Names of Jesus: Almighty
After diving into Jesus as the Alpha and the Omega, this week we dive deeper into this name by exploring what it has to do with Jesus as Almighty. This is yet again another name God uses to identify Himself that Jesus then uses to identify Himself and to acknowledge His divinity. As we explore Jesus as Almighty, we will also discover some confirmation of attributes we learn from some of His other names.
What does Almighty mean?
Looking back at the original Greek the word used for Almighty in Revelation 1:8 is pantokratōr (G3841). It means “he who holds sway over all things; the ruler of all; almighty: God”. Another way this word is translated is omnipotence, which speaks of God as all-powerful, and thus speaks of Jesus the same way.
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “the one who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”Revelation 1:8 CSB
Almighty and Omnipotent Christ
When we explored omnipotence previously we learned that Jesus is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. Jesus claiming the name of Almighty further confirms that He is in all of time and outside of time, He is all-knowing, and He is all-powerful. He is God, and holds the same divinity as God.
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,Hebrews 1:1-4 ESV
2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.
3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?Isaiah 40:28 ESV
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
Set apart for, through and by our Almighty Creator
Jesus Christ is Lord Almighty. He is omnipotent; all-powerful. He is the Creator of all things, and all things were created for His divine purposes. Those who are justified by their faith in Jesus are called to be set apart, different. Just as we are created through, by, and for Him, we are called to be set apart through, by and for Him – we are called to be different, to serve His purposes rather than conform to the world for its purposes.
16 For everything was created by him,Colossians 1:16 CSB
in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions
or rulers or authorities—
all things have been created through him and for him.
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace[a] with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.Romans 5:1-2 CSB
2 We have also obtained access through him by faith[b] into this grace in which we stand, and we boast[c] in the hope of the glory of God.
When we are justified by faith, we are then given God’s Holy Spirit who sanctifies us, making us more like Jesus, the Image of the Invisible God, and leading us to live in a manner worthy of Him. Once we have faith in Jesus as our Savior, we allow Him to transform us to become different and be made holy for Him. As we are made holy for Him, we begin to bear the fruits of His Spirit, grow in the knowledge of the Lord, and are strengthened by and in His Almighty power.
9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,Colossians 1:9-12 ESV
10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy;
12 giving thanks[a] to the Father, who has qualified you[b] to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
Living a life worthy of the Almighty leads to freedom from the bondage of sin, and allows the Almighty power of Christ to work in and through us to strengthen us against sin and temptation as only the Almighty can do. Those who strive for righteous living will seek the Kingdom of God first and one day inherit the Kingdom of God. Being set apart allows God to work in us, and to prepare us for eternity with Him.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.Colossians 3:1 ESV
More from this study series:
- Names of Jesus: Beloved Son of God
- Names of Jesus: Son of the Most High
- Names of Jesus: Lord of All
- Names of Jesus: Only Begotten Son of God
- Names of Jesus: Image of the Invisible God
- Names of Jesus: I Am
- Names of Jesus: Alpha and Omega
- Names of Jesus: Almighty
- Names of Jesus: King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Names of Jesus: Judge
- Names of Jesus: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace
Live worthy of the Almighty
Those who remain in their sin and neglect to have faith in the Almighty will focus on, seek, and conform to things of the world and inherit their reward from the world that perishes. Only those with faith in the Almighty will be saved and receive their promised Kingdom rewards.
9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous[a] will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,[b]1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ESV
10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
We are called to not be unequally yoked with unbelievers, but to focus on and build deep, personal relationships with the Almighty, first and foremost, as well as other believers. We are to be in the world but not of the world, meaning we are here to serve and glorify the Almighty rather than live for earthly passions, desires, and purposes.
19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of it, the world hates you.John 15:19 CSB
19 We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.1 John 5:19 ESV
Each believer is a dwelling place for the Lord – we should share His gospel and display His love to all the world, in the ways and works He has prepared and called for us to do, but we are to do so in a way that places the Almighty in His rightful place and priority in our lives. When we have faith in Jesus and strive to live worthy of Him we are sons and daughters of God and brothers and sisters of and coheirs with Jesus.
