No Change

When we look around us, we see change in many things.  We see change in the environment and the weather with global warming.  We see change in technology with computers and cell phones being very common and very powerful.  We see changes in our governments and in those that are in power.  We see change in the popular fashions and the clothes that people wear.  And we see change in people as they grow older.  There are many other things where we observe change.

Many people resist change.  They want everything to stay the same.  Often they are afraid of change because they are comfortable with the old and they are unfamiliar with the new.  Why can’t things stay the same?  But sometimes change is good.  As Christians, we must change from our old sinful life so that we live in ways that please God.  Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”   Here the apostle beseeches or pleads with us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.  We must change the way we think which in turn will change our actions.

However, we can take comfort that God does not change.  Revelation 1:8 “’I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,’ says the Lord, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.’”  Psalms 90:2 “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.”  Psalms 102:24-27 “I said, ‘O my God, do not take me away in the midst of my days; Your years are throughout all generations.  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, they will all 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.”  God has always been and will always be.  The earth and the heavens will grow old and God will change them.  But God Himself will not change.

The nature of God doesn’t change.  He is and always will be holy.  Revelation 4:8 “The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:  “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, was and is and is to come!” Psalms 86:15 “But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.”  God is and always will be full of compassion, gracious, longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.  God is love.  1 John 4:16 “And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.”  God is also a God of judgement and He takes vengeance.   Hebrews 10:30-31 “For we know Him who said, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord. And again, ‘The Lord will judge His people.’  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”  James 1:16-17 “Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”  There is no variation or shadow of turning in God the Father.  We can take comfort in the fact that He does not change.  He has revealed to us His nature and we can depend upon that nature always being the same.  He has also revealed His plans and His promises and His promises are sure.  Hebrews 6:17-18 “Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath,  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.”

Jesus Christ also does not change.  In speaking to the Jews, Jesus stated in John 8:56-58 “’Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.’  Then the Jews said to Him, ‘You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?’  Jesus said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.’”   Jesus, the Word, is described in John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”  His becoming a man did not change His nature.  Hebrews 13:8-9a “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines.”

Do not follow various or strange doctrines.  Since God and Jesus are unchanging in nature, their teachings and their doctrines also do not change.  That which is revealed to us in the Bible has been and will always be true.  We do not need a new revelation or new prophesies or a new gospel.  Galatians 1:6-9 “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel,  which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.  But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.  As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.”

Praise God and Jesus Christ that they are the same and will always be the same.  You can depend upon their nature and their promises.  I encourage you to not follow new and strange doctrines but hold on to that which has been revealed to us in Scripture.