“The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”Luke 18:27
Here Jesus points out that there is something impossible with man but possible with God. There are things that God cannot do, for example, He cannot sin. God cannot do anything that goes against His holiness and morality.
What is impossible with man is possible with God. Salvation is impossible with man, but with God sinful men and women can receive this gracious gift of God. Man cannot achieve nor grant himself salvation. Being reconciled and justified before God is only by faith in Christ’s finished work on the cross. Salvation is possible with God; we cannot save ourselves.
The change of heart that we must experience to know God only comes through Christ. Jesus declared in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Salvation is a work of the Lord made possible to the sinner by the Holy Spirit. The Prophet Ezekiel wrote, “Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh.” In this verse, God is speaking to His people. Writing in his commentary Matthew Henry commented, “That he will take away the stony heart out of their flesh, out of their corrupt nature. Their hearts shall no longer be, as they have been, dead and dry, and hard and heavy, as a stone, no longer incapable of bearing good fruit, so that the good seed is lost upon it, as it was on the stony ground.”
God gives us a new heart, a heart of flesh. He takes our old harden and stony heart away and gives us a desire to bear good fruit. A true child of God will bear fruit particularly the fruit of the spirit which are recorded in Galatians 5: 22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such, there is no law.” With man the fruits of the Holy Spirit are impossible, but with God we may have the fruits of salvation in Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” Those that have been born again by the Spirit are a new creation in Christ. Although we appear to look the same on the outside something glorious has taken place inside of us. This amazing change wrought by the Holy Spirit only occurs within the people of God.
Becoming a Christian is not us merely turning over a new leaf, whereby we modify our behaviour to live according to a new set of rules or morality, but a change of heart and a change of direction. The Christian life is one under a new Master and Lord. Before salvation, we were under the bondage of sin, darkness and the Devil, but now we are free from the domain and control of sin. We are in the light of Christ and under his loving care. Christ was made sin, not made a sinner, but a sin-offering, a sacrifice for sin. Christ bled and died to purchase the souls of men and women. Throughout the Old Testament, we read about how the people of Israel made offerings and sacrifices to God for the forgiveness of sin. The bloodshed in the Old Testament was pointing to the future Messiah that would be the final sacrifice for sin. Throughout the whole Word of God, the forgiveness of sin is taught and without the shedding of blood, there can be no atonement. May we say with the Psalmist, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”