Summary: To establish that there are some things too impossible for God to do. We will discuss three. Didn’t Jesus say: “There is nothing too impossible for God?” Yes, but Paul wrote: “It is impossible for God to lie." Can we reconcile this seeming error?
1. To save any outside the church
2. To forgive any without baptism
3. To show any respect of persons
1. In our lesson today, we will be discussing the theme: "Things too impossible for God." Our scripture lesson declares: "With men this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible," Matthew 19:26. And Paul wrote: "That by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, that we might have a strong consolation who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us,” Hebrews 6:18. It would appear right out that we have a conflict in this lesson. Beloved, we are not arguing, what God can or cannot do: but we are discussing, the Supreme, Divine, and Sovereign will of God. We will not debate, what He has willed or chosen to do: to save, forgive, or impart His favor unto the believer.
2. First, we will consider how God can't save any outside of the church. Paul wrote: “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body...That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish,” Ephesians 5:23-27. The ark was a type of church. All that were in the ark were saved from the flood. Eight (8) souls were saved by water, 1 Peter 3:20-21. Therefore, all in the church are in the place of safety and salvation. Christ added, “to the church daily those that were being saved,” Acts 2:47. Paul said: “Unto the centurions and to the soldiers: Except these abide in the ship, you cannot be saved,” Acts 27:31. There is safety in the church during the storms of life. Abide in the church! Your captain has navigated this Ship of Zion through many turbulent and violent storms, safely.
3. Second, we will discuss how God can't forgive any without baptism. Peter commanded on Pentecost, unto those seeking the forgiveness of sins: “To repent and be baptized...for the remission of sins,” Acts 2:38-41. God has ordained that in the waters of baptism, the repentant believers shall receive the “forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Just like Naaman’s cleansing from leprosy, took place in the water, 2 Kings 5:14. In like fashion, the believer: “washes away his sins,” in the waters of baptism, Acts 22:16. We are not talking about what God can do; but, what He has ordained for the sinner to do, to receive the: “forgiveness of sins,” Acts 2:38.
4. Lastly, we will investigate how God can't show any respect of persons. The Lord sees and will judge all men alike, Romans 2:11; Galatians 2:6. Luke wrote: “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said: Of a truth, I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation, he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him,” Acts 10:34-35. God can't show respect of persons, to any man. God’s children must never show respect of person, to anyone. To do so is to commit sin and "transgress the Royal Law: to love thy neighbor as thyself,” James 2:8-10. With this introduction, let’s consider our first point, “God can't save any outside the church."
BODY OF LESSON
I TO SAVE ANY OUTSIDE THE CHURCH
A. The church of Christ. Paul wrote: “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish,” Ephesians 5:23-27. Summarizing Paul’s words--
1. The husband is the head of the wife like Christ is the head of the church. He is the savior of the body.
2. The saved, therefore, are in the body. The Lord adds the saved to the church, daily all those being saved, Acts 2:47.
3. The body is of Christ, Ephesians 1:22-23.
5. Therefore, as the body is of Christ; so the church is of Christ, Romans 16:16.
B. The “ark” was a type of church. Peter’s discussion of Noah’s ark gives us an understanding that the “ark” was a type of church Observe--