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10 Attributes of God Lesson 5 Immutability

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This is a series of ten lessons on the attributes of God. These lessons are not meant for seminary study, but for the everyday believer who wants to gain a practical understanding of the subject for their own personal growth and reading; for small group bible studies, or for teaching and edification in church.

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10 Attributes of God Lesson 5 Immutability

  1. 1. ATTRIBUTES OF GOD LESSON 5 THE IMMUTABILITY OF GOD Ptr./Dr. JF Smith Faith Missionary Church & Bible Institute jfrsmth@gmail.com [no “i” in jfrsmth]
  2. 2. What does the term immutability mean? Immutable : • incapable of change or variation in quality, form, or nature
  3. 3. The immutability of GOD means... GOD does not change GOD does not change His mind GOD does what He says He will do
  4. 4. GOD is the SAME, has always been the same, and always will be the same Malachi 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not... GOD does not need to change, because He is perfect.
  5. 5. Surer than the sun James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
  6. 6. GOD cannot change His mind If He has to change His mind, it means there was some defect in his thinking: something He didn’t know some new information something that was not right that had to be changed. Since we know that GOD knows all things, that could not be possible.
  7. 7. GOD does what He says He will do (He keeps His word) Malachi 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Sons of Jacob : Israelites (continually disobeyed GOD)
  8. 8. Israel did much wickedness Judges 2:10-12 10 ...there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD... 11 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim: 12 ...they forsook the LORD God of their fathers… followed other gods… bowed themselves unto them
  9. 9. GOD’s Word to Abraham (Abram) Genesis 12:1-3 1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, … 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
  10. 10. Later, it became a covenant (oath) Genesis 22:17-18 17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; 18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
  11. 11. (Even though Israel sinned greatly) GOD kept His word Land Earthly: Israel became a great nation Spiritual: Heaven Seed Earthly: A large population Spiritual: Jesus Christ Blessing Earthly: Protection and abundance Spiritual: Salvation to all nations
  12. 12. GOD vs. Man Job 23:13 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth. GOD always knows what to do... How to do it… When to do it… And who should do it... He always knows where to go… and why!
  13. 13. GOD’s immutability is why He is compared to a Rock Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. We change, emotions change, feelings change, thinking changes but GOD does not change.
  14. 14. Repent [here] : change of mind Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
  15. 15. Three Points of Immutability 1. The immutability of GOD’s word 2. The immutability of GOD’s judgment 3. The immutability of GOD’s salvation
  16. 16. 1. The immutability of GOD’s Word
  17. 17. GOD’s Word What GOD says, He will DO What GOD says, is CERTAIN What GOD says, will COME TO PASS
  18. 18. A person’s name is as good as his Word When we think of a certain person, sometimes we think He is unreliable He is reliable Why? Because he does not keep his word, or he does keep his word So, we have a negative or positive view of that person We do not believe him, or we do believe him
  19. 19. GOD says His word is higher than His name Psalm 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
  20. 20. The Israelites had profaned the name of GOD Ezekiel 39:7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel. profaned : dishonored; made it look bad
  21. 21. Don’t we do the same sometimes? Romans 2:24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written. Sometimes we shame the name of the Lord before the unsaved, by our attitudes, behaviors, and words.
  22. 22. GOD declared what would happen to Israel for shaming His Holy name Ezekiel 36:12 Yea, I will cause men to walk upon you, even my people Israel; and they shall possess thee, and thou shalt be their inheritance... And, it happened as GOD said. He kept His word, for His Holy name’s sake!
  23. 23. There is no higher authority than GOD’s word Hebrews 6:13 13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself swear : a serious promise; a solemn oath
  24. 24. When we swear, we are saying that we can control all things Matthew 5:34, 36-37 34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: 36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. 37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
  25. 25. Just keep your word, as GOD does James 5:12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.
