Does it matter much if God can change? Or to put it in other terms, is it important to you and me that we understand and embrace the truth of divine immutbility? Continue reading . . .
Does it matter much if God can change? Or to put it in other terms, is it important to you and me that we understand and embrace the truth of divine immutbility?
Although these next two texts speak specifically of God the Father, they apply equally to the other two persons in the Godhead, both the Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit:
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows" (James 1:17).
"I the Lord do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed" (Mal. 3:6).
Or consider these statements:
"In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. But you remain the same, and your years will never end" (Ps. 102:25-27).
"Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God" (Ps. 90:2; cf. 93:2).
Let’s think for a moment about the plans or purposes of God as he is revealed in Jesus Christ. To deny immutability to God's purpose or plan would be no less an affront to Christ than to predicate change of his being, life, and character. There are, as I understand, only two reasons why God would ever be forced or need to alter his purpose:
(a) if he lacked the necessary foresight or knowledge to anticipate any and all contingencies (in which case he would not be omniscient; contrary to the claims of open theism); or
(b) assuming he had the needed for