Christ, Church Life, The Eternal Purpose

God Cannot Do This

Believe it or not, there are a few things God cannot do.  These aren’t things that He won’t do; these are things He can’t do.  It simply isn’t possible for Him to do these things.  His own law and nature won’t allow Him to do them.  Granted, there aren’t very many of these things – He is God after all, and He can do everything – except these things, of course. 😉

God Cannot Constrain His Love

In the beginning, God created.  Why?  He wanted an image – an expression of His life – on the earth.  Why?  His heart overflowed with love.  There was such a divine fellowship and love in the Godhead, that it spilled over into creation.  God wanted to share His divine relationship with humankind.  He had so much love going on in Himself, that He wanted to expand the circle, expand the fellowship.  God’s heart overflowed with love.  He simply couldn’t constrain it.

God cannot constrain His love.

That is to say, God cannot repress or restrain His love, nor does he compel or force His love on anything.  He can’t do it.  It oozes in Him, through Him, and out of Him.  It oozes by Him, too.

God cannot constrain His love.  He can’t do it.  He is love!¹  He can’t help Himself – He just loves.  It’s His nature; it’s who He is.

Jesus Cannot Constrain His Love

God created because of His love.  And when creation rejected His love, He loved creation still.  God put all His love into God the Son, Jesus Christ.²  God redeemed creation because of His love.  He can’t constrain His love.

For God so loved the world… ~ John 3:16

See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God… ~ 1 John 3:1

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. ~ Romans 5:8

Jesus cannot constrain His love.  It killed Him.  He died for creation, and His love spills out and flows all over His creation – particularly His Body, the Church.

His Body Cannot Constrain His Love

God cannot constrain His love, so He put it all in Jesus.  Jesus cannot constrain this love, either, so He puts it all in us!  God the Spirit now transmutes that same love being shared among the Godhead to us, His body and expression on the earth today.  So how are we supposed to constrain it?  We’re not!  That’s How!

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. ~ John 13:34

Jesus then repeats this commandment later at least twice.³  God cannot constrain His love, and neither are we supposed to.  So, how do we not constrain this love?  Let Him explain…

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.  I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.  If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.  Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.  If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.  These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.” ~ John 15:4-11

God’s love cannot be constrained.  When we abide in Him, we bear fruit.  The love shows forth its glory, and we bear fruit.  We love one another.

Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. ~ John 15:13

God cannot constrain His love, so He created.  Jesus cannot constrain His love, so He died and gave it to His Body.  His body cannot constrain His love, so we love one another.

God cannot constrain His love.  Neither should we.

Next Week

Be on the lookout for another thing God cannot do plus the 4th installment of Bridget’s Martha and Mary series.  Also, we’ll have another guest blogger debuting next week, and I guarantee you won’t want to miss it.  Have a great weekend!

¹See 1 John 4:8, 16
²See Colossians 1:19; 2:9
³See John 15:12, 17

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