  26. 26. When we do what we say, we honor GOD If we say 10am, then be there at 10am. If we say I will ___, then do it. If we agree to something, then we do it/not do it. honor GOD: to esteem; to revere; to show submission to; to reflect GOD
  27. 27. (When we keep our word) We are like GOD Ephesians 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God… (A follower is an imitator) (Also, c/w Matthew 5:45, 48; Luke 6:36) We have no idea how much/many people watch Christians
  28. 28. 2. The immutability of GOD’s Judgement
  29. 29. Sin brings death Ezekiel 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die (see also 18:20).
  30. 30. After death, judgment... Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: Once to die: No reincarnation, no second chance.
  31. 31. The unsaved are condemned, the saved are not... John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. are : a present state
  32. 32. The immutability of GOD ensures that: All shall be judged Revelation 20:11-12, 15 11 And I saw a great white throne... 12 ...the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
  33. 33. Romans 1:29-32 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
  34. 34. GOD will not feel sorry about His judgment Ezekiel 8:18 Therefore will I also deal in fury: Mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in Mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.
  35. 35. The immutability of GOD ensures that: punishment is inevitable Proverbs 11:21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered. It is inevitable, because GOD spoke it, GOD does not change -- He always hates sin
  36. 36. The (immutable) HOLINESS of GOD demands everlasting separation and everlasting punishment! GOD Holy, Holy, Holy (Isaiah 6:3) SIN (Disobedience)
  37. 37. The world was judged once before
  38. 38. Genesis 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually
  39. 39. Genesis 6:7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth;
  40. 40. The Flood left evidence of GOD’s judgment 2 Peter 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: For this they willingly are ignorant… (2 Peter 3:5)
  41. 41. Another judgment is coming
  42. 42. This time by fire 2 Peter 3:6-7 6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
  43. 43. Will you be saved from it?
  44. 44. Believers are not exempt.
  45. 45. 3. The immutability of GOD’s Salvation
  46. 46. The immutability of GOD ensures that salvation is forever John 6:57 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. hath [has] : present possession
  47. 47. John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. hath [has] : present possession shall not : future negation is passed : (perfect) already happened
  48. 48. John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. is not condemned : (perfect) negation; already happened
  49. 49. GOD keeps His word Ephesians 1:7 In whom [Jesus Christ] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; have : present possession
  50. 50. The immutability of GOD ensures that it is everlasting salvation Roman 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. [repentance : taking back] This should bring great comfort to believers who struggle with eternal security
  51. 51. But, be sure, be very sure 2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? Examine yourself for misplaced faith
  52. 52. “Examine yourselves” Are you trusting in a prayer that you prayed? Are you trusting in a change in your life? Are you trusting in an experience? Are you trusting in your feelings? ... your church? … your baptism?
  53. 53. Or, are you trusting in Jesus Christ alone? Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: Paul did not care about any other thing (see 3:4-8). The only thing that mattered to him, was being found in Christ.
  54. 54. Let us learn from Abraham Romans 4:3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Romans 4:21-22 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
  55. 55. Questions people ask about GOD’s immutability. 1. Does GOD repent (change His mind)? 2. When we pray, can we change GOD’s mind?
  56. 56. 1. Does GOD repent? Genesis 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
  57. 57. Does GOD change His mind? We must understand statements like these in the light of GOD’s immutability as revealed in His Word: Comparing Scripture with Scripture.
  58. 58. We know that GOD is the SAME, has always been the same, and always will be the same Malachi 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
  59. 59. Therefore, repented here cannot mean that GOD changed His mind It must mean something else Another definition of repent Such as sorrowful Genesis 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
  60. 60. What about Nineveh? Jonah 3:10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.
  61. 61. Nineveh We must understand statements like these in the light of GOD’s immutability Repented here means that GOD’s anger and intended course of action were assuaged [satisfied] because they repented GOD is both holy and merciful This was a conditional decree
  62. 62. repent : turn from an imminent [certain] course of action Jeremiah 18:8 If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.
  63. 63. It is going to hit its target. An imminent course of action But it is stopped. Unless stopped (“assuaged”), it would have hit its target. Judgment Mercy They repented X
  64. 64. Moses interceded for Israel Exodus 32:9-11, 14 9 And the LORD said unto Moses... 10 Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation. 11 And Moses besought the LORD his God… 14 And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.
