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What is immutability?                not only from Ur to Canaan but also from
          Immutability is the aspect of God’s   where you are to where He is calling
        character that shows us He is trustworthy.   you. Why is immutability so important?
        An immutable God is one who does not   Without it our confidence in all God has
        and cannot change. The Lord Himself de-  promised to do is unfounded.
        fines this attribute: “For I am the LORD, I    Where is immutability found?
        change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are
        not consumed” (Mal 3:6 KJV). Though at   Both testaments of Scripture are infused
        face value this may seem to be a descrip-  with evidence of this attribute. Aside
        tion of a stoic or even lifeless god, it is the   from the unequivocal statement found in
        very reason why He can still be trusted   Malachi, there are others which, though
        as a life-giving God. The weight, or the   less explicit, leave no room to deny His
        importance of immutability, permeates   immutability:  “Remember  the  former
        the pages of Scripture and ought to be   things of old: for I am God, and there is
        reflected in our relationship with Him on   none else; I am God, and there is none like
        a daily basis. This will become evident as   me, Declaring the end from the beginning,
        we consider the why, where, and how of   and from ancient times the things that are
        this great doctrine.                 not yet done, saying, My counsel shall
                                             stand, and I will do all my pleasure …
         Why is immutability so              yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to
        important?                           pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it”
           Consider the opposite of immutability.   (Isa 46:9-11 KJV).
        Imagine a God whose character changes.   Moving from the prophets to the psalms
        Depending on the climate or circum-  we find this note of confidence in “the
        stances, this deity would use different   patriot’s lament” :  “They  shall  perish,
        standards for the same situations. To give   but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them
        a more concrete example, consider Abra-  shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture
        ham. When he left Ur, following the Lord   shalt thou change them, and they shall be
        “not knowing whither,” he did know that   changed: But thou art the same, and thy
        the terrain and the troubles would change   years shall have no end” (102:26-27 KJV).
        wildly from his comfortable beginnings.   The NT witness to this doctrine is found
        However, if Abraham had the slightest   in the earliest epistles: “Every good gift and
        notion that the promises of a great nation   every perfect gift is from above, and co-
        and a great name were nothing more than   meth down from the Father of lights, with
        a slight possibility, he would not have left,   whom is no variableness, neither shadow
        and with good reason. God’s unchanging   ¹ Spurgeon, C.H., The Treasury of David, Psalm
        character guarantees His love and care,   102.

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