Drinking Deeply

Monday, July 24, 2006 at 12:52 PM

Attributes of God (7)

A walk through A.W. Pink's Attributes of God. Feel free to read along and comment.

Ch. 7: The Immutability of God -

Taking another topic that is rarely addressed, Pink looks at the immutability of God. God does not change. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, in both directions of time. He existed and always existed. I thought it was really cool to think about, especially the encouragement to prayer. Why would we pray to a God who answered sometimes and changed his mind later? Why should we pray to a God who was whimsical in His responses? Rather we pray to the almighty, the father of lights, who never changes. Whoa.

Pink also does a good job of dealing with those verses in the Bible which speak of God repenting. Since I like it so much, I'm going to copy his words here.
Thirdly, God is immutable in His counsel. His will never varies. Perhaps some are ready to object that we ought to read the following: "And it repented the Lord that He had made man" (Gen. 6:6). Our first reply is, Then do the Scriptures contradict themselves? No, that cannot be. Numbers 23:19 is plain enough: "God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent." So also in 1 Samuel 15:19, "The strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for He is not a man, that He should repent." The explanation is very simple. When speaking of Himself. God frequently accommodates His language to our limited capacities. He describes Himself as clothed with bodily members, as eyes, ears, hands, etc. He speaks of Himself as "waking" (Ps. 78:65), as "rising early" (Jer. 7:13); yet He neither slumbers nor sleeps. When He institutes a change in His dealings with men, He describes His course of conduct as "repenting."

Basically, when it speaks of God “repenting” it's not a changing of mind, but rather a change in His dealings with men. This change was planned in His mind from eternity (as His counsels never change).

In contrast, man is whimsical, changable, mutable. Our plans change by the second, because we can never see what's ahead and need to adjust to our circumstances. Humans are unreliable and God is our rock.
Herein is solid comfort. Human nature cannot be relied upon; but God can! However unstable I may be, however fickle my friends may prove, God changes not.
God's immutability is hope for the righteous and terror for the wicked.

Deut. 7
9Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, 10and repays to their face those who hate him, by destroying them. He will not be slack with one who hates him. He will repay him to his face. 11You shall therefore be careful to do the commandment and the statutes and the rules that I command you today.

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Blogger Joanna Martens said...

I love it...good post.  

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