14 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
15 What accord has Christ with Belial?[a] Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?
16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said,
“I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them,2 Corinthians 6:14-18 ESV
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
17 Therefore go out from their midst,
and be separate from them, says the Lord,
and touch no unclean thing;
then I will welcome you,
18 and I will be a father to you,
and you shall be sons and daughters to me,
says the Lord Almighty.”
4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.2 Corinthians 4:4 ESV
Equip the Indwelling Almighty Power of Christ
As sons and daughters of God, He dwells in each of us and we should seek to bring the Almighty due glory and honor, and remember that those of the world do not live as we are called to. Nonbelievers are not held to the same standard we as believers are to be held, and are still bound by their sin. As Christ is Almighty, He is all-powerful and His power can break any bonds. His grace abounds and His power is all-encompassing. He has complete and total power and authority over all of creation, from the beginning to the end and on through eternity.
11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.Ephesians 6:11-20 ESV
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.
16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;
17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,
18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel,
20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
We are all fighting the same enemy and should use the gifts and tools the Almighty equips us with to combat this enemy and share this truth with those who have not yet accepted Christ in faith. We should grow closer to Him, learn from scripture, and pray for unbelievers that they too may come to know and have faith in Him, that they may be set free of the bondage to sin and experience the Almighty power of Jesus Christ for themselves.
Glory for the Almighty
Being in a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father through faith in Jesus, recognizing His divinity and authority as the Almighty, we should live in a state of worship and gratitude, seeking to learn more of Him, His ways, and the ways He wants us to live our lives. We should live in such a way that brings the Almighty glory and draws unbelievers to the truth, love, and glory of God.
23 By myself I have sworn;Isaiah 45:23 CSB
truth has gone from my mouth,
a word that will not be revoked:
Every knee will bow to me,
every tongue will swear allegiance.
9 For this reason God highly exalted himPhilippians 2:9-11 CSB
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
10 so that at the name of Jesus
every knee will bow—
in heaven and on earth
and under the earth—
11 and every tongue will confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
One day, everyone will recognize that Jesus Christ is the Almighty. He is the beginning and end, the first and last, the Alpha and the Omega, and one day every knee will bow and tongue confess that He is, in fact, Lord, that He is, in fact, the Almighty, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God. As He reveals Himself to all of creation, all of creation will eventually acknowledge Him as Soverign.
4 Lord, who will not fearRevelation 15:4 CSB
and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All the nations will come
and worship before you
because your righteous acts
have been revealed.
6 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,
“Hallelujah!Revelation 19:6 ESV
For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.
How can you share the truth, love, and glory of the Almighty with the people in your life? Share your testimony, stand firm in your faith, build habits and live in a manner that is set apart for the Lord and His glory. Pray for nonbelievers, and strive to obey the Lord and resist the tactics of the enemy. Tell us how we can pray for you, as well as who in your life we can lift up and pray for them to accept Jesus Christ in faith also.
Have you accepted the grace of God?
If you have not accepted the grace of God and chosen to believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I encourage you to pray to God now and invite Him in, accept Jesus as the sacrifice for your sins, and repent of your sins. Submit it all to God, lay it at His feet, seek the forgiveness of God, welcome Him into your life, and believe that Jesus died and rose again to save you from your sins.
If you would like to learn more about salvation, you can find a couple of studies that may help here:
- Names of Jesus: Savior
- Don’t Neglect Your Salvation
- Prayer of Salvation
- What is grace and why do we need it?
- What does it mean to be justified by grace?
- Don’t Reject God’s Grace
- Don’t Reject Christ
- Godly Women – what it means to live a godly life
- Redeemed Women – what it means to be redeemed
- What is Biblical Love?
- What are Spiritual Gifts?
- How to live in Spirit and Truth
- How to test what is pleasing to God
- Names of Jesus as the Son of God
- Names of Jesus as the Son of Man
- Names of Jesus as the Truth
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