God Does Not Change

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” —Hebrews 13:8

THE ARGUMENT OF HEBREWS IS that even though the first covenant was indeed divine, it was only a shadow of the promised second covenant. Therefore, if the shadow was divine, how much more divine must the substance be?
Hebrews tells us that all the divinely given shadows, types, symbols, and figures are satisfied in Christ, who is their substance. Jesus Christ is the substance that the sacrifices represented:

• He is the substance of the whole burnt offering.
• He is the substance of the meal offering.
• He is the substance of the peace offering.
• He is the substance of the trespass offering.
• He is the substance of the Sabbath rest.
• He is the substance of the Passover Feast.
• He is the substance of the Feast of Pentecost.
• He is the Feast of Trumpets.
• He is the substance of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
• He is the Feast of Firstfruits. He is the substance of the Feast of Tabernacles.
• He is the substance of the great Day of Atonement.

Hebrews tells us that we have a better covenant based on better promises, and fulfilled in a better sacrifice.
The Old Testament saints were saved by faith in what the sacrifices (plural) represented. We are saved by faith in one sacrifice—the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross.
The Old Testament saints were saved by looking forward to an event that had not yet taken place. We are saved by looking back to a finished work.
The Mosaic law was centered around _doing_—do this and do that. But the new covenant is anchored in “It is finished.”

God Does Not Change
In this short verse, there is a great truth that every believer must grab ahold of and never let go. In these few words, we find a declaration of hope, liberty, deliverance, salvation, healing, power and authority, and that truth is this: God does not change.
Malachi 3:6 states, “I am the LORD, I change not.” What a promise to hold onto. Never forget:

• Nations come and nations go, but God does not change.
• Kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall, but God does not change.
• Churches come and churches go, but God does not change.
• Denominations come and denominations go, but God does not change.
• World leaders come and world leaders go, but God does not change.
• What is valuable today is worthless tomorrow, but God does not change.

In the midst of an ever-changing world, there is one who will never change, and that is God.
God does not change, the Word of God does not change, and the Holy Spirit does not change. Grace and mercy do not change; justification and sanctification do not change.
The blood of God’s Son is still setting prisoners free. The Lord still heals the sick. The Lord still baptizes believers with the Holy Spirit. There is still power in the name of Jesus Christ. No matter how great the sin of the world may be, this is still true today: “where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” (Rom. 5:20).

Jesus Christ Is The Same
This phrase tells us that Jesus of Nazareth of the new covenant is the Jehovah of the old covenant. Christ is the one to whom the entirety of the old covenant pointed. Consequently, He is the fulfillment of all of the prophecies of the Old Testament.

Yesterday, Today, And Forever
This phrase covers the entire span of time:

• “Yesterday” refers to all of the great faith worthies of Chapter 12, and all of the other Old Testament saints.
