God’s Unchanging Nature

It’s impossible for God to change – immutable. He has no need to change because He is perfect in every way. Numbers 23:19 – “God is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? Malachi 3:6 – “For I am the LORD, I do not change; Titus 1:2 – in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.

The Book of Hebrews was written to the Hebrews who knew the law and the covenant and because of that, the writer begins with the foundation that many Gentiles don’t have a clear understanding of.

Hebrews 6:13 – For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, (Verse 14) saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” (Verse 15) And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. (Verse 16) For men indeed swear by the greater, an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute.

(Verse 17) Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, (Verse 18) that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. 

(Verse 19) This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, (Verse 20) where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

So this hope that we have that is based on God, can’t change or lie, anchors our soul. How much better we all would be if we understood that, while going through a storm,  God is our anchor, keeping us steady and not allowing us to sink.

When the Jews take an oath, they have to swear by someone greater than them. When God swore to bless Abraham, there was no one greater to swear the oath by, but Himself. On His own name, He swore by and He said there were two things that cannot change. In verse 17, God says His desire to show more abundantly to the “heirs of the promise”…

Who are the heirs of the promise? Romans 4:13 – For the “promise” that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. (Verse 14) For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect,…

Jesus Is Our High Priest Forever

Hebrews 6:20 – where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 7:17 – For He testifies “You are priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 7:23 – Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. (Verse 24) But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.

There is no possibility that Jesus won’t remain High Priest for those who believe in Him. This is not going to change. Now, look what it says in Hebrews 10: Hebrews 10:11 – and every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sin. (Verse 12) But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God. 

Jesus is our High Priest forever and always. There is no need for any other priest on this earth because they cannot take away sin! If Jesus is our High Priest when things are going good, is He still our High Priest when life takes a turn for the worse? He is and always will be the One we go to in every stage of our lives.

Jesus Is Our Mediator of the New Covenant Forever

This fact will never change: Hebrews 8:6 – But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.

Better covenant and better promises is the New Covenant. The old covenant was given to Moses when the children of Israel came out of Egypt – the Mosaic covenant. So, is the new covenant better? Yes, because the new covenant can do something the old covenant cannot do! It can clean our sin, not just cover it. And when it cleanses us, it can clean our conscience so that we don’t serve God out of “dead works!” A dead work is any work not initiated by God, or a work trying to earn the favor of God.

Hebrews 9:9 – It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience – (Verse 13) For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for purifying of the flesh, (Verse 14) how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Verse 15) And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

Hebrews 10:1, 2 – For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. (Verse 2) For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purged, would have had no more consciousness of sins.

Perfect doesn’t mean in our performance, but our position with God. The blood of Christ cleanses us from all sin and cleanses our conscience.

We become what we most focus on. Too many focus on their failures and their sins of the past. Why not put more focus on what Jesus has done and let it wash us clean? It’s called “Grace.” People who are more focused on sin will probably end up doing something that they don’t want to do.

Now, let’s compare the old covenant to the new covenant. God said to Israel that He wanted a covenant with them and there will be My part and Israel’s part. He said I will be your God and you will be My people; I’m going to love you; I’ll protect you; I will provide for you; I will fight your battles for you; and I will lead and guide you. And all the people said yes to that. Then He said, “Here is your part”: Keep the law, the whole law. He wrote it all down in Leviticus and Deuteronomy, which included what would happen if they didn’t obey his commandments. They all agreed, but broke the law the first day.

Here is the new covenant: God said to the individual, “I’m going to love you; I’m going to protect you; I will provide for you; I will forgive all your sins and you will live forever; and I will be your God.” Here is our part: Accept and receive My Son, because He not only died for you, but He kept the law perfectly which made Him the perfect sacrifice for your sin.

When we believe, we enter a covenant through the blood of Jesus Christ. God will never change what it takes to be one of His children. He is a never-changing God and cannot lie. He loves us so much that He sent His Son to take our place for the penalty of sin.

 

 

 

4 comments on “God’s Unchanging Nature

  1. So well stated. Thank you.

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  2. jennacar says:

    You say “Here is our part: Accept and receive My Son, because He not only died for you, but He kept the law perfectly which made Him the perfect sacrifice for your sin.” Well, where is the “If you love me, keep my commandments” part?

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    • Yes, that is also true, but after a person is saved. The first thing we have to do is accept and receive,and then we keep His commandments.

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      • jennacar says:

        That’s the trouble with Christians. They think to “believe’ is some kind of mental assent like “The Grand Canyon is deep.” Um–yeah. And nobody’s saved–not yet–that’s why Paul worked out his salvation with fear and trembling.

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