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What’s possible with God?

January 31, 2009

possible and impossible in the Bible,
never in the OT (KJV, ASV)
Mat_17:20; Mat_19:26; Mat_24:24; Mat_26:39; Mar_9:23; Mar_10:27; Mar_13:22; Mar_14:35; Mar_14:36; Luk_17:1; Luk_18:27; Act_2:24; Act_20:16; Rom_12:18; 1Co_11:20; Gal_4:15; Heb_6:6; Heb_6:18; Heb_10:4; Heb_11:6

Mat 17:20  And He saith unto them, Because of your little faith: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Mat 19:26  And Jesus looking upon them said to them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Mat 24:24  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; so as to lead astray, if [it were] possible, even the elect.

Mat 26:39  And He went forward a little, and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass away from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.

Mar 9:23  And Jesus said unto him, If thou canst! All things are possible to him that believeth.

Mar 10:27  Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for all things are possible with God.

Mar 13:22  for there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall show signs and wonders, that they may lead astray, if [it were] possible, the elect.

Mar 14:35  And He went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass away from Him.

Mar 14:36  And He said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; remove this cup from me: howbeit not what I will, but what thou wilt.

Luk 17:1  And He said unto His disciples, It is impossible but that occasions of stumbling should come; but woe unto him, through whom they come!

Luk 18:27  But He said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

Act 2:24  whom God raised up, having loosed the pangs of death: because it was not possible that He should be holden of it.

Act 20:16  For Paul had determined to sail past Ephesus, that he might not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hastening, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost.

Rom 12:18  If it be possible, as much as in you lieth, be at peace with all men.

1Co 11:20  When therefore ye assemble yourselves together, it is not possible to eat the Lord’s supper: 21  for in your eating each one taketh before other his own supper; and one is hungry, and another is drunken.

Gal 4:15  Where then is that gratulation of yourselves? for I bear you witness, that, if possible, ye would have plucked out your eyes and given them to me.

Heb 6:1-6  Wherefore leaving the doctrine of the first principles of Christ, let us press on unto perfection; not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2  of the teaching of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3  And this will we do, if God permit. 4-6  For as touching those who were once enlightened and tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5  and tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the age to come,
6*  and then fell away, it is impossible to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame.

7 For the land which hath drunk the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them for whose sake it is also tilled, receiveth blessing from God: 8 but if it beareth thorns and thistles, it is rejected and nigh unto a curse; whose end is to be burned.

9 But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak: 10 for God is not unrighteous to forget your work and the love which ye showed toward his name, in that ye ministered unto the saints, and still do minister. 11 And we desire that each one of you may show the same diligence unto the fulness of hope even to the end: 12 that ye be not sluggish, but imitators of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
ee below on “Why Heb_6 CANNOT mean one loses his salvation:

Heb 6:18  that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have a strong encouragement, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us:

Heb 10:4  For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins.

Heb 11:6  and without faith it is impossible to be well-pleasing unto him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that seek after him.

Why Heb_6 CANNOT mean one loses his salvation:
1. 6:7-8 clearly shows they were ALWYS two different kinds of land, the good in 7 and the bad in 8.
NOT one land that changed. Note the FOR that shows it is the reason for/cause of 6:6
2. 6:9ff shows he doesn’t mean that: “But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak:” but that he’s telling them this to “wake them up” from their sloth that, to borrow Peter’s words, they will “make their calling and election sure.”
2Pe 1:5 Yea, and for this very cause adding on your part all diligence, in your faith supply virtue; and in your virtue knowledge; 6 and in your knowledge self-control; and in your self-control patience; and in your patience godliness; 7 and in your godliness brotherly kindness; and in your brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, they make you to be not idle nor unfruitful unto the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he that lacketh these things is blind, seeing only what is near, having forgotten the cleansing from his old sins. 10 Wherefore, brethren, give the more diligence to make your calling and  election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never stumble:

When Is Saving Repentance Impossible?
October 13, 1996
Hebrews 6:4-8By John Piper

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