Q&A: God's Immutability

God's Immutability

Is God immutable?

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Hebrews 13:8 says Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. It might help you to think of a wheel turning. In the axle driving that wheel there's a mathematical point right at the center, and that point does not move. It remains constant. It remains still. So, one could say then that God is an unmoved mover. But as soon as we've said that, there's a danger lurking, for the language of the unmoved mover is actually the language of Greek philosophical ideas. But the god of the Greeks was one who was unknowable. And that's not how the God of the Bible is described. The God of the Bible is a person, and he deals with his people, he loves his people, he comes to his people. With a strong right arm he delivers the nation of Israel out of Egypt. So, the God of the Hebrew Scriptures is one who's a person and one who reveals himself in love. Faithfulness through time we dare not forget that.

Answer by Dr. Gordon Isaac

Dr. Gordon Isaac is Berkshire Associate Professor of Advent Christian Studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary