God IS: A meditation on immutability and holiness

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

Hebrews 13:8

So. I am reading a bible plan on my bible app that focuses on Rosh Hashanah, which is the Jewish New Year. The reason I started reading it was because it is titled “A Call to Repentance”. I am enjoying learning from it because it rekindled my “fear of the Lord”. Why? Because God IS, and we’d do well to remember that.

The remarkable thing about God that we often miss with everybody talmbout these “new moves of God” is that God is immutable. Immutable means unchanging and not changeable. The requirements that God have in the past weren’t just for show—they gave man the requirements for walking blameless and holy—and they have not changed because the law of the Old Testament was the written expression of God’s character and explicit instructions on how to do His principles. What observers of the Written Law missed, though, (and what the author points out in subtle ways) is the Spirit of the law.

The law was designed to make you think about what you do and why you do it: what brought you to this place of sin to begin with? Where is the iniquity that must be uprooted in the presence of God so that you can live in unity with your fellow man?

The Written Law, when held up against our hearts, illuminated the wickedness inherent in being born in sin and shapen in iniquity (Psalm 51).

But God knew that our flesh would never get the revelation, and so God gave us Jesus Christ. In Jesus, we become NEW CREATIONS (2 Corinthians 5:17), the same “new” that we misinterpret in Isaiah 43:18-19 when God says, “Behold, I do a new thing!” The new thing isn’t some new wave of revelation (the revelation is still of The Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; it isn’t some new way to worship (God has already outlined what is acceptable worship in His sight) or fasting (same) or praise (ditto); the new thing of which God spoke was the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ for the remediation of our sins once for all (Hebrews 10:10).

Our job daily is to walk in the newness of life (Romans 7:6) and tell others about the light of world who allows us to walk in the light of life (John 8:12). When we do this, we experience the “new thing” that God said God would do, and in His presence we will find fullness of joy (Psalm 16:18).

In this season of repentance, I encourage you to go to the throne of our Lord and His grace boldly, allowing His Spirit to work out of your heart that which is contrary to His Will so that you may live fully according to His Purpose.

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