Things God Cannot Do

God, in His omnipotence, cannot make a triangle shape to be a parallelogram.

God cannot make a lion a bear, or a moon a star. God cannot contradict Himself,

thus, violate His character and identity as we know Him from the scriptures.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8


The limitations of God also prevent Him from removing the individual-will He chose to give you and me. Doing so would make us puppets in a senseless play. Absolute power from God includes a necessary, perpetual demonstration of His most absolute trait of identity; 

That would be love.

We can see this love in the family scheme. Parents do not lock up their children to protect them from potential harm.

Similarly, love frees us to know both peace and war, health and sickness, harm and covering. CS Lewis commented,

 “Free will, though it makes evil possible,

is also the only thing that makes possible any love, or goodness, or joy worth having.”




We can most certainly see the love of God demonstrated in His giving. He gave His Son and placed upon Him all of the worlds sin.  And then it became the will and choice of Jesus to die for the remission/forgiveness of your willful sin and mine. How could God do this to His only begotten Son and still be called loving?

It is His character as seen here:

“God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn its people. He sent him to save them! No one who has faith in God’s Son will be condemned. But everyone who doesn’t have faith in him has already been condemned for not having faith in God’s only Son.” John 3:16-18


“The Lord isn’t slow about keeping his promises, as some people think he is. In fact, God is patient, (longsuffering) because he wants everyone to turn (repent) from sin and no one to be lost.” II Peter 3:9 Christians were once dead to God and alive to sin: (lost)


“In the past you were dead because you sinned and fought against God. You followed the ways of this world and obeyed the devil. He rules the world, and his spirit has power over everyone who doesn’t obey God. Once we were also ruled by the selfish desires of our bodies and minds. We had made God angry, and we were going to be punished like everyone else. But God was merciful! We were dead because of our sins, but God loved us so much he made us alive with Christ, and God’s gift of undeserved grace is what saves you. God raised us from death to life with Christ Jesus, and he has given us a place beside Christ in heaven.” Colossians 2:1-6


God cannot be pleased with me without which I have faith in Him.

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him. For he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6

Such faith connects me internally, on the spiritual plane and it is therein that His character of love is realized. It is there that seeming contradictions are laid to rest each moment that my faith in Him rests in His ultimate nature of love;

More specifically, His love for me personally.


God cannot and will not stop loving you and me. It’s a promise.


“How great is God’s love for all who worship him? Greater than the distance between heaven and earth!

How far has the Lord taken our sins from us? Farther than the distance from east to west!

Just as parents are kind to their children, the Lord is kind to all who worship him, 

because he knows we are made of dust.”  Psalm 103:11-14



“THINGS GOD CANNOT DO”   by Gordon Jensen     used by permission     listen here:

“There are some things God cannot do. He’ll fashion the earth, in heavens above.

It’s not so much that he can’t, it’s just that he won’t, and it proves to me his love.

    God cannot change, God cannot lie. God cannot break one of his promises.

    God cannot remember sin he’s forgiven, and God cannot fail his children.

One of the things God cannot do, is force his will on anyone.

The decision was mine when I said yes to him. An outcast became a son.”


“If you hear his voice today,

don’t be stubborn like those who rebelled.”    —Hebrews 3:15


  1. Hi Becoming,
    Thanks for the comment.
    In a day when God is being re-defined (what I call Creator Fluidity) at every turn, we are reminded throughout the scriptures that He is love, and that He does not change. He also disciplines and scourges those whom He loves. (Hebrews 12), revealing that His law will not change either. “If you love me, keep my commandments.”–Jesus



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