God as omnipotent


[1 of 1] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "God, as omnipotent" (search under Beings/God)": source "True Christian Religion": detail "Section 58"
If the omnipotence of God, according to the prevailing belief of the times, be allowed to be absolute, and equally capable of effecting both good and evil, would it not be possible, yea, would it not be easy, for God to exalt the whole kingdom of hell into heaven, to change devils and satanical spirits into angels, and to purge every sinner upon earth in a moment from his sins, to renew, to sanctify, and to regenerate him, and to make him a child of grace instead of a child of wrath, in other words, to justify him merely by the application and imputation of the righteousness of his Son? But God, by virtue of his omnipotence, cannot effect such things, because they are contrary to the laws of his own order established in the universe, and at the same time contrary to the laws of order prescribed to every particular man, which require a mutual tendency to conjunction on both sides before God and man can be conjoined together. From this infatuated opinion and belief respecting the omnipotence of God, it would follow that God has the power to change the nature of a goat in any person into the nature of a sheep, and at his own good pleasure to remove him from his left hand to his right; or that he could, at his will, transmute the spirits of the dragon into angels of Michael, or give an eagle's sight to one who was intellectually as blind as a mole; or, in short, make a man a dove, who was before like an owl; all which things are out of God's power to effect, since they are contrary to the laws of his own order, notwithstanding his continual inclination and endeavor to effect them.