The Limitations of Man

Text: Ezekiel 28:6-10

Man has been made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27), but man does not share all the attributes of God. The King of Tyre was condemned because he thought of himself as equal with God. We must understand that as human beings, there are certain limitations that are placed upon us. Understanding this should cause us to be humble and to submit to the will of God. In this lesson, we will consider some of these limitations and see how we cannot compare with God.

We Cannot Create Something from Nothing

  • In the beginning, God created everything (Genesis 1:1) – nothing was created except by Him (John 1:3); He is our creator (Psalm 100:3)
  • This should cause us to have certain attitudes toward Him – humility (Psalm 8:3-4); dependence (Hebrews 1:3); gratitude (Psalm 100:3-5)

We Cannot Change Time

  • God is able to make time stand still (Joshua 10:12-14), or even turn it back (Isaiah 38:7-8) – He is not bound to time as we are (2 Peter 3:8)
  • Time was created for man (Genesis 1:5) – we must use our time wisely (Ephesians 5:15-16); we cannot stop/slow it

We Cannot Know the Future

  • God, in His foreknowledge, is able to know the future (Isaiah 46:9-10) – not just educated guesses/predictions; things that are only knowable to God (Psalm 22:16-18; Matthew 27:35)
  • We cannot know the future (Ecclesiastes 8:7) – so we must work hard (Ecclesiastes 11:6) and always be prepared for judgment (Luke 12:19-21)

We Cannot Know Everything

  • God is omniscient (Psalm 147:5) – man cannot instruct Him (Isaiah 40:13-14)
  • Our understanding is not unlimited – even if we are wise, we have room to become wiser (Proverbs 9:9); be humble (1 Corinthians 8:1-2; James 1:21); continue to grow (2 Peter 3:18)

We Cannot Know Someone’s Heart

  • Part of being omniscient – God knows our hearts (Hebrews 4:12-13; Psalm 94:11)
  • People often want to presume to know the hearts of others, but we cannot do this (1 Corinthians 2:11) – we must judge righteously (John 7:24); by one’s fruits (Matthew 7:19-20), not by his thoughts/motives/intentions

We Cannot Escape Judgment

  • No man is in a position to stand in judgment against God (Job 40:1-5)
  • However, we will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10) – this is just as certain as death itself (Hebrews 9:27); so we must be prepared


  • Many other things we could discuss as far as our limitations as human beings
  • These should remind us of the need to be humble and to submit to the will of God

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