November 9, 2012

Unchanging Eternal One

Our Eternal God

Our lives here are marked off by minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years. We are regulated pretty much by a daily routine: a time to rise, a time to eat, a time to work, and a time to relax (Ecclesiastes 3). Our lives themselves have a schedule; there is a time to be born, a time to grow, a time to provide for our families, perhaps a time of retirement, and certainly a time to die and thereby pass into an eternity. Contemplating the mystery of this totally new experience fills the mind of the believer with awe and wonder, yet for those who are not prepared for the future the very thought of eternity is enough to strike terror within their breast. It is for that very reason that so many do their best to push the thought of death and eternity completely aside. They don't want to think about it.

That human stain that is the spectacle of humanity thinks he can drowned sin out by the thoughts of earning eternity with another action or deed, only to find reality staring him in the face when he comes out of his stupor.  That nothing he did saved him except the accepting of the free gift of grace form God (Romans 3:24).

There are many that attempt to put the thought of death and eternity out of their minds but the older they get the larger reality looms large. They may engross themselves in their earthly pursuits with such great intensity that they speak and act as if they will never die, but down within their hearts death is already eating away at them through both disease and sin.

Eternity, a mysterious word because we are such flawed finite creatures. We are totally dependent on an eternal God not only for salvation but for eternity itself. For without God there would be neither.

Our Unchanging God

Along the same parallel that God is eternal in Being, is His immutability or the fact He is unchanging. God does not change. God's character and purposes cannot be altered. God is perfect, therefore cannot change for the better. And, since He is God, He cannot change for the worse since God cannot go against his very nature which is righteous and holy.

“I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed ~ Malachi 3:6.

These words were stated because God’s nation Israel was not living for God when Malachi was preaching to them. For that reason they would be chastened and after Malachi, God would go silent for nearly 450 years. Yet God promised right through this judgment itself He would bring Israel to the place of blessing. Even though the people had done wickedly and deserved no favors from God, His wonderful promises to them would yet be realized in His very Son Jesus Christ. Thank God that God never changes! His unchangeable character is the reason Israel had not been destroyed and it is the very reason sinful man does not get vaporized for their sins which they so rightly deserve even now! All that He ever has been, He ever will be…He is immutable and timeless.

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