William Bradford Institute
for Study of the
Early Settlement of America

The Efficiency of God

by William Ames

1. The efficiency, or working power [efficientia], of God is that by
which he works all things in all things. Ephesians 1:11, "He who
works all things." Romans 11:36, "From Him, through Him, and in Him
are all things."

5. The meaning of that efficiency which pertains to God's essence is
his omnipotence.

9. The very will of God, as the effecting principle, is the cause
[ratio] of power. Romans 9:19, "Who has resisted His will?"

19. Absolute power is that by which God is able to do all things
possible although they may never be done. Matthew 3:9, "God can, of
these stones, raise up children of Abraham."

20. The ordaining power of God is that by which he not only can do
what he wills but actually does do what he wills. Psalm 115:3, "Our
God is in the heavens, He does whatsoever He wills." (cf. Psalm
135:6; Ephesians 3:11)

31. As for the boundary of the action, that aspect in which one
person's working or manner of working shines forth most clearly is
chiefly attributed to that person. So in the usual appropriation,
creation is attributed to the Father, redemption to the Son, and
sanctification to the Spirit.


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