Charles Buck's Theological Dictionary

27 Omnipotence Of God


Is his almighty power. This is essential to his nature as an infinite, independent, and perfect being. The power of God is divided into absolute, and ordinate or actual. Absolute, is that whereby God is able to do that which he will not do, but is possible to be done. Ordinate is that whereby he doeth that which he hath decreed to do. The power of God may be more especially seen, 1. In creation, Rom. 1:20. Genesis 1.—2. In the preservation of his creatures, Heb. 1:3. Col. 1:16,17. Job 26.—3. In the redemption of men by Christ, Luke 1:35, 37. Eph. 1:19.—4. In the conversion of sinners, Psal. 110:3. 2 Cor. 4:7. Rom. 1:16.—5. In the continuation and success of the Gospel in the world, Matt. 13:31, 32.—6. In the final perseverance of the saints, 1 Pet. 1:5.—7. In the resurrection of the dead, 1 Cor. 15.—8. In making the righteous happy for ever, and punishing the wicked, Phil. 3:21. Matt. 25:34, &c.

Charles Buck (1771-1815) was an English Independent minister, best known for the publication of his “Theological Dictionary”. According to the “Dictionary of National Biography”, a Particular Baptist minister named John C. Ryland (1723-1792) assisted Buck by writing many of the articles for the aforementioned publication. One may conclude, based not only Buck’s admiration for his friend Ryland, but also on the entries in his Theological Dictionary, that he stood head and shoulders with the High-Calvinists of his day.

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Charles Buck's Theological Dictionary