ReligiousNews 19/3/16 - The Immutability of God And The Offices of Christ

[ Masterweb Reports: Evangelist Chi Benedicta Okonkwo reports ] - By the immutability of God, is meant that He is incapable of change, either in duration of life, or in nature, character, will or happiness. In none of these, nor in any other respect is there any possibility of change.

 

1.This is implied in his absolute perfection. Perfection permits neither increase as though He lacks, nor decrease as though He can lose. Change must be for the worse or for the better, but God cannot become worse or better.

 

2.It arises in like manner from the pure simplicity of his nature. That which is not and cannot be compounded cannot be changed.

 

3.It is expressly taught by the Scriptures in the following as well as in other particulars.

 

A few passages out of many are referred to in support of each.

 

( a) They declare him to be unchangeable in duration and life: Gen.21:33; Deut. 32:39, 40; Ps. 9:7; 55:19; 90:2; 102:12; HAB.1:12.

 

( b) They affirm the unchangeableness of his nature: Ps. 104:31; Mal.3:6; Rom. 1:23; James 1:17.

 

( c) They also assert that his will is without change: Job 23:13; Ps.33:11; Prov.19:21.

 

( d) His character is also said to be immutable, as for example his justice: Gen. 18:25; Job 8:3.



 

HIS OMNIPRESENCE

 

By this word we express the relation of God as present with creation.

 

He is present everywhere. He is present at one and the same time everywhere.

 

His presence is not merely contact, but energy and power.

 

It is not merely through his knowledge of it, or the exertion of his power upon it, but he fills it with his essence.

 

He fills it, not as part to part, but the whole infinite deity is entirely, undividedly present, at each point of creation, in each moment of time.



 

THE OFFICES OF CHRIST



 

THREE offices are ascribed by the Scriptures to Christ- those of prophet, priest and king.

 

1. CHRIST AS PROPHET

 

This word is to be taken in its wider sense of inspired teacher.



 

It is frequently confined, in common language, to one who foretells future events. But it literally means one who speaks for his God, and denotes a divine teacher merely. Thus Moses is spoken of as a prophet, and Christ was foretold as a prophet who should be like unto Moses.



 

It is in connection with this that the term Logos, or Word, applied to Christ in the 1st chapter of John is appropriate.

 

With the office of teacher, Christ united, as was common with the prophets, the prediction of future events and the working of miracles. But the office of teacher was his special work as prophet.

 

11. CHRIST AS PRIEST.

 

 
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