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Appetizer: Possibles and Impossibles

The Impossible

Hebrews mentions four impossibles:
(1) for truly apostate to be brought back to repentance:

Hebrews 6:4-6

For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.

Hebrews 6:4-6  
(2) for God to lie in His promises and oaths:

Hebrews 6:17-18

So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.

Hebrews 6:17-18  
(3) for animal sacrifice to wash away sins:

Hebrews 10:4

For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

Hebrews 10:4  
(4) to please God without faith:

Hebrews 11:6

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Hebrews 11:6  
Romans mentions two impossibles:
(1) for people who are controlled by the sin nature to please God:

Romans 8:8

Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Romans 8:8  
(2) for the Law to save the human race:

Romans 8:1-4

8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Romans 8:1-4  
Other impossibles:
—to find real joy in things on this earth without God:

Ecclesiastes 2:24-25

There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment?

Ecclesiastes 2:24-25  
—for temptation to sin to stop completely:

Luke 17:1

17:1 And he said to his disciples, “Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come!

Luke 17:1  
—for false prophets to deceive The Elect (also see Mark 13:22):

Matthew 24:24

For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.

Matthew 24:24  
—to stop the plan of God:

Job 42:2

“I know that you can do all things,
and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.

Job 42:2  
—for Jesus to have avoided the Cross without abandoning the Will of God (also see Mark 14:35-36):

Matthew 26:39

And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”

Matthew 26:39  
—for Jesus to do anything without God:

John 5:19

So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.

John 5:30

“I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.

John 5:19, 30  
—for us to do anything of any consequence (bear any fruit) without Jesus:

John 15:5

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:5  
—It was impossible for Death to hold Jesus:

Acts 2:24

God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.

Acts 2:24  
The Possible

Nothing impossible to people working together with a common language (saying the same thing):

Genesis 11:6

And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.

Genesis 11:6  
Romans mentions three possibles:
(1) for God to keep His promises:

Romans 4:18-21

In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.

Romans 4:18-21  
(compare this to Hebrews 6:17-18)

(2) for Jews to be accepted into the Kingdom of God through Salvation:

Romans 11:22-23

Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God's kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off. And even they, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again.

Romans 11:22-23  
(3) for God to make His servants righteous in the face of belief systems that differ in the details:

Romans 14:4

Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

Romans 14:4  
Other possibles:
—for God to prosper the cheerful, generous giver:

2 Corinthians 9:6-8

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:6-8  
—for God to protect what we entrust to Him:

2 Timothy 1:12

which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.

2 Timothy 1:12  
—for us to control our whole bodies if we control our tongues:

James 3:2

For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.

James 3:2  
MIRACLES are possible with God!
—Jesus said "with God all things, even things that are impossible for men, are possible [even for a wealthy man to enter the Kingdom of God]" (
Matthew 19:26,Mark 10:27,Luke 18:27)
—...and "Everything is possible for him who believes [even deliverance for a demon-possessed boy]" [The demon-possessed boy's father asked Jesus to do something "…if you can." ] (
Mark 9:23)
—the angel that came to Mary said "Nothing is impossible with God [even for a barren woman (Elizabeth) to give birth]" (
Luke 1:37)

Everything is possible for [Abba Father God]:

Mark 14:36

And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

Mark 14:36  
Nothing is impossible for someone with faith:

Matthew 17:20

He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:20  
Everything can be done through God:

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13  
[note: our faith "pleases" God (Hebrews 11:6), and it also makes things possible (Matthew 17:20). Also note that we cannot please God while being controlled by our sin nature (Romans 8:8), which means that exercising our faith is connected with controlling our sin nature, and living in sin makes things impossible for us.]

The word translated "have divine power" and "mighty" in the following verses is the same word translated "possible" or "able" many times in the New Testament:
—The weapons of our warfare MAKE THINGS POSSIBLE!

2 Corinthians 10:4

For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.

2 Corinthians 10:4   
—God is the God of the POSSIBLE!

Luke 1:49

for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.

Luke 1:49  
[note Mary echoing what the angel said in Luke 1:37]


Main things that are impossible:
(1) for the Law to justify: 
Romans 8:1-4Hebrews 10:4 
(2) To please God in our own strength: 
John 15:5Romans 8:8Hebrews 11:6 

Main things that are possible:
(1) for the Jews to be saved: 
Romans 11:22-23 
(2) if we are WITH GOD, things that are impossible for man: 
Matthew 19:26/Mark 10:27/Luke 18:27Mark 9:23Luke 1:37Mark 14:36Matthew 17:20Philippians 4:13