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Written by Aaron Running

2/15/2017

The Hope In God's Immutability


Have you ever looked back at your life and thought about all of the ways you have changed? Some of the things you liked, you don’t like anymore. Or some of things that you didn’t like, you like now. Think about some of the things you were passionately against, you probably support now. We live in a culture that is constantly changing.

Have you ever just desired something that is sure and steady? You see, the Bible would point us to God as this something that our hearts long for as sure and steady. Even greater than that, He is not just a thing, He is a person that is sure and steady. He is unchanging. This attribute has been termed His “immutability”.

Malachi 3:6 lays this out word for word:

For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.”

Isn’t that crazy to think about? The God who has always been, before creation, and will always be, has not changed. As a people that are constantly changing, we cannot even begin to fully understand this. But that is okay. He is God and we are not. If we were fully able to understand this, would He truly be God?

Where is the hope in this?

As God is unchanging, so is His Word. In fact, God’s Word is very much a part of who He is. Scripture would tell us that Jesus is the Word of God that became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:1-14). So every statement, plan, and commandment that God has said in the Bible has not changed and will fulfill his purpose because it was fulfilled in Jesus.

Luke 21:33 says:

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”

There is hope in this because the God who does not change and whose Word will fulfill His purpose, has made promises to us in Jesus, if we have placed our faith in Him.

2 Corinthians 1:20

For all the promises of God find their Yes in him (Jesus). That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.”

This is what our hearts have been longing for whether we know it or not. A sure and steady hope in the person that has always been and always will be. This God came to us in the form of a man named Jesus.

Hebrews 13:8 says:

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

These promises that have been made to us in Jesus are: the forgiveness of sin (Eph. 1:7), the power to conquer sin (Gal. 2:20), being reconciled to God (Rom. 5:10), His return for us (Rev. 22:20-21), eternal life with Him (John 3:16), where there will be no more pain, suffering, or death (Rev. 21:4) and many more promises. 

We can take God at His Word because we can look to his already fulfilled purposes in scripture. Even more, we can take God at his Word because of the great lengths that He went to reconcile us to Himself. He took the full weight of sin upon himself, gave His life for us, and rose from the dead for us, in Jesus. This is the unchanging God that we can place our hope and faith in.

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Aaron is our church administrator and serves as one of our Deacons. He is a husband to his wife Stephanie and father to their daughter Sawyer. In his free time, he enjoys a good Netflix show, reading, and writing. You can find more of his writing on his blog.