With God All Things Are Possible!

 

 

(Mat 19:26 NIV)  Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

(Mark 10:27 KJV)  And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

(Luke 18:27 NIV)  Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."

 

With so much emphasis on the fact that with God all things are possible why is it that people so often try to place limits on God? Let me be perfectly clear, God can do anything He wants to do! Now listen closely and do not think I am saying something that I am not actually saying.

 

God can lie. But God does not lie and will not lie because Go is good and righteous and perfect in all ways. But if He wanted to lie He certainly could. With God all things are possible! Think of yourself. Think of all the possibilities you have in your life and then realize that many of those possibilities you would never act upon. Maybe now you can realize that all things are possible with God but many things He would never do. Perhaps you would quote Titus 1:2 as proof that God cannot lie.

*   Titus 1:1-2 KJV)  Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; {2} In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

There is just one problem with that scripture; it is a poor translation. Consider these two renditions of the same verse.

*   (Titus 1:2 NIV)  a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,

*   (Titus 1:2 RSV)  in hope of eternal life which God, who never lies, promised ages ago

The word KJV translates as cannot “Apseudes, aps-yoo-dace” is the Greek for “Veracious” which means, “Honest; truthful; accurate; and precise. In the Greek the word is repeated which simply emphasizes the point. Much like we might say really, really honest or very, very honest. And although the word “Cannot” is used 71 times in the Greek this is the only place where it is based on this Greek word “Apseudes, aps-yoo-dace.” Ooops!

 

OK, so what else can God do that people say He cannot do. How about changing His mind?

*   (Num 23:19 NIV)  God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

This verse doesn’t limit God it simply acknowledges his righteousness and his might. It acknowledges that God doesn’t make mistakes. Could God change His mind? Of course He could if He so desired! Remember I am not saying he cannot; I am saying He won’t.

 

What else do people say? How about God cannot become man? Which is to say He decided to give up being God! He couldn’t do that could He? But wait, the scriptures clearly say that with God all things are possible. How then can you say that this thing is impossible? In this case, as unlikely as it seems, God actually did this very thing.

*   (John 1:1 NIV)  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. ---- (John 1:14 NIV)  The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

This is perhaps the most amazing thing revealed in the Bible. God came to earth to die on a cross for a bunch of sinners. But to die for us God had to become one of us. He was no longer God but man. He was tempted but God is not tempted. He was hungry and thirsty but God is not hungry and thirsty. He suffered and died but God doesn’t suffer and die. He wasn’t a God/Man, he was a man that had been God!

*   (1 Tim 2:5-6 NIV)  For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, {6} who gave himself as a ransom for all men--the testimony given in its proper time.

*   (John 17:4-5 NIV)  I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. {5} And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

 

We could go on and on with the limitations men try to place on God. But allow me to be a bit silly here and I will tell you of a limitation men try to create in their vanity. It involves a question they think is extremely clever. They think the question shows how foolish it is to believe in a God who is not limited in any way: In other words a God for whom nothing is impossible. Here is the question. Can God make a rock so big that even He cannot lift it? What’s your answer?

 

First let’s recognize this for what it is, a childish word trap. But God is not trapped that easily. People that are young and perhaps not particularly wise play these games a lot. Have you stopped beating your wife?  Yes or no! How do you know anything exists? There was a time when I considered such questions deep and profound. Now that I am older and wiser they are simply foolishness. But let’s answer the question anyway.

 

Based on what we have just reviewed the answer is clearly yes. In fact God has done many things like that. He has made rules and laws that He will not violate. Perhaps those are the rocks he made so big that even He cannot lift them! Often times the question is the wrong question. Perhaps the right question is, “Would God make a rock so big even He could not lift it?” The answer then contains the acknowledgement that he could do that but declares that He most likely would not do such a silly thing.

 

Here is my point today. With God all things are possible but being God He, not us, creates His own limits. If he decided to violate those limits He could and what would you do about it? Thank God that He is a God of righteousness and love, and decency and integrity. Thank God He is a God that is faithful and trustworthy. Thank God that He cared enough to make the way for us to become like Him.