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im - pos´i - b ' 50 (verb ἀδυνατέω , adunatéō ; adjective ἀδύνατος , adúnatos ): "To be impossible" is the translation of adunateō , "to be powerless," "impotent" ( Matthew 17:20 ; Luke 1:37 , the Revised Version (British and American) "void of power") adunatos , "powerless," etc., is translated "impossible" Matthew 19:26 ; Mark 10:27 ; Luke 18:27 ; Hebrews 6:4 , Hebrews 6:18 ; Hebrews 11:6 ; "impossible" in Hebrews 6:4 is in the Revised Version (British and American) transferred to Hebrews 6:6 ); anéndektos , "not to be received" or "accepted," is also translated "impossible" (Luke 17:1 ). In several of these passages it is affirmed that "nothing is impossible with God," but, of course, this means nothing that is consistent with the Divine nature, e.g. (as Hebrews 6:18 ) it is not possible for God to lie. So, when it is said that nothing is impossible to faith , the same limitation applies and also that of the mind or will of God for us. But much more is possible to a strong faith than a weak faith realizes, or even believes.

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Impossible'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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