  65. 65. When it comes to these questions, remember, GOD is omniscient GOD already knew what Moses would do. GOD already knew what He would do. There was no surprise here.
  66. 66. Moses a type of Mediator: a type of Christ Moses was acting as a mediator between GOD and Israel so that they would not be destroyed The wrath of GOD was assuaged through mediation A type of Jesus Christ (c/w Ac 7:37; Heb 3:1-5) Remember, GOD is also merciful
  67. 67. 2. What about when we pray? Can we change GOD’s mind?
  68. 68. Does prayer change GOD’s mind? James 4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not First, it is His will to give us certain things, but we do not ask.
  69. 69. Does prayer change GOD’s mind? 1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
  70. 70. So, if I pray according to GOD’s will, does GOD’s mind change? Q: How do I know GOD’s will?
  71. 71. The immutability of GOD can encourage the believer
  72. 72. We can have boldness Hebrews 13:6 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. 7 … 8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
  73. 73. We can have confidence because GOD is immutable Hebrews 10:19-20 19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus 20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh
  74. 74. We can be comforted 2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. We can rest upon GOD’s immutable word
  75. 75. We can trust that one day, GOD will make all things right Isaiah 3:10-11, 13 10 Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. 11 Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him. 13 The LORD standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people.
  76. 76. Non-believers have reason to tremble at GOD’s immutability A believer is one who trusts Jesus Christ. Many people call themselves Christians.
  77. 77. The Day of the Lord is coming Isaiah 2:12, 17 12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low: 17 And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.
  78. 78. John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
  79. 79. No reincarnation. No second chance to get it right. Be sure, be very sure. GOD, will not change His mind! Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
  80. 80. Salvation Immutable death in sin and separation vs. Immutable life in Christ
  81. 81. OUR CORRUPT CONDITION (from head to toe)
  82. 82. The (immutable) HOLINESS of GOD demands everlasting separation and everlasting punishment! GOD Holy, Holy, Holy (Isaiah 6:3) In the world (In sin) SIN
  83. 83. The immutable HOLINESS of GOD met GOD’s immutable MERCY on the Cross of Christ GOD Holy, Holy, Holy SIN (Disobedience) JESUS CHRIST the RIGHTEOUS Colossians 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
  84. 84. JESUS CHRIST did the WORK on the CROSS 2,000 years ago He did for us, what we could NOT do for ourselves . . . please GOD “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt 3:17). It is finished “…he [God the Father] hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him [Jesus Christ] from the dead” (Ac 17:31).
  85. 85. Christ made the way John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
  86. 86. SIN Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. JESUS CHRIST In the world (In sin) In Christ (Holy and Reconciled) Believe (Ac 16:30)
  87. 87. END OF LESSON 5 QUIZ TIME
  88. 88. Basically, the immutability of GOD means... 1. GOD does not change (He is perfect) 2. GOD does not change His mind 3. GOD does what He says He will do
  89. 89. GOD is the SAME, has always been the same, and always will be the same Malachi 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
  90. 90. GOD’s immutability is why He is compared to a Rock Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
  91. 91. GOD says His word is higher than His name Psalm 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
  92. 92. When we do what we say, we honor GOD If we say 10am, then be there at 10am. If we say I will ___, then do it. If we agree to something, then we do it/not do it.
  93. 93. Sin brings death Ezekiel 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die (see also 18:20).
  94. 94. The immutability of GOD ensures that: Punishment is inevitable Proverbs 11:21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.
  95. 95. The immutability of GOD ensures that: Salvation is forever John 6:57 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
  96. 96. As believers, we can be comforted by GOD’s immutability 2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
  97. 97. Non-believers have reason to tremble at GOD’s immutability
  98. 98. Salvation Immutable death in sin and separation vs. Immutable life in Christ
  99. 99. END of LESSON 5 The IMMUTABILITY of GOD NEXT: Lesson 6 The JUSTICE of GOD

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