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Is it true that with God nothing is impossible?

Jesus compared the difficulty of a rich man entering the kingdom to a camel going through the eye of a needle (Matthew 19:23-24). The disciples asked, “Who then can be saved?” (Matthew 19:25, NKJV). Jesus said:

“With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

Let’s look at this from God’s perspective and see what he means.

As the “Mighty God” (Jeremiah 32:18) and Creator of the universe (Genesis 1:1), he’s incomparable (2 Samuel 7:22), unchangeable (Numbers 23:19), eternal (Isaiah 57:15), omnipotent (Jeremiah 32:17), omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-12) and omniscient (1 John 3:20).

While nothing is too hard for God (Jeremiah 32:27), he’s established  inviolable boundaries. God can’t lie (Titus 1:2) or sin (1 John 1:5). He established freewill for humanity and he won’t violate that promise (Ezekiel 18:19-24).

God established a covenant with humanity that he wouldn’t destroy the world again with water and he established the rainbow as the sign of that bond (Genesis 9:12-17).

So when we say that with God nothing is impossible, we must understand the parameters.

For example, grapes will not grow from grapefruit trees and corn will not come from tomatoes (Genesis 1:11-12). In humans, women will have babies and men will not. God has established order in the universe and he will maintain those boundaries physically and spiritually.

Salvation is written in stone and the Word will not change (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Psalm 119:89). We can only enter Christ and be added to the Church through immersion in baptism (Acts 2:37-47; Galatians 3:27; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Corinthians 12:13).

Someone can’t be saved by following false doctrine because Christians are commanded to shun error (Galatians 1:8-9). Furthermore, no one can be saved without faith (Hebrews 11:6).

So when we say that with God nothing is impossible, we must not blame God for things he never claimed he would do. God is interested in our spiritual future and everything must be filtered through that prism.

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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