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Impossiblities

We all enjoy going to the movies and seeing the latest and greatest films. Just within my lifetime, I have seen a great leap in cinematography, computer-generated imagery, and the use of artificial backgrounds (green screens). While watching older movies we understand the limits of technology when we see the wires suspending an actor in flight, small replicas used for filming larger-than-life scenarios, or entire movies completed on much smaller production costs when compared to today. These limitations are more obvious when a person watches a movie with the latest technology and comes away feeling that the actors truly were able to fly faster than the speed of sound, launch vehicles hundreds of feet, and achieve super-human feats with just a single bound. While these movies enthrall audiences and bring billions of dollars in revenue, they are still limited by the laws of physical science during their filming. No matter how much a person wants to fly or may appear to actually be flying, Newton’s law of gravity still has his feet firmly planted on the ground.

While there are certainly physical impossibilities, I want to direct our minds toward some things that are spiritually possible only through God. We should all understand that without God and His power, nothing that surrounds us would be possible. It was His great plan that was put into action thousands of years ago when He said, “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3). God was able, in a moment and without years of research and working out errors, to bring light out of the nothingness prior to creation. Thomas Edison took multiple years and had thousands of failures in making the first electric lightbulb, but God simply spoke “light” into existence and it has never failed or been extinguished since.

There are so many things that occur in our lives that make us feel insufficient and unable to change our surroundings or outcome. We may be diagnosed with a sickness or cancer, we may lose a job, family trouble, etc., but the lesson we must understand is that there is nothing impossible with God. Our bodies may succumb to a terminal illness, but if we are faithful to the will of God, we will be resurrected and transformed to a glorious body just as our Lord’s (Philippians 3:20-21; 1 John 3:2). We may lose our job and struggle at times, but if we will seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, we have confidence that God will never let us go hungry (Psalm 37:25-26; Proverbs 10:3; Matthew 6:33). We may experience hardships in our earthly family, but God has blessed us with a spiritually family that will rejoice in our successes and weep with us in our sufferings. While our earthly family may forsake us, God promises a great reunion in heaven, where we will spend eternity singing in God’s presence.

All of these promises given by God are possible for those that have been saved, but for the lost they still have one unmovable obstacle in their way. It is impossible for man to earn his salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9). The debt owed when one sin is committed is eternal death and separation from God (Romans 6:23). There is no avenue of repayment that we can undertake to lessen the consequence of a committed sin, because God is both just and righteous to condemn us (Psalm 51:4). Therefore, what is impossible for man to do alone can only be achieved through his faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Man has never perfectly worked the laws of God (except for Jesus) and earned his spot in heaven, but from the beginning man has always been justified by the grace of God.  

It is our faith in God’s plan to redeem us through His Son’s death, that produces a penitent heart and a humble mind ready to obey. We freely acknowledge the truth of Jesus’ statement, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). It is only because God is not partial and desires all people to be saved, that we can have hope of eternity in heaven (Acts 10:34; 1 Timothy 2:4). While His grace is freely given, there are certain conditions required in order to receive it. We must hear the gospel, believe in the Son of God, confess His deity, repent of our sins, and be baptized in water for the remission of our sins. It is upon these conditions revealed by the Holy Spirit through the New Testament writers that we are saved from our sins, and the impossible has been made possible through God.

  We live in a world of impossibilities, but may we never underestimate God’s power to make certain things possible. If we are willing to repent, God is willing to forgive (2 Corinthians 7:10; 1 John 1:9). If we are willing to obey, God is willing to save (John 15:10; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 5:3). If we are willing to live faithfully, God will give us a crown of righteousness one day (2 Timothy 4:8; Revelation 2:10). If we are able to see beyond the physical things of this life, God is able to grant us a home in heaven eternally with Him. Do you trust in the power of God to make possible the impossible, or are you still trying to make it on your own?