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Four Things God Cannot Do

(1) God can not lie:

The Bible refers to the immutability of God, immutability meaning that God does not change, that God does not lie, and cannot lie. In Titus 1:2 it talks about the hope of eternal life, “which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began”. God is perpetually the same and is not subject to change in His being, attributes, or His determinations. Malachi 3:6 says, “For I am the Lord, I change not.” Therefore God is dependable and what He promises He will perform without any doubt. This is the most likely reason God is referred to as a rock in Deuteronomy 32:4 and the verse continues to say His work is perfect, He is Just and right, He is a God of truth and without iniquity. God is perfect and therefore can't be made better, so there is no reason to change. The Bible tells us who God is. Samuel tells us there is none besides God, 1 Samuel 2:2, “There is none holy as the Lord : for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.” Psalms 90:2, “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”

The apostle Paul writing in Hebrews 6:17-18 wrote that God, willing to show to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, in which it is impossible for God to lie. We have a God that has promised us “eternal life” and He is a God that cannot lie. Some groups twist the Word of God to prove their own personal views but Paul tells us in Romans 3:4 to “Let God be true, but every man a liar.” Man writes many books and many of them are confusing but the one book God authored can eliminate this confusion. While this one book from God remains the same, there are many groups springing up with different ideas but this book, and the author, remains the same, unchangeable from year to year and century to century. It is made clear in Matthew 24:35 that heaven and earth will pass away but God's Word will never fail.

God, who cannot lie, gives us the following promises:

  • God says come to Him and He will give us rest. Matthew 11:28
  • If we hear the Word of Christ and believe on God that sent him we will have everlasting life and will not come into condemnation. John 5:24
  • God gave His only son so that when we believe in him, Jesus, we will not perish but we will have everlasting life. John 3:16
  • If we believe on Christ we won't be condemned, if we don't believe then we are already condemned. John 3:18
  • Everyone that calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:13
  • God gives to us eternal life and a promise of eternal security. John 10:28
  • Whoever believes in Christ shall never die. John 11:26

Some tell us that Christianity is too narrow a way to live. Do you believe in the Bible? The Bible tells us that we have either God or Satan as our father, and there is no in between. Likewise, there are only two ways mankind can take in this world. In Matthew 7:13 Jesus tells us of a broad gate and broad way (or road) that leads to destruction so He tells us to enter the strait or narrow gate. Jesus also tells us there are many that enter this wide gate and take this wide road.

Then in Matthew 7:14 Jesus tells us of the narrow gate and the narrow way and then tells us that few enter this narrow gate. The narrow gate He is referring to here is Himself. No one goes to God the Father except through Jesus Christ. Jesus said He is the way, the truth, and the life and no one goes to the Father except through Him, John 14:6. To be sure, there is a way that seems right to mankind but the end is the ways of death, Proverbs 14:12; 16:25. For anyone to have eternal life they must take the narrow gate and go the narrow way. Many falsely believe we are all on different ways, or paths, to the same place. There are only two paths as noted above, one leads to hell and the other leads to heaven. So, each individual must choose which one of the two ways, or paths, they will take.

In the future, Jesus Christ will judge all mankind, Romans 2:16; 2 Timothy 4:1, and we must make our decision on which way or path we will take while we are alive on this earth, Hebrews 9:27. As we have already seen no one comes to the Father except through Jesus, John 14:6. No matter which path or way you choose you can be sure that one day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord, Philippians 2:10.

Make your decision today, before it is too late. Here you can find information on how to be saved and how to be born again.

(2) Once Saved, God Cannot See Our Sins:

In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They attempted to cover their sin by aprons of fig leaves. Then, God killed innocent animals and provided them with coverings. From that day forward it is blood that covers our sin's. The apostle Paul, writing in Hebrews 9:22, said, “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.” The blood of Jesus is still required to cover sins.

Look at the story of Cain and Abel beginning in Genesis 4:1. Cain's offer of the fruit of the ground was rejected by God, Genesis 4:5. Abel offered the firstborn of his flocks and it was accepted. It was accepted because it was a blood offering, Genesis 4:4. In Hebrews 11:4 it says that it was by "faith" that Abel offered a more perfect sacrifice than Cain. Today, it is still by faith through the blood of Jesus that we are saved. God pointed to a blood sacrifice back in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned and made a blood sacrifice for them by killing animals to make a covering for them, a covering for sin.

Now look at what the passover taught beginning in Exodus 12:1. They were to take a lamb without blemish and kill it and put blood on the door posts of their house. Then when the death angel came he would pass over them, Exodus 12:13. The firstborn in every house was killed if there was no blood on the door post. This is a picture of Jesus Christ who is the Lamb of God who was slain for all mankind and cleanseth us from all sin, 1 John 1:7. The life is in the blood and Christ gave His life so that we could be saved.

When anyone is saved they receive the Holy Spirit to indwell them. The Holy Spirit then baptizes them into the body of Christ. Now when the Father looks at them He sees the blood of Christ that covers them and He will not see their sins.

God says He blots out our transgressions for His sake and will not remember our sins, Isaiah 43:25. Again, God says our sins and iniquities He will remember no more, Hebrews 8:12. Again in Hebrews 10:17, God says our sins and iniquities He will remember no more. Psalms 103:12 tells us that God removes our transgressions from us as far as the east is from the west. Then the apostle Paul tells us in Romans 8:1 that there is now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.

Those that are saved had their sins paid for when Christ died on the cross. However, they will still be judged by Christ and the Judgment Seat of Christ for rewards or loss of rewards but not for salvation since they are already saved. Those that haven't been saved, are not covered by the blood of Christ, will be judged at the Great White Throne judgment and will be eternally separated from God in a lake of fire.

Now take a look in Matthew 7:21-23 at what Jesus said. Notice that these want to enter heaven by their works, not by the blood of Christ. Everything they mention is works. God says, in Isaiah 64:6, all our own works, our righteousness's, are as filthy rags. These have prophesied in His name, they have cast out devils and done many wonderful works, but no mention of having been saved by the blood of Christ. Therefore, Christ can only say “I never knew you: depart from me , ye that work iniquity".

One can be a pastor, a teacher, deacon or whatever but if they have not been saved they are not under the blood and will not enter into heaven. We are not saved by works, we are saved only by the blood of Christ. Good works come in when we are saved, because we are saved unto good works that we should walk in them, Ephesians 2:10, and it is by grace through faith that we are saved, not by works, Ephesians 2:8-9.

The apostle Paul says in Romans 5:8-9 that we are justified by His blood, speaking of Christ. So we are justified by His blood, and our sins are also covered by His blood and God cannot see our sins through the blood of Jesus. To be justified is to be just, as just as Jesus is just. Some put it as being just as if I had never sinned. It is the blood of Christ that cleanses us from “all” sin, 1 John 1:7.

(3) God Cannot Save Those Who Are Unwilling:

If God could save someone against their will, as the Calvinists proclaim, then God would be a dictator and the saved would be His slaves. But that isn't true since God is a loving Father and created man as a free moral agent to have fellowship with Himself.

In the Garden of Eden man had a choice. God had given man all that was good including food and had but one command. God placed a tree in the Garden, a tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and placed it within their reach. Adam and Eve were given a command not to eat of the fruit of this tree. Adam and Eve had all they needed and more, so there was really no need to eat of this tree. Since this tree was within their reach they had a choice. God didn't hide the tree nor keep Adam and Eve from knowing where it was, so Adam and Eve were not God's slaves, they had a choice. A choice still exists today, a choice to side with God or with Satan.

In 1 John 4:10 we see that God sent His Son to pay for our sins. So God sent His Son to mankind and now it is up to mankind to come to God through Jesus Christ. This is a choice that mankind must make to receive eternal life and God cannot save him unless he chooses to come to God. In Matthew 11:28 Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Jesus said in Mark 1:15, “. . . the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” To be saved it is clear that one has to repent and believe the gospel. Jesus would not be saying this if mankind did not have a choice.

God is willing to save those that have been willing to repent. In the story of the Passover beginning in Exodus 12:1, families were to mark their door posts with the blood of an unblemished lamb. They had a choice to mark their door post or not to mark them. When the death angel came, those who had marked their door posts were spared their firstborn and those who had not marked their door post lost their firstborn. Likewise, today we must apply the blood of Christ to our life to be saved and that is a choice that each of us must make, just as the Israelites were required to make a choice to mark their door posts. The unblemished lamb pointed to the unblemished Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, whose blood must be applied to our life. If (meaning we have a choice) we walk in the light where God is we have fellowship with Him. Then we are also cleansed from all sin by the blood of Jesus Christ, 1 John 1:7.

Before Joshua took the city of Jericho he was hidden there by Rahab. She wanted to join the people of God and wanted Joshua to save her and her family, Joshua 2:12-13. When Joshua took Jericho, he spared Rahab and her family and they escaped because they wanted to join with the people of God. In other words she had a choice and made a choice, Joshua 6:22-23. A shepherd doesn't drive his sheep, his sheep follow him.

Beginning in Luke 15:3 we have the parable of the prodigal son. The father knew that his son would take his inheritance and leave home. He also knew this was not the best decision for his son to make but he allowed his son to make the choice. His son took the money and went on his journey. Had the father had forced the son to do what was best he would have prevented the son from leaving. The son would then have been a slave or a prisoner. God has given us a free will to accept or reject Him, to believe or refuse to believe and has made us aware of the consequences.

Look at the story of the fiery serpents in Numbers 21:6-9. The Lord sent fiery serpents among the people and many of them died. They came to Moses admitting they had sinned and asked him to pray to the Lord to take away the serpents. The Lord had Moses make a fiery serpent and set it upon a pole and then when anyone was bitten by a snake if they looked upon the fiery serpent on the pole they would live. This is a type of Christ who is lifted upon a cross and will save all men who come to Him. Again the people in Moses time had a choice and we have a choice today. We can come to Christ or stay with Satan. Numbers 21:6-9

Jesus said that if we believe in Him we will not perish but have eternal life, John 3:15. John continued to write say that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life, John 3:16. Jesus went on to tell us the reason men would not believe is because of their deeds are evil and they will not come to the light lest their deeds be reproved, John 3:19-20. There is clearly a choice involved as to come to Christ or stay with Satan. John 3:18 tells us that if we don't believe then we are condemned already. Proverbs 1:29-30 says that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord. Obviously God gives people a choice, regardless of what people may say the Bible says God gives us a choice.

If you are a sinner and refuse to come to Christ, He cannot save you. God will not force men to be saved, nor will He force them to serve Him. He simply asked that we repent and believe.

(4) God Cannot Die:

We need to remember that there is only one God who is Omniscient, meaning He knows everything, He is Omnipresent, meaning He is present everywhere, He is Omnipotent, meaning He is all powerful. He holds all power that exists, but there is still four things He cannot do. He cannot lie, He cannot save those who refuse to be saved, He cannot see our sins through the blood of Jesus, and He cannot die.

We are told in Deuteronomy 4:35 that there is only one God. To be sure, there are many gods but only one God. God spelled with a capital “G” refers to the one all powerful God, the one Supreme Being, and there can only be one Supreme being, that exists from eternity to eternity. In Psalms 90:1-2 we are told, “Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.” Notice that God is from “everlasting to everlasting”, from eternity to eternity. Since that is true, God can never die. In Malachi 3:6 we are told that the Lord is immutable, He changes not. Since He never changes it would mean He will be,and always has been, God from eternity to eternity.

Then someone mentions that Jesus was God and He died, which is true. Let's take a closer look at this since many do not understand. John said in John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Then in John 1:14 it says, “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us.” So Jesus is clearly God but notice that God is in this body of flesh that we call Jesus. Notice now that Jesus has two natures. A human nature in the body of flesh and a divine nature we call God, who is a Spirit. Jesus said in John 4:24, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” In John 20:28 when Thomas answered Jesus, he replied “My Lord and My God!”, his Lord and his God in the one body of Jesus Christ. Then Colossians 2:9 tells us that, “. . .in Him all fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” Jesus clearly had two natures, one as a human and one as God.

Therefore the human part of Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for the sins of all mankind. Theologically this is called the “hypostatic union” which teaches that in one person, Jesus Christ, there are two distinct natures, that of the God, which is divine and the human nature. It is the body of flesh, the human nature that died. But God, the divine part of Christ is a Spirit that cannot die. For a deeper explanation of the two natures of Jesus you can follow this link.

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