
In Jeremiah 32:18 we read of the Lord as
the Great, the Mighty God, the Lord of hosts, "Thou shewest
lovingkindness unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the
fathers into the bosom of their children, after them: the Great, the
Mighty God, the Lord of hosts, is His name"; Job declares of Him in Job
9:4: "He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened
himself against Him, and hath prospered?"; in Deuteronomy 7:21 Moses
comforts Israel with the words: "Thou shalt not be affrighted at them:
for the Lord thy God is among you, a mighty God and terrible."; in
Isaiah 1:24 we read: "Therefore saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts, the
mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease Me of Mine adversaries, and avenge
Me of mine enemies:"; in Job 36:4 the writer declares: "Behold, God is
mighty, and despiseth not any: He is mighty in strength and wisdom."; in
Psalm 24:7-10 occur the well-known words: "Lift up your heads, O ye
gates; and be ye lifted up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory
shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty,
the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift
them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who
is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory.
Selah."; in Matthew 11:25 our Lord Jesus Christ speaks of the Lord as
"Father, Lord of heaven and earth."; and in Revelation 1:8 we read: "I
am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord,
Which is , and Which was, and Which is to come, the Almighty." All of
Holy Writ speaks of the Lord as the King of kings and Lord of lords, the
great King, the Lord Almighty, the blessed and only Potentate, Who alone
possesses authority and supreme majesty, Who alone rules and does all
things according to the counsel of His will ...
As the Omnipotent One the Lord has absolute
control of all things, also the powers of evil. He renders dumb and
enables one ot speak, kills and makes alive, redeems and destroys. This
is the teaching of the Word of God, e.g., in Exodus 4:11: "And the Lord
said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or
deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord?"—in Deuteronomy
32:39: "See now that I, even I, am He, and there is no god with Me: I
kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that
can deliver out of My hand."—I Samuel 2:6: "The Lord killeth, and maketh
alive: He bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up."—in II Kings 5:7:
"And it came to pass when the king of Israel had read the letter, that
he rent his clothes and said, Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that
this man doth send unto me to recover a man of leprosy? wherefore
consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me."—in
Exodus 15,—in Deut. 26:8, 29:2, 32:12 ... in Matt. 10:28: "And fear not
them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather
fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."—and in
Luke 12:20: "But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall
be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou has
Also, nothing can resist the Lord. This,
too, is verified by Holy Writ, as, e.g., in the Psalms 8, 18, 19, 29,
33, 104, Job 1, 2, 5:9-27, and in Rom. 9:19-21: "Thou wilt say then unto
me, Why doth He yet find fault? For who hath resisted His will? Nay,
but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the things
formed say to him that formed it, Why hast Thou made me thus? Hath not
the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto
honour, and another unto dishonour?"
Again, nothing is too wonderful for Him,
all things are possible for and by Him. Also this truth is everywhere
taught in the Scriptures, as, e.g., in Genesis 19:14: "Is anything too
hard for the Lord? At the time appointed I will return unto thee,
according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son."—in Jeremiah
32:27: "Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing
too hard for Me?"—in Zechariah 8:6: "Thus saith the Lord of hosts; If it
be marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days,
should it also be marvellous in mine eyes? saith the Lord of hosts"—in
Matthew 19:26: "But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this
is impossible; but with God all things are possible."—Luke 1:37: "For
with God nothing shall be impossible." And according to Isaiah 45:8 the
Lord created the day and the night, the light and the darkness, "I form
the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the
Lord do all these things."
The Lord also does all His good pleasure. This, too,
is taught throughout Scripture, as e.g., in Psalm 115:2: "But our God is
in the heavens: He hath done whatsoever He hath pleased."—in Isaiah
14:24: "The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought,
so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand."