Everything in this life changes. Humans change from the moment they enter into this world until the day they die. Our houses get older and dilapidated. Our cars devalue from the moment they are purchased. Is it any wonder why most believe that God himself must also change? However, to the dismay of the world, our God changes not!
God’s Existence Does Not Change
“Of old You found the earth; And the heavens are the work of your hands. Even they all perish, but You endured, And all of them will wear out like a garment. . . but you are the same, and your years will not come to an end” (Psa. 102:25-27).
God had no beginning nor does he have an ending. There was never a time in which God did not exist. He will never cease to be, nor will he ever cease to be what he already is. He is deserving of our trust because “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deut. 33:27).
God’s Character Does Not Change
“And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM’ and He said, ‘Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you'” (Exod. 3:14). God will never become less fair, honest, truthful, or good than perfection will allow. The character of God today is exactly as it was in Bible times, and as it will be long after this world ceases to be. The New Testament describes God as “the Father of lights, with Whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow” (Jas. 1:17).
God’s Purpose Does Not Change
“And the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind” (1 Sam. 15:29). The Psalmist declared, “The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the thoughts of His heart to all generations” (Psa. 33:11). Some may wonder about a few passages which seem to indicate that God repented (Gen. 6:6 ff; 1 Sam. 15:11; Jon. 3: 10; etc.). However, it must be understood that none of these suggest a change in his eternal purpose. They are cases of God’s reversal of his prior treatment of an individual or group because the people had changed to God’s eternal Will, not that He changed to man’s will. God’s purpose always has two solutions: Obey God and live or disobey God and die. It was true in the beginning of time and is true today (Mk 16:16 f; Lk 13:3).
God’s Son Does Not Change
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, yes and forever” (Heb. 13:8). Jesus loves us as much today as he did on the road to Calvary. There is a story of someone asking him, “How much do you love me?” Jesus answered, “This much” and he stretched his arms out wide, and died (Jn 15:13,14). Certainly the gift Jesus has given us shows us that his love is eternal. His death proves that his love is undying. Jesus is “the Living One, and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore” (Rev. 1: 18). Jesus is “able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” (Heb. 7:25). He is our absolutely trustworthy friend. What kind of friend do we have in Jesus? The kind that changes not! The kind that lies not (Heb 6:18). The kind that keeps his promises (Rom 4:21 f; 1 Thess 5:24).
Conclusion: Yes, God’s covenant has changed that he made with Moses on Mount Sinai. However, we worship the same God that created both heaven and earth, not a new one. His character remains the same. We can know what he is like now by observing what he was like then. His purpose remains unchanged.
God commands and expects man to obey. This was true then, and it is true today. God rewarded those who obeyed Him then, and rewards those who obey Him today. In like manner, God punished those who disobeyed him then, and punishes those who disobey him today. Therefore it was true then to fear God and keep His commandments and it is true today (Eccl 12:13 f; Jn 14:15)!