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Attributes of God: Part 5

Updated on May 18, 2012
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I am a Christian pastor who wishes to bring glory to God in all that I do, and to help people through my writing to know Him better.



We are living in a world that is full of changes. The one thing we can count on is that nothing stays the same. A new car today, will be in the junk yard in a few years. People who are your best friends today could move away, decide they no longer like you, or they may die. Our healthy young bodies, turn into, out of shape, old bodies. Even if we take care of ourselves and exercise, it usually adds just a few short years to our lives.

We lose jobs, we get new ones. We work hard to grow a business, only to eventually turn it over to someone younger who may or may not be able to keep it going and growing. The truth is there is nothing and no one in this world that we can continually count on, for even the most reliable person doesn't live forever on this earth.

While we can count on nothing else in life, we can count on God. For He is immutable. That simply means that God does not change. This has to do with both God's essence and His character.

I. The Bible and God's Immutability

This attribute of God is emphasized in Scripture. Malachi 3:6; says: "I am the Lord, I change not." In the book of Hebrews we find that: "Thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail" (1:12). James calls God the Father: "The Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning" (1:17). The book of Hebrews also tells us about the Lord Jesus Christ. It says: "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).

II. Consequences of God's Immutability

What does it mean for us that God is immutable. It means that our God is dependable. In a world where public opinion changes like the wind, we can count on God to always be what He always has been.

His evaluation of humanity has not changed. His offer of salvation to those who come to Christ in faith has not changed. The certainty of life beyond the grave has not changed. Literally all of His promises to us who are His children remain constant in our generation and any other that may follow.

God's immutability means that His love for us will never diminish. Romans 8:38,39 says that absolutely nothing can separate us from that love of God which is in Jesus Christ our Lord. Nothing which we can do can cause God to love us any more. Nothing which we can do or have done can make God love us any less. The Lord has a perfect love for us which cannot fail. His love is part of His character. It is what makes God, God. If His love could be diminished, He would cease to be God.


God's immutability should be more than just an academic word. It should be something that is a source of comfort for us. It should also strengthen us and give us a sense of stability in an unstable world. No matter what we're going through in this life, God will always be there and stand with us to help us and be our friend. Let us all come to God today, and let Him wrap His arms around us. He will be there though others may leave. For our God never changes. 


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      Jeff Shirley 5 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      Thanks lifegate: I enjoy writing about our God. He is indeed great! And that line fits most people over 35. Even the physically fit cannot hold back the ravages of time forever. Thankfully our God is not subject to the decay that we are, in these sin-cursed bodies. And because of Christ, one day we won't be either. I'm looking forward to the new body He has promised us.

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      William Kovacic 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA


      Thanks for taking on these sometimes hard to understand attributes of our God. Your writing is clear and to the point and backed with Scripture.

      This may not be the most spiritual line in your hub, but it fits me perfectly! How did you know? (lol)--"Our healthy young bodies, turn into, out of shape, old bodies." Thanks for sharing!

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      Jeff Shirley 5 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      At times God does appear to be distant. If you look throughout Scripture, you see that God's people are allowed to go through times of trial. But there is a promise that all things are going to work together for good for those who love the Lord (Romans 8:28). If this life was all that we we were going to experience, then we might have reason to question. But this life with all of it's trials, is merely a speck on the map of eternity. We are being shaped by the potter to be vessels of honor to dwell with Him forever.

      It is good to know that Jesus, for the briefest period of time on that cross, took my place and was literally forsaken by the Father, so that I might not spend an eternity apart from Him. God will never forsake anyone who puts their trust in Him. He is an ever present help in times of trouble.

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      Jobanski 5 years ago

      A very simple and fundamental attribute of God. However, this knowledge can be extremely difficult to apply to one's own life. There have been many times in my life where I felt nailed to a cross calling out, "Father why hast thou forsaken me?!"