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Bible Basics 19–Our Unchanging God

John_logo_0015By: John McReynolds

Biblical immutability is a difficult concept for a lot of people. It is one of the most seemingly self-contradictory attributes of God—even the Bible appears to contradict itself in places where the immutability or unchangeableness of God is concerned.  For example, the Lord says of Himself in Malachi 3:6a, “For I, the LORD, do not change …”  And 1st Samuel 15:29—“Also the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind.” And yet in places the Bible seems to indicate that from time to time God does change His attitude toward people. 

For example, Genesis 6:6—“The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.” And Jeremiah 26:13—“Now therefore amend your ways and your deeds and obey the voice of the LORD your God; and the LORD will change His mind about the misfortune which He has pronounced against you.

However contradictory these verses appear, when we see what the Scriptures actually say about God’s unchanging character, not only will these apparent contradictions melt away, we will have a new sense of peace and confidence in the promises of God.

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