by Steve Preston
“Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.”
This exchange between Pilate and Jesus (John 19:10-11) focused on power, the power that man thinks he possesses and the power of God. People tend to think that power comes from wealth, or societal status, or a position of authority. Some people think the president has the most power that any one man can have. To the Christian, however, true power is that which only God has. Let us look at a couple of things that the all-powerful God can do that man will never be able to do.
First, God has the power to create something out of nothing. Genesis 1:1 tells us, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” The significance of this verse is the first three words, “in the beginning”. The Bible mentions nothing of anything in the beginning except God. Man can make a lot of wondrous and amazing things, but he still has to start with something.
A scientist told God that man no longer needed him. “Man can do anything now, even create life by cloning,” says the scientist. God then challenges the scientist to a contest of making a man. They would both create a man, just like in the beginning. The scientist says “No problem, I can do that.” The scientist reaches to the ground to get some dust, and God says, “No, you must get your own dirt”. God can create something out of nothing but man cannot.
Second, God can cast the soul of a person into hell for eternity. All man can do is kill the body. In Matthew 10:28 Jesus tells us, “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.”
Man’s power over another is limited to the physical body. After we are dead, there is nothing that anybody (but God) can do to us.
If we live our life according to the will of God, then death should not be something that we are afraid of. In fact, the apostle Paul said that to die is gain (Philippians 1:21)!
In the thousands of years since the creation of man, human beings have not really gotten any smarter. We still seem to think that we can do anything. Gone is the reverence for our creator. Gone is the respect for authority.
As it was true for Pilate, so it is true today: we can “have no power at all” but that which “were given thee from above”. Man will always need God.
“It is not in man that walketh to direct his steps” (Jeremiah 10:23).
Steve publishes BibleTalk, published at http://freegroups.net/groups/bibletalk/. Article used by permission of the author.
The creation and the judgment show the true, unique power of God.