immutability \ (ˌ)i(m)-ˌmyü-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē
not capable of or susceptible to change
God never changes.
Herman Bavinck said, “Immutability is a natural implication of God’s aseity.” (See the “aseity” post here.) And R. C. Sproul said that “God’s immutability is linked with His aseity because God is eternally what He is and who He is. His being is incapable of mutation or change.”
If God were not immutable, He would not be God. Change in God would diminish His being and, therefore, make Him become less and less. Which is not who God is. He is YHWH, the great I AM. He is being, not becoming. This is also why we rely on Him for our own becoming and being. He exists outside of time because He always is, but that does not mean He is not at work in our lives. Scripture assures us that He IS always working in the world and in us (see Isa. 42:9; 2 Cor. 5:17; Rev. 21:5).
Divine immutability is in stark contrast to the pantheistic religions whose gods change daily and without cause. There is no shadow of turning with our Lord (James 1:17) and He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
And, isn’t it amazing that even our English words do not perfectly describe God? R. C. Sproul pointed out that this word only communicated what He is by saying what He is not. He is not changing, therefore, He is immutable. Mind=blown.
I’m so thankful we serve a God who never changes, we can rely on Him! 💕
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