When anything changes it is no longer what it was. It is less or more. If God changed in any way He would not be God.
This is a difficult concept for all we know in this world is changeable. Even the heavens and earth will change, yet God is always the same (Psalm 102:25-27; 2 Peter 3:10-13). What He is He has always been and will always be. What He knows He has always known and will always know (Proverbs 8:22f, 30f).
The ancients represented unchangeableness by a cube, four-square, the same on every side. No matter where you stand it is always the same. James wrote that God’s shadow does not vary because He does not turn or shift positions (James 1:17). God told Moses to refer to Him as “I AM” (Exodus 3:13-14), the eternal present.
Omnipresence and omniscience ensures that God is seeing all places in all human history at the same moment (Isaiah 46:9-10). His knowledge is always current. He is never uncertain of all the facts. Nothing unforeseen requires him to change his mind or make a correction.
We are accustomed to people breaking promises. God never breaks a promise. What He says He always does (Numbers 23:19). He has proven Himself trustworthy over time (Hebrews 6:13-20). How uncertain would God’s promises be if He were changeable?
What He says He means. And, He will hold us accountable for it, always.
- How is God different from people in this quality?
- Why is God’s immutability important to one’s faith?
- How does this quality affect our view of the future?