What Is Not Impossible

Text: Luke 1:37

In the previous lesson, we discussed what the Bible describes as being impossible. On the other hand, there are certain things that are not impossible. In this lesson, we will consider some things that may seem impossible, but the Lord declares they are not.

Not Impossible for the Son of God to Come to Earth (Luke 1:37)

  • The angel Gabriel was sent to deliver a message to the virgin Mary (Luke 1:26-37) – an announcement of the coming of the Messiah and Mary’s role in that; Mary questioned this and was told she would conceive as a virgin; proof that this was possible was that Elizabeth had conceived
  • God is not limited as we are (Psalm 119:96) – He is all-powerful (Psalm 33:6-9; Romans 1:20); furthermore, He is not limited by our imagination (Ephesians 3:20)
  • We need the same type of faith that Mary displayed (Luke 1:38) – she stated her belief; faith is essential (Hebrews 11:6), but cannot be hidden (Romans 10:10; Matthew 10:32-33); she declared herself the Lord’s bondservant; we must obey in all things (John 2:5)

Not Impossible to Do What the Lord Said We Could Do (Matthew 17:20)

  • Jesus cast a demon out of a boy (Matthew 17:14-18) – afterward, His disciples asked why they could not cast it out (Matthew 17:19); “because of the littleness of your faith” (Matthew 17:20); not impossible with a strong faith
  • What this does NOT mean – if we truly believe, anything can happen (1 John 5:14-15; 2 Corinthians 12:7-9); God having the power to answer our requests does not mean He will answer every one
  • What this means – they should have believed that they could do what the Lord said they could do; were already told they could “cast out demons” (Matthew 10:8); they should have believed this; we must believe that we can do what the Lord said we can do (Hebrews 5:9; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Philippians 4:13)

Not Impossible to Make the Sacrifices Needed to Please the Lord (Matthew 19:26)

  • A rich young ruler came to Jesus asking what to do to obtain eternal life (Matthew 19:16-23) – Jesus said to keep the commandments and he said he had; he asked what he lacked and Jesus said to sell his possessions and give to the poor; he was sorrowful; Jesus made the point that riches are a hindrance, but not an insurmountable obstacle (Matthew 19:24-26)
  • We are required to sacrifice for the Lord (Luke 9:23; Romans 12:1) – whatever it is that hinders us, we can give it up; God never gave a command we cannot obey (1 John 5:3)
  • We can make these sacrifices because “with God all things are possible” – not that God forces us to do this (Jesus didn’t force the rich young ruler); rather, God has given every incentive to prove to us that it is worth it (Matthew 19:27-30; 1 Peter 1:3-4)

Conclusion

  • Jesus came to earth – God in the flesh, born of a virgin; proved that “nothing will be impossible with God” (Luke 1:37)
  • While we might be tempted to think that we cannot do what God has said or give up what He asks us to, we can – if we have faith in Him and trust in His promises, “nothing will be impossible