Matthew 19:25-26: “The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked. Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”

The age-old question: “who can be saved” was answered with great confidence. Jesus made a statement to His followers that with God everything is possible. On the other hand, an anonymous writer of a letter addressed to the Hebrews uses quite the opposite language (Hebrew 6:4+6a):

“For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened – those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit (…) and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance;”

How is convicting a person to turn around impossible to God? It must be impossible because God has decided a long time ago to refrain from interfering with human decision making. I believe God definitely has the power to coerce His creatures into submission, but it’s His ethical choice not to use manipulation; instead God humbly accepts whichever rejection comes His way, and He lets go of everyone insisting on having his or her own way. That’s who God is.

All our sin is paid for, Prophet Isaiah proclaims in the 44th chapter of his book (Isaiah 44:22):

“I have swept away your sins like a cloud. I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist. Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free.”

So, God has done all the legwork. He has swept away our sin so we can start over with a clean slate. This puts the ball into our court when it comes to decision making. God has already decided that we’re worth the price He paid when He sacrificed His Son on Mount Calvary. Now we need to decide if God is worth everything we’ve got. And if we do decide to accept His gift and return to Him, nothing will be impossible to God. No despair will be too deep, no fall too steep, and no storm waves too high that He can’t rescue us. Generations have come and gone, and this still holds true: our God is faithful. Our God saves – if we let Him!

Psalm 103:12: “He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.”

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