4 Things God Cannot Do
by David Qaoud
What are some things God cannot do?
“Nothing is impossible for God,” is a common expression used by Christians for all sorts of situations. The idea is that because our God is so big and powerful and wonderful and beautiful, nothing is impossible for him. Nothing is too big for him. He can do whatever he wants, whenever he wants, however he wants. After all, he is . . . God.
But is this true?
The expression “nothing is impossible for God” is used directly or indirectly at least twice in Scripture. The angel comforts Mary when speaking to her about Jesus in her womb, reminding her that through God’s power she can conceive a child as a virgin (Luke 1:37). The context is to trust in God who can enable Mary, a virgin, to conceive a baby.
It is also used in another context dealing with money and salvation. When the disciples asked Jesus who can be saved if it’s hard for a rich person to enter the Kingdom, Jesus responds by saying, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). He’s talking about one’s allegiance to money and salvation. By God’s power, your main allegiance can shift from money to God, and no one is beyond the scope of salvation if God chooses to save him or her. The context is money and salvation.
But the fact that nothing is impossible for God doesn’t mean there are things God cannot do.