What are some things that God cannot do?

There are many things that God cannot do because those things do not go along with His perfect character. Everything that God does is intentional, and nothing He does is contrary to His perfect being. Here are just four thing that He cannot do.

1-God cannot change

“. . . if we are faithless, he remains faithful — for he cannot deny himself” (2 Timothy 2:13). Because of His very nature God cannot change or fail to fulfill His promises (Num. 23:19; Ps. 89:35; Titus 1:2; Heb. 6:18; 10:23). God will be as faithful in punishing the wicked as He will be in rewarding the righteous. No sinner should think that God, in the last day, will change His mind about the destruction of the wicked.

2-God cannot stop being Omniscient (all knowing)

“God…knows all things” (I John 3:20). He knows everything in His vast universe even to minutest detail (Matthew 10:29-30). He also knows the past and the future (Isaiah 46:9-10), and every word that we speak (Psalm 139:4) and every thought “For you, you only, know the hearts of all the children of mankind” (1 Kings 8:39).  He even sees us in the womb before we are born (Psalm 139:1-3, 15-16).

3-God cannot lie

“God… cannot lie” (Titus 1:2) for “it is impossible for God to lie” (Hebrews 6:18). If He could lie, then he would cease to be a good God (Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6:18). And God’s truthfulness has been revealed with His dealings with mankind throughout the ages and finally in the life of Jesus Christ.

4- God cannot be tempted or tempt others

“Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God,’ for God cannot be tempted with evil, and tempts no one” (James 1:13). God grants every man the freedom of choice, and it is their responsibility to do what is right. “No one can blame God for his sin since “each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire” (James 1:14).

Satan and his evil hosts are the real agents of temptation (Eph. 6:12; 1 Thess. 3:5). While suffering is inflicted by the devil, It is overruled by God for purposes of mercy. God’s purpose is like that of the refiner, who casts his metal into the fire to purify it.

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In His service,

BibleAsk Team

 

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