In answer to your question I would first like to give the definition for omnipotent.
omnipotent adjective 1 almighty, all-powerful, omnipotent having unlimited power
almighty adjective 1 almighty all-powerful, omnipotent having unlimited power
Merriam Webster Dictionary writes:
Omnipotent 1 often capitalized : ALMIGHTY 1 2 : having virtually unlimited authority or influence
Almighty 1 often capitalized : having absolute power over all 2 : relatively unlimited in power 3 : great in magnitude or seriousness
Taking into account the definitions, there are several instances where reference is made that God is omnipotent.
El Shaddai(el shad-di') All-Sufficient One, Lord God Almighty
Genesis 17:1 …the LORD appeared to him and said, "I am God Almighty…
Gen 35:11 Ànd God said to him, I am God Almighty…
Rev 19:6 …For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
El Olam (el o-lawm') The Everlasting God, The God of Eternity, The God of the Universe, The God of Ancient Days
El is another name that is translated as "God" and can be used in conjunction with other words to designate various aspects of God's character. Olam derives from the root word 'lm (which means "eternity"). Olam literally means "forever," "eternity," or "everlasting". When the two words are combined — El Olam — it can be translated as "The Eternal God."
Gen21:33 …called there on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God.
Jer10:10 …the living God, and an everlasting king…
Yahwehin the Septuagint: kurios — Lord, Master despotês — Lord, Master, denoting the omnipotence of God (TDNT), despot, absolute ruler
quote:Do you read the usage as people truly claiming that God IS omnipotent or just calling him most powerful like we call government officials Honorable?
Generally I take the usage throughout the bible, to people making reference to Him as being all powerful/omnipotent. However I believe the premise for this opinion is taken from Gods words to Abraham and Jacob.
Genesis 17:1 "…the LORD appeared to him and said, "I am God Almighty…"
God spoke to Abraham
Gen 35:11 "Ànd God said to him, I am God Almighty…"
God spoke to Jacob
The only other place I can find where God directly calls himself Almighty, is to John in Revelations 1:8. "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty."
I should add I find it ironic, that it is also the first and last book of the bible, that God calls himself Almighty - the beginning and the end. :)
This message has been edited by Shaz, 09 January 2005 17:36 AM