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January 4, 2015

Attributes of God – The Immutability / Unchangableness of God

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The Immutability / Unchangeableness of God 

 

  • Malachi 3:6a | For I am the LORD, I do not change …
  • Romans 11:29 | For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocabl

Wayne Grudem

We can define the unchangeableness of God as follows: God is unchanging in his being, perfections, purposes, and promises … This attribute of God is also called God’s immutability.[1]

James P. Boyce

By the immutability of God is meant that he is incapable of change, either in duration of life, or in nature, character, will or happiness[2]  

 

Milburn Cockrell

What is meant by the immutability of God?  … “It is the perfection of God by which He is devoid of all change, not only in His Being. But also in His perfections, and in His purposes and promises,” says L. Berkhof. A. H. Strong remarks that “by this we mean that the nature, attributes, and will of God are exempt from change.” Alvah Hovey defines it by stating God “is forever the same in essence, in knowledge, in character, in purpose, and in blessings.” J. E. Cobb makes it to be the fact that God is “the same yesterday, today, and forever.”[3]

 

Don Fortner

God is unchanging and unchangeable. When the scriptures declare that changes not, we are taught that though he changes all things, nothing moves or changes him. In his Being and in his purpose, God is unchangeable. That is our security.[4]

T.P. Simmons

“By immutability we define God as unchangeable in His nature and purposes” (E. Y. Mullins).[5]

BC&F 1689

The Lord our God is the one and only living true God; whose substance is in and of Himself … Who is immutable.[6]

Steve Lawson

Immutability of God means that God is unchangeable in his character and in all of his ways. That God is fixed in who he is. He is unalterable. That it is impossible for God to increase or decrease. If he increases it means that he is less than what he can become. If he decreases it means he is declining in the fullness of his attributes. God is God who was and who is and who is to come. We must firmly be rooted and grounded in this glorious truth.[7]

 

Four Aspects of God’s Immutability – God is who He is from age to age He is forever the same (Hebrews 13:8; Revelation 1:8).

 

1. He is unchanging in His character – I Am Who I AM (Exodus 3:14)

Attributes – aspects of God’s character which define the mode of His existence.

Essence – the very nature of God, a triune being in complete unity, i.e., three-in-one.

Perfections – I Am that I Am – everlasting to everlasting – never changing.

Being – God is Spirit = Omnipresence – Omnipotence – Omniscience.

Malachi 3:6 | For I am the LORD, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.

Psalm 102:25-27 | Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You will endure; yes all of them grow old like a garment; like a cloak You will change them, and they will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will have no end.  

Psalm 103:17 | But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children.

James 1:17 | Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

2. He is unchangeable in His Word – Your Word is truth (John 17:17)

Psalm 119:89 | Forever, O LORD, your word is settled in heaven.

 

Psalm 119:160 | The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of your righteous judgments endures forever.

 

Isaiah 40:8 | The grass writhers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.

 

Matthew 5:18 | For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. (Jot = Hebrew letter: Yod / Tittle = smallest stroke in a Heb. letter.) | Cf. Luke 16:17.

God’s Word is always the same for every age, every place, every people.

3. He is unchangeable in His plans – The Lord of earth has purposed, and who will annul it? (Isiah 14:27)

That which God foreordained in eternity past in His eternal decrees can never be altered within time. God has one plan – there is no other plan or any need of alternate plans/ways (Proverbs 16:9).

Psalm 33:10-11 | The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the people of no effect. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations.

Proverbs 19:21 | There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the LORD’s counsel ––  that will stand.

 

Romans 11:33-34 | Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! For who has known the mind of the LORD? Or who has become His counselor?

Ephesians 1:11 | In whom [Christ – v. 10] also we have obtained an in heritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.

4. He is unchangeable in His Salvation – By grace you are saved through faith … by God’s grace alone (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Romans 8:29-30 | For whom He foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these also glorified.

 

1 Peter 1:1-2 | Peter, an apostle of Jesus Chrsit, to the pilgrims of the dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Soirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ …

 

Ephesians 1:3-6 | Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.

Closing Thot

A. W. Pink

Immutability is one of the Divine perfections which is not sufficiently pondered. It is one of the excellencies of the creator which distinguishes Him from all His creatures. God is perpetually the same; subject to no change in His being, attributes, or determinations. … God is immutable. Because God has no beginning and no ending, He can know no change.[8]

[1] Grudem, 163.

[2] Boyce, 73.

[3] Cockrell, 101.

[4] Fortner, 62.

[5] Simmons, 65.

[6] Masters, 11.

[7] Lawson, The Immutability of God.

[8] Pink, Attributes, 37.

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