The Immutability of God

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God’s immutability is his perfect unchangeability in his essence, character, purpose, and promises.

The quality of not being susceptible to change. In theology it signifies the attribute, or perfection, of God whereby he remains the same in his divine nature and purpose.

1. He is eternally the same (Ps. 102:25–27).

2. He is the first and the last (Isa. 41:4; 43:10; 44:6; 48:12).

3. He is what he is (Ex. 3:14).

4. He is incorruptible, alone having immortality, always remaining the same (Rom. 1:23; 1 Tim. 1:17; 6:15–16; Heb. 1:11–12).

5. His thought, purpose, will, and decrees are unchangeable:

a. He executes his threats and promises (Num. 23:19; 1 Sam. 15:29).

b. He does not repent of his gifts and calling (Rom. 11:29).

c. He does not cast off people with whom he has made a unilateral covenant (Rom. 11:1).

d. He glorifies those whom he foreknows (Rom. 8:29–30).

e. He perfects what he starts (Ps. 138:8; Phil. 1:6).

f. His faithfulness never lessens (Lam. 3:22–23).

6. He does not change (Mal. 3:6; James 1:17).

Unchangeable in his Essence

Malachi 3:6 ESV
“For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.
Exodus 3:14 ESV
God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’ ”
Hebrews 13:8 ESV
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
James 1:17 ESV
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

Unchangeable in his Character

Jeremiah 31:3 ESV
the Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
Isaiah 54:10 ESV
For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
Psalm 100:5 ESV
For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

Unchangeable in his Purposes

Hebrews 6:17–18 ESV
So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.
1 Samuel 15:29 ESV
And also the Glory of Israel will not lie or have regret, for he is not a man, that he should have regret.”
Psalm 33:11 ESV
The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations.

Man: the Unstable Sea

Genesis 49:4 ESV
Unstable as water, you shall not have preeminence, because you went up to your father’s bed; then you defiled it—he went up to my couch!
Isaiah 57:20 ESV
But the wicked are like the tossing sea; for it cannot be quiet, and its waters toss up mire and dirt.
Psalm 146:3 ESV
Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
How does man’s changing impact our lives?
Gen 49.
Is 5720
When is it a good thing? When is it a bad thing?

Our Confidence Because of God’s Immutability

Why is God’s Immutability important?
Romans 11:29 ESV
For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
1 John 1:9 ESV
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 5:14 ESV
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
1 Jn
1 John 1:9 ESV
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
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