Of Himself, God says through the Prophet Malachi, “For I am the Lord, I change not. . .” (Mal. 3:6). The Word of God further states that there is no variableness or shadow of turning with the Father of lights (Jas. 1:17). These and other passages teach the truth of the immutability of God. This same attribute characterizes our Lord Jesus Christ of whom it is said, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8). Change is true of men and this world in time; immutability describes God and His Son.
Since God is perfect, He cannot change, for any change must be either for the better or for the worse. If God changed for the better, then He would not have been perfect and, thus, not God. If He changed for the worse, though perfect at one time, He would have become imperfect, and thus, ceased to be God. But God cannot change! Someone will contend, “He could change if He wanted to change.” But God cannot will to change because of His immutable nature. His nature determines His will, not visa versa. It is said of God that He cannot lie (Titus 1:2). He has no ability to lie because of His immutable and holy nature.
Because God does not change, truth cannot change. Moses says of God, “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he” (Deut. 32:4). Truth comes from God; therefore, it cannot change. What is true today was true yesterday, and shall be true tomorrow. Absolute truth is never what is true to an individual at this moment. Truth is objective, not subjective. Truth is what the immutable God has declared it to be. The Word of God is truth (John 17:17). That truth is taught to us by the Spirit of truth (John 16:13), and in that truth is revealed the Lord Jesus Christ who alone is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).
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