THE ETERNAL, IMMUTABLE GOD
Friday, December 22, 2017
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“God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:14

When God revealed Himself to Moses from the burning bush, He gave the name “I AM WHO I AM.” This name may seem obscure, but it actually reveals two important aspects of God’s character. First, God is eternal. Every moment of time is the same to God, something that only makes sense for a being without beginning or end. He exists now, always has existed, and always will exist. We could even read His name as “Always,” the God who always is.

Comparing the opening verses of Genesis and the Gospel of John might help us understand the eternal nature of God. Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” This verse refers to a specific moment in time, the first moment when God began time itself; He began the beginning. John 1:1 speaks in the past tense of something that occurred before the beginning: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” The Word is Jesus Christ, who, as the eternal God, existed before time began.

“I AM WHO I AM” also implies God is immutable. We can ask: What makes God angry today? What pleases Him today? In what condition does He pour out His love and grace today? The answers are in the Bible. We can read from Genesis to Revelation and know with certainty we have the same God now, living and active in this world as He has always been. Our world, however, is constantly changing, especially when it comes to ideals, philosophies, ethics and moral values.

God’s eternal and immutable nature gives us reason to depend on Him. Unlike the changing universe, God does not decay or slow down. He does not change in His being or character but is a constant in the face of uncertainty. His Word is true and trustworthy because it comes from a God who sees all of time at once, who knows exactly how history will turn out, and who is working to bring about His purposes in a world full of chaos and turmoil.

All-powerful, all-knowing, in all places at all times, eternal nature and immutability are attributes that are God’s alone, but He also has attributes He shares with us: His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are what Paul refers to in Galatians 5:22 as “the fruit of the Spirit”. They come from God, and we can take comfort in the fact that the Spirit of God in whom we trust is unchanging. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” He is now and forever where our security lies.

PRAYER: Eternal Father, I praise You for who You are and for always being the same. Thank You for the work of Your Holy Spirit in conforming me to express the “fruit of the Spirit”.


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