Word Study: Impossible

A man's limitations are not the things he wants to do and can't; 
they are the things he ought to do but doesn't. 
The difficult we will do eventually,
 the impossible will just take a little more time.
- Unknown

While on the way to town to run some errands, I was talking to Mom about impossibilities. Several hours later, on our way back home, she had me flip through a recent purchase of hers: an 832-page, hard-covered book entitled, "Family Guide to the Bible". I opened it randomly, and of all the pages I could have turned to, it was page 387 - which read, "IMPOSSIBLE". I laughed at the irony and began to look up the passages of Scripture listed under the word.

After using Strong's and Young's Concordances, I discovered that when "impossible" is used in the New Testament, it is being translated from 1 of 3 Greek words: aduna (or adunateo which is from adunatos), adunatos and anend.

Aduna means to be powerless, weak or impotent and is the word used in Luke 1:37 and Matthew 17:20:

Adunatos means powerless, weak, or impossible and is the word used in Matthew 19:26, Mark 10:27, Luke 18:27, Hebrews 6:4-6, Hebrews 6:17-18 and Hebrews 11:6.

Anend means not to be received or not to be accepted and is the word used in Luke 17:1.

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