Seven Things God Cannot Do
The hardness of men’s hearts, unbelief, and rebellion are no obstacle for God – “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible,”
Yet, we must not falsely assume from this that God can or will do anything to save sinners. Yes, He is sovereign, but the Bible teaches us that there are seven things that it is impossible for God to do.
1. God cannot lie or repent – “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent,” Numbers 23:19. He will not save any through a lie or in contradiction to His Word, no matter what men profess nor how hard they strive, John 1:12,13.
2. God cannot clear the guilty – “Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty,” Exodus 34:7. Unless just satisfaction was made by the blood and righteousness of His Son, all others will be found guilty.
3. God cannot justify sinners by any other means than the shedding of blood unto death of His Son – “without shedding of blood is no remission,” Hebrews 9:22. To say that God can or would declare sinners righteous on any other ground than the death of His Son is to make Him a liar and to dwell in a refuge of lies, Isaiah 28:17.
4. God cannot condemn any for whom Christ died – “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again,” Romans 8:34. Our Lord Jesus will have every one for whom He died because the just result of His death before God is the redemption, justification, sanctification, and adoption of His people, 1 Corinthians 1:30. “Justice cannot twice demand, first at my Surety’s hand and then again at mine.”
5. God cannot fail to do all that He has decreed and promised – Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure, Isaiah 46:10. He will have everyone that He chose in Christ, redeemed by Christ, and consequently draws to Christ by His Spirit, through the Gospel, 2 Thessalonians 2:13.
6. God cannot deny Himself – “he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself’ 2 Timothy 2:13. He is faithful to save and keep His own.
7. God cannot give His glory to another – “For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another,” Isaiah 48:11. Any doctrine that would give man any part or credit in his salvation is not of God.
By Ken Wimer