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Our Unchanging God and a Change in the Law

The fact that the Lord does not change (Mal. 3:6; Jas. 1:17; Heb. 13:8) simply means that His character is immutable and His nature is consistent, but this has nothing to do with the various ways God has operated throughout human history. Even if God were to change His mind (cf. Gen. 6:6-8; 18:20-32; Num. 16:20-24), this would not affect His consistent nature or suggest that His inherent attributes are changeable. God completed His work of creation long ago (Gen. 2:1), and even though He is no longer doing what He did in the beginning, the Creator Himself is unchanged. Although God has communicated to man in a variety ofdiverse ways through the ages (Heb. 1:1-2), the Lord Himself remains the same. Under the old law God required a Levitical priesthood (Num. 18), but God’s consistent nature is not impugned when the Bible says: “For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law” (Heb. 7:12). At one time God required such things as animal sacrifices, circumcision, Sabbath observance, and a temple in Jerusalem, but all these items have been superseded by the new covenant of Jesus Christ (Heb. 8:1-13). While God Himself is changeless, the old covenant of the Jews has become obsolete (Heb. 8:13), is changed, annulled, weak and unprofitable (Heb. 7:12, 18), was merely a foreshadowing of things to come (Heb. 10:1), was taken out of the way (2 Cor. 3:14; Col. 2:14; Heb. 10:9), and we are no longer under it or justified by it (Gal. 2:16; 3:24-25). Despite the various covenants God has made in the past (Rom. 9:4; Eph. 2:12; cf. Gen. 6:18; 9:9; 15:18; Deut. 5:2; Ezek. 16:8; Mal. 2:4), the new covenant of Jesus Christ is the Lord’s final covenant with mankind (Heb. 13:20-21).

Originally posted on 13 June 2011 by Kevin L. Moore at http://www.poriruachurch.com. Quotations are from the NKJV.

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