By Ed Jeude (St. Louis, MO)
There are many things the Bible says that God CANNOT do. Here are just a few:
- God can’t LIE (Titus 1:2).
- God can’t CHANGE (Malachi 3:6).
- God can’t be DARKNESS (1 John 1:5).
- God can’t DENY Himself (2 Tim 2:13).
Even as electric power distribution lines cannot be “shorted” without being ruined, God’s LOVE cannot be a basis for disregarding His JUSTICE which demands “… the soul that sins shall die” (Ezekiel 18:4). As descendants of Adam, “…ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
When Eve and Adam sinned, God already knew how He would handle it, but none of the princes of this world system knew, “… for HAD they known it, they would NOT have crucified the Lord of glory” (1 Corinthians 2:8).
Let’s look at the plan that God already had in mind “before the foundation of the world” (1 Peter 1:20): “in the beginning already existed the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God … and the word was made flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:1,14). The word, Jesus Christ, (already qualified as God) stepped through the barrier of sin and qualified as a man in order to become the “ONE mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).
Jesus’ sinless life qualified Him to be “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). The world (system) nailed Him to a cross because “light is come into the world, but men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19). While on the cross, “The Lord (God the Father) laid on HIM (Jesus) the INIQUITY of us all” (Isaiah 53:6).
God cannot LOOK ON INIQUITY (sin) (Habakkuk 1:13), so God turned His face away. The sin bearer DIED for us and the awful price was paid. If even ONE sin had been left unpaid, Jesus would still be dead. Think of it!
God cannot GO BACK on His word but God CAN “declare at this time His righteousness: that He might be just and the justifier of him who believes in Jesus” (Romans 3:26). What a wonderful solution to the problem—complete identification with Christ Jesus, all sins laid to His account and already marked PAID.
GOD CAN’T force this solution on you without violating your free will. “He that believes on Him is NOT CONDEMNED but he that believes not is CONDEMNED ALREADY” (John 3:18). Remember, GOD CANNOT LIE.