Holy Mighty God Almighty
I talked to you before about the phrase “Holy
God”, and we talked about God’s Holiness. And today
we continue our talk with this talk about God’s power
as in the phrase “Holy Mighty”.
And we rejoice in God’s power because His
power is in our favor and not against us.
There are strong people who use their power in
destroying, hurting, dominating, intimidating people
and threatening them. But God is Holy in His Might,
He is the Holy and the Mighty and we praise Him in
the Holiness of His might.
God is strong in His ability, strong in His Love,
strong in Hid forgiveness and baring, strong in His
humility and strong in all the good.
_Strong in His Ability_
This is because He is Almighty. And this is a
characteristic of God’s unique characteristics. No one
is almighty except God.
There are angels who are strong. And we say to
them in (Ps 103) “Bless the LORD, you His angels,
Who excel in strength”. But angels are not almighty.
And all their power originates from God himself. He is
one who grants them strength…
There are powerful humans, and apostles and
saints who do miracles. But this power is not from
them but from God who grants it. Therefore in the
miracle of healing the lame at the Beautiful Temple
Gate when people where amazed St Peter the Apostle
told them: “why do you marvel at this? Or why look
so intently at us, as though by our own power or
godliness we had made this man walk?” then he
directed their minds to the Lord Jesus Christ in whose
name the miracle was done (Act 3:12-16).
God is Almighty. And of God’s power: doing
miracles and wonders and they are many among
which we mention creation and raising the
Those two miracles are part of the belief of all
religions. And no one is capable of doing them except
God alone. And in spite of all what humans reached in
fascinating science no one is capable of creating. All
what the human can do is be a maker not a creator.
And he makes out of a material created by God. And
he uses in making it a mind that was given to him by
And so is raising the dead. No one is capable of
doing it except God alone. On death all human power,
science, geniuses and cleverness stand still. And
God’s power remain to be the only capable of raising
the dead not only a specific person but in the General
Raising Day He will raise all…
Added to that is His power to heal from
incurable diseases and disabilities.
His power to grant sight to the blind, heal the
deaf and the leper, cast out demons and return sanity
to the demon-possessed and epileptics.
And we also mention God’s power over
Like His power in rebuking the winds and sea,
dividing the Red Sea, bring water out of the rock,
sends Manna and Quails from heaven… And His ability
to bless the five loaves and the two fishes to feed
thousands of people.
And as God’s power revealed in doing miracles, it
also is apparent in rescuing His lovers.
God’s power was apparent in rescuing the three
young men from the Fiery Furnace.
… The young men in the Fiery Furnace. How did
God save them in this strong fire? But it did not burn
them “The fire did not have power over their bodies
and the hair of their head was not singed. They were
loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are
not hurt, and there was a fourth with them and the
form of the fourth is like the Son of God” (Dn 3:25-
27)… How wonderful is God’s power over fire…
Also Prophet Daniel who was cast in the den of
lions and they did not hurt him but he said: “My God
sent His angel and shut the lions' mouths” (Dn 6:22).
We add to this how God saved St Peter His Apostle
from prison (Act 12), and His Apostle St Paul from
prison too. And how God was with the young man
David in fighting Goliath the Giant when David said to
this giant: “This day the LORD will deliver you into my
hand” (1 S 17:46)… And David slung him with a stone
that God made it strike this giant in his forehead and
Truly as the chanter said in the psalm: “If it had not
been the LORD who was on our side, When men rose
up against us, Then they would have swallowed us
alive, When their wrath was kindled against us;” until
he said “Our soul has escaped as a bird from the
snare of the fowlers; The snare is broken, and we
have escaped. Our help is in the name of the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.” (Ps 123).
Truly, God is powerful in rescuing His lovers and
He also is strong in His Love.
_Strong in His Love_
Because of His love, He gave us the grace of
existence and so He created us while we did not exist.
And because of His strong love, He gave us the
blessing and gave us power over all the Earth
creatures. But more than this, out of His deep love to
us, He created us according to His Likeness.
And God’s continuous giving is another
evidence of His love…
He, in His love, gives us what we ask for and
even more that what we ask for. And He goes further
to giving us without us asking. And our of His love He
took care of us, sent us the Law and prophets and
opened for us the door of repentance when we sin.
We may love those who love us. But God
loved even those who resisted Him.
He loved sinners and led them to repentance. And
loved atheists and led them to faith. Loved those who
left Him and brought them back to Him. Loved all
people and prepared for them the road of salvation.
He loved Thomas who doubted His resurrection.
And appeared to Him and rescued him from his
doubts. He loved Peter who denied Him three times
and in tenderness and confirmed his apostolicism.
And He also loved those who crucified Him and said:
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they
do.” (Lk 23:34). And in this love He included forgiving
the robber who was crucified with Him and promised
him that this day he will be in Paradise with Him (Lk
It is a comprehensive love not only for His
disciples about whom was said that He: “loved His
own who were in the world, He loved them to the
end” (Jn 13:1). But it was God’s power in His love
that He loved the whole world and so was His
_Mighty in His Redemption_
His redemption originated from His love and He
said: “love has no one than this, than to lay down
one's life for his friends” (Jn 15:13). And it was said:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should
not perish but have everlasting life” (Jn 3:16). And it
was also said: “In this is love, not that we loved God,
but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the
propitiation for our sins” (1 Jn 4:10).
The power of God’s redemption was in His love to
us and because it was a sufficient redemption to
forgive all sins of all people in all ages.
Also the redemption’s strength was shown
in His humility.
Because for our redemption He “made Himself of
no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and
coming in the likeness of men. 8And being found in
appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and
became obedient to the point of death, even the
death of the cross.” (Phil 2:7,8).
And here we mention another point in His power
which is His bearing.
_Strong in His Bearing_
We say about Him in the Divine Liturgy: “You
bore the oppression of the evil” because He bore the
bitter criticism and evil accusations that was directed
They accused Him of being “a glutton and a
winebibber” and that He is “a friend of tax collectors
and sinners”. He was also accused of being the Law
destroyer, that He did not keep the Saturday, He is
against Caesar and that He casts out demons by
Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons. Imagine that
they even went far to the extent of saying to Him:
“Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and
have a demon?” (Jn 8:48)!!
All without Him answering back setting a
punishment that they deserve but He was as prophet
Isaiah said about Him in his prophecy: “He was
oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not
His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He
opened not His mouth” (Is 53:7).
He also bared their challenges at the crucifix
time: “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If
He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from
the cross, and we will believe Him.”, “You who
destroy the temple and build it in three days, save
Yourself” (Mt 27:40-43).
In strength He bared scourging, slapping on His
face and mocking and He did not hide His face from
the shame of spitting. He bared thorns, nails and
disgrace. He bared the betrayal of those to whom He
made good, they all left Him and requested His
crucifix. He also bared the passions of the cross and
all what was said about Him in psalm 22.
Therefore we praise Him in the Holy Week (the
Passions Week) and say at every hour “You have the
power, the glory, …”.
And He was powerful in forgiving sins which does
not go with His nature as the Holy:
_Strong in His Forgiveness_
He forgave all sine Adam and Eve across ages till
the end of days, His forgiveness is given to all those
who believe in Him and repent.
He forgave the Soldier Longinus who pierced His
side with a spear when He was on the cross, and lead
him to faith and martyrdom and his name was
mentioned in the Synexarion. And so to Arianus the
governor of Antinoe (Ansena) the severest prosecutor
to the church, during the time of Emperor Diocletian
(Diqlidianus), and became himself a martyr and his
name was mentioned in the Synexarion as one.
And in the power of His forgiveness He gave
forgiveness to the prostitute who washed His feet
with her tears (Lk 7), and to the woman who was
caught in adultery (Jn 8). He forgave Zacchaeus the
chief tax collector and came to his house and said:
“Today salvation has come to this house” (Lk 19:9).
And forgave those who repented and converted them
to saints like St Augustine, Moses the Black, the
Coptic Mariam, Bilagia and many others who were like
He truly is powerful in His forgiveness. He forgave
in the past ad still is forgiving…
He forgave communists who denied His existence
and lead them to believe in Him and forgave those
who came to Him on the eleventh hour (Mt 20:9) and
became a symbol of those who repent at the end of
their lives like the right hand robber…
_God’s Children are Powerful_
Finally if God is powerful this much in
everything then we must be also powerful
because we were created on His Likeness and
because we are His children.
God’s children are supposed to be strong and this
does not contradict with the fact that they can be
humble and gentle. Humility is powerful. They can be
strong in personality, in their good behavior in no
pride, arrogance or vanity.
Strong in facing sin and defeating it, as St
Peter the apostle says “Be sober, be vigilant; because
your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring
lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him,
steadfast in the faith” (1 P 5:8,9).
And even youths, St John the apostle commends
their strength and behavior and says: “I have written
to you, young men, Because you are strong, and the
word of God abides in you, And you have overcome
the wicked one.” (1 Jn 2:14).
Truly, the life of righteousness requires us to be
strong. And the virtue of self-control needs strength.
And steadfastness in God requires strength. So be
Be also strong in your service and in building
Then you will have the strength of the word and
its effect on others. And your Holy lives will have the
power of attracting others to the life of holiness.
And in serving others you will have the strong
love that takes care of every soul and its salvation.
So you may love people as God loved you and as He
loves them too and say with St Paul the apostle “Who
is made to stumble, and I do not burn with
indignation?” (2 Co 11:29).
You will have strength in giving and sacrificing.
You will also have strength in bearing as St Paul
the apostle said: “We then who are strong ought to
bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please
ourselves” (Ro 15:1). This is because the one who
bears is the strong certainly. But the one who does
not bare and gets angry and furious is weak from
God’s children were strong and so were the
We remember St Athanasious the apostolic who
strongly defended faith and bore being exiled more
than ones and the Arians conspiracies until it was said
to him: The world is against you. And he answered:
and I am against the world. And they gave him the
title “Contra Mondum”. And yet he remained strong
and steady until he delivered to us the faith safely.
Also St Stephen the first deacon was steady in
preaching Christianity to the extent that he stood in
front of three Synagogues of Philosophers and it was
said in this that “they were not able to resist the
wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke” (Acts
6:10). He was also strong in his martyrdom for as he
was dying he said about those who stoned him:
“Lord, do not charge them with this sin” (Acts 7:60).
And he was also strong in his spiritualities and it was
said about him that during his trial: “all who sat in the
council, looking steadfastly at him, saw his face as
the face of an angel” (Acts 6:15).
There is also the strong personality and the
strong relation with God from which you gain all
strength as St Paul the Apostle said:
“I can do all things through Christ who
strengthens me.” (Phil 4:13)
And as the Lord Jesus Christ promised: “all things
are possible to him who believes” (Mk 9:23). So if
you have strength in your faith then you will have all
things possible in God’s grace that works in you. And
as you gain more power become more humble
because the power does not come from you but from
God who grants it.
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