Without revelation, without even the fixed data which science affords, men formed ideal images and called them God. Immutability belongs only to God (cf. It is in our personal relations that we feel the identity or the changes of life. Indeed, there could be no providence without change; no providing and no rule would be possible if no new circumstances arose. And is He the same in His devotedness to the work of redemption? Then let us abide in Him to-day. What do we find it: them? Who so likely to deliver the faith and doctrine of Christ pure, as the primitive teachers of it, who received it from our Lord Himself; and were, by an extraordinary assistance of the Holy Spirit, secured from error and mistake in the delivery of it? THE WORDS "FOR EVER" FALL STRANGELY ON OUR EARS; THE SOLEMN FUTURE IS UNKNOWN AND UNIMAGINABLE. In disposition to fulfil them, and in power, Jesus Christ " is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." fail. He has got other things to occupy his thoughts since you and he were wont to meet." Our life continues the same in many vicissitudes, so long as the persons we have to do with are unchanged. For change there means progress, and the more the human embodiments of Christian truth disintegrate, the more distinctly does the solemn unique figure of Christ the same rise before us. "Of His kingdom there shall be no end." But it is not so with Jesus. 3. Jesus Christ is the same in His influence upon those who believe in Him. What is meant by all the entrancing books and papers published for children to-day? "Yes; but you would not know him, he is so greatly altered." Because we shall be fully convinced, that the vicissitudes of both proceed from the same cause, I mean the immutability of that God who saith by the mouth of one of His prophets, "I, the Lord, change not.". The applications of them vary, but the essential moral qualities themselves never change. "He continueth ever." 1. 1. The Divine in Jesus Christ is ever the same, His power in heaven, in earth, and in hell — His knowledge — all that hath been, all that is, and all that will be — His wisdom for device and design, for ruling and over-ruling, for ordering all beings and things — His presence in all places — His spotless purity, and undeviating righteousness — His unbounded love — are all "the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion that has ever But there is; in the teaching of Jesus Christ, another feature. That language can only have reference to a Divine Being, and it can only he with regard to His Divine qualities that Jesus Christ can be said to be immutable. To-day I This is the favourable time — this is the day of Jesus Christ's salvation. New they will be, but they will not be strange; the changes will but illustrate the unchangeable.IV. For that purpose He came here. Circumstances change us. Ask yourself why this should be so. This glory — the fulness of grace and truth — is "the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." II. So He is the same,(1)Yesterday to our fathers;(2)To-day to ourselves;(3)For ever to our children.(T. To-day, brethren, Jesus Christ is the same as when Peter and Johu rejoiced "that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name" — not counted worthy to wear some crown for His name, unless the crown be a crown of thorns, but " that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name." These things constitute being and character, and these in Him are without change.(A. In either application the words of my text are full of hope and of joy. A. IN HIS WORK. Still, too, He assures His disciples, "I will come again." Maclaren, D. D.)Yesterday and to-dayS. Maclaren, D. D.I. Nor is there any change in the great moral attributes which form the basis of the Divine character — justice, and truth, and love. "And did you see such a one?" That he is essentially Divine. to print Bibles. Jacob are not consumed. LET ME SPEAK TO YOU PERSONALLY OF THE UNCHANGING SAVIOUR. No; "the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever," there is nothing He ever did, in saving, blessing, sanctifying, that He cannot do again. Our life continues the same in many vicissitudes, so long as the persons we have to do with are unchanged. And these changes will continue — not absolutely, and for ever, but to-morrow, and for days in succession, until the last man, and the last day. How could they have made reflection, meditation, and thought, supply the place of hands and eyes, they who hardly knew what it was to meditate? )Jesus always the sameT. Christ is the everlasting solemn mountain itself. "All, times are sadly changed with him. Youth will wander and explore; but manhood asks a home wherein to dwell. Then let us with all our heart confide in Him to-day. Martin. We, on the other hand, neglect to love and forgive others. He will be here in all possible troubles. Here is a Being who came forth from the East. Eighteen centuries ago it was said of Him that "He manifested forth His glory." That Christ is unchangeable — let us take, then, this thought as a great power in our faith, a great consolation for our hearts, a great encouragement for our active and militant Christianity. Another particular which a faithful minister leaves to be remembered, is his injunctions and admonitions. And you to whom all your life long He has "stretched out His hands"; you who have still rejected Him, you to whom a Christian life has long seemed only a dream in memory, a possibility left far behind; to you too He is still the same. 2. And His heart is the same — sympathetic, patient, generous, tender as a woman's, strong in its personal attachment, and filled with a love which surpasseth knowledge. Moreover, this anointing signifies that as He has the office, and as it is His by right, so He has the qualifications for the work. In His will, in His purposes, in His principles, in His affections, He is for ever the same. His unchangeableness was also taught as opposed to any change of dynasties. Eighteen centuries ago it was said of Him that "He manifested forth His glory." Yesterday the hair of the husband was black as a raven — to-day it is white as wool. God saw the end from the beginning; He follows a plan eternally ordained, and the whole vast administration of creation is carried on in pursuance of certain great fixed ideas. Nay, but He is. THE WORDS "FOR EVER" FALL STRANGELY ON OUR EARS; THE SOLEMN FUTURE IS UNKNOWN AND UNIMAGINABLE. It has been supposed that the doctrine of God's decrees would repel men, and drive them into infidelity. He did not merely say, "Listen to Me"; He said, too, "Look at Me." In the first place, no change is to be imputed to Him such as comes to us by reason of age and the wearing of the body. He came to live as a man — He did live as a man. Difficulties will not daunt you, for He is the unchanging Helper. Mackennal, D. D.)The immutability of GodH. We may be troubled, but we cannot be daunted; surprised, but not unmanned. Cutting. In disposition to fulfil them, and in power, Jesus Christ " is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." He lightens death with an eternal hope. ", Mal 3:6, "For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of To those Christians who would read the words translated "for ever" in their original form, "unto the ages," they would have a further suggestion. Men have tried to destroy His character for centuries. "Of His kingdom there shall be no end." Let the stableness of His mercy to us work a stableness of our love to Him. Much in the popular conception of Christianity is in the act of passing. He is faithful. Martin. our sins, and to cleanse us from all un righteousness." To-day Jesus Christ is the same as when He said, "I am the vine; ye are the branches." 1. He gave Himself to it in the beginning; undertook it when man fell; made ready for His advent during four thousand years; came in the fulness of time. He is the revealer of what the apostle Paul calls present truth — and in His exhibition of that which it is essential for us to know, and essential for us to believe, He changeth not. As opposed to such a view of God, a creature of fancy, that changed with all the moods of the imagination, God was declared to be unchangeable. Truest companion, trustiest guide; He who "laid down His life for His friends"; Jesus Christ is " the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever."V. 10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. He cannot deny Himself.II. the time comes when the actor must leave the public stage; when the reins drop from the leader's grasp; and the orator's tongue falters; and the workman's stout arm grows feeble; and the fire of wit is quenched; and the man of genius turns into a drivelling idiot; and men of understanding, without any second birth, pass into a second childhood. In His will, in His purposes, in His principles, in His affections, He is for ever the same. Hamilton, D. D.Earthly friends are apt to change, and if they do not change they die. Again the thought of the immutable One bears up out of the confusion of changing things. We need not fear change within the limits of His Church or of His world. Well is it for you who trust in Christ. Yesterday our fathers and our mothers were young, and hale, and strong — to-day they lean towards the earth like half-felled trees, or they lie prostrate as trees wholly cut down. To those Christians who would read the words translated "for ever" in their original form, "unto the ages," they would have a further suggestion. But if we will only realise that all that sparkling lustre and all that more than mortal tenderness of pity and of love with which Jesus Christ has irradiated and sweetened any past is verily here with us amidst the commonplaces and insignificant duties of the dusty to-day, then we need look back to no purple distance, nor forward to any horizon where sky and earth kiss, but feel that here or nowhere, now or never, is Christ the all-sufficient and unchanging Friend. In what department of this universe shall we find immobility? gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out Take your stand on the quietest day in the stillest place you can find — change is going on around you with every moment of time, so restless is nature down to its very heart. That be is worthy of our utmost confidence. And His heart is the same — sympathetic, patient, generous, tender as a woman's, strong in its personal attachment, and filled with a love which surpasseth knowledge. Cutting.It is a beautiful moonlight night. The word Christ means anointed. to save is found in 1 Timothy 1:15. 1. These things constitute being and character, and these in Him are without change.(A. I may be told of many thinkers and poets since Homer and Plato whose works have become the property of humanity. He is faithful. The history of all creature existences shows that they are essentially mutable. This glory — the fulness of grace and truth — is "the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." 5. Take your stand on the quietest day in the stillest place you can find — change is going on around you with every moment of time, so restless is nature down to its very heart. He will not be unknown; He will be recognised who quickened, and guided, and sustained us, who was the steadfastness and identity of our passing earthly life. Yesterday Jesus Christ did all this — and what of to-day? Difficulties will not daunt you, for He is the unchanging Helper. Men who in poverty and obscurity have been accessible and genial, become haughty when idolised for their genius and fawned on for their wealth. It has been supposed that the doctrine of God's decrees would repel men, and drive them into infidelity. Hebrews 13:8. W. He does nothing, if I may be allowed to speak so, but arrange his actions differently, as his circumstances vary. He will be with us in the last moments of weakness, in the last sigh of agony. As opposed to such a view of God, a creature of fancy, that changed with all the moods of the imagination, God was declared to be unchangeable. His unchangeableness was also taught as opposed to any change of dynasties. As opposed to such a view of God, a creature of fancy, that changed with all the moods of the imagination, God was declared to be unchangeable. "Did he remember me?" III. Nor is there any such change possible to God as belongs to men by reason of their external circumstances.3. "I write no new commandment unto you"; I preach no new Christ unto you. The gods of heathen nations made war with each ether, maintaining themselves by the exertion of force against other gods, so that there were revulsions in high and heavenly places, and reigning dynasties were overthrown. As opposed to such a view of God, a creature of fancy, that changed with all the moods of the imagination, God was declared to be unchangeable. Truest companion, trustiest guide; He who "laid down His life for His friends"; Jesus Christ is " the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever."V. Guthrie, D. D.)Christ does not changeJ. When our impatience has been tamed, and our impetuosity has become subdued; when we have learned to distrust ourselves, and wish for an immutable goodness on which to stay; when we have learned to distrust the world, to look away from things and circumstances; after we have felt weariness and disappointment, we grow to value quiet. Yet here, where nothing is abiding but change — here where we "should imagine that we should get accustomed to change — we are always sighing for that which is the same to-day as yesterday, and which will be the same for ever. And is He the same in His devotedness to the work of redemption? But the moment a wrong motive is cherished in the heart, or an idle word escapes the lips unjudged, your happy experiences are smashed to pieces, and you are all restless and disturbed within, until in brokenness of spirit before God you confess your sin (the disturbing thing), and thus get restored once more to the calm, sweet joy of communion. And is He the same in His devotedness to the work of redemption? "And what of such another?" He is "the same yesterday, and today, and forever" in his great attributes - his eternity, spirituality, omniscience, omnipotence, etc. Indeed, there could be no providence without change; no providing and no rule would be possible if no new circumstances arose. Blessed are they who, in a world of passing phenomena, penetrate to the still centre of rest, and looking over all the vacillations of the things that can be shaken, can turn to the Christ and say, Thou who movest all things art Thyself unmoved; Thou who changest all things, Thyself changest not. Indeed, there could be no providence without change; no providing and no rule would be possible if no new circumstances arose. 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