The Yes of God
November 22, 2014
According to the Bible, God is
- Good (Ps 143:10),
- Life (Deut 30:20),
- Love (1 John 4:8) ,
- Father/Mother (1 Chron 29:10/Is 66:13)
- Spirit (John 4:24),
- Truth (Deut 32:4),
- Omnipotent (Rev 19:6).
In addition to these all-encompassing facets of His character, the Scriptures imply that our Heavenly Father is intelligent, merciful, just, tender, strong, kind, and so on.
The very nature of God then, is a big NO to its opposite. Good is no to evil. Life is no to death. Love is no to fear and hate. Spirit is no to matter. Truth is no to error. Omnipotence is no to power sharing. This last one, especially, explains the reality of the rest of them. How so?
Omnipotence is from the Latin meaning all power. Not some power. Not shared power. Not occasional power. But all power. Therefore, Love must have all power leaving no room or place for its opposite. Good’s all power excludes anything unlike good. All powerful Truth doesn’t compete with any kind of error.
Jesus knew this and taught it, shifting his listeners away from believing in an arbitrary or vengeful deity. The Master raised the dead, walked on the water, fed the multitudes, and healed the sick through relying on the Omnipotent Yes of God. Isn’t that what the Lord’s Prayer makes plain? “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” (Matt 6:10) Mary Baker Eddy added this explanatory postscript to that line when she wrote “Enable us to know, – as in heaven, so on earth, – God is omnipotent, supreme.” (Science and Health page 17)
That Yes is still at work today although we seem to have lost site of it. But God’s power hasn’t changed or diminished (otherwise omnipotence would be the wrong word, don’t you think?). So let us regain our rightful understanding of the supremacy of the Almighty. Looking for and expecting to see the reality of the divine enables us to recognize it. And if we know He’s there we can safely and consistently rely on Him to meet all our needs.
The Yes of God is here and now and all.
Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link. If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.