More than Possible

At the end of the story of the Rich Young Ruler found in Matthew chapter nineteen, Jesus utters one of His classic statements, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” A little digging into this verse reveals a powerful truth.

When I use the word possible, I use it in a rather weak sense. If someone asks me, “Are you going to the movie tonight?” I might answer, “It is possible.” That is a weak answer that really means nothing more than “maybe” which is a not definitive. Possible means it may happen but it may not. In Matthew nineteen Jesus is absolutely not saying “with God everything is maybe”.

In Greek the word we’ve translated as possible is δυνατός (dunatos) which is closely related to the Greek word for power (dunamis). This word is used to describe what is made possible because of the power exerted by something or someone. In other words, there is nothing that cannot be the target for the enabling power of God that is in us as long as we are “with God.”

Possible is a weak word and I don’t serve a weak Jesus. With Him, all things are valid targets to be overwhelmed by His power!

Published by Eric M. Johnson

I am a follower of Christ, husband to a beautiful worshiper, and father to two amazing sons. My day job is at a great company in which I am fortunate to be a partner. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and a Master of Science Degree in Information Systems. I enjoy studying God's Word and have taken several graduate level Biblical Studies courses, never in pursuit of a degree. In my free time I enjoy traveling, outdoors, and sports. I am an Iowa Hawkeye fan which is a character building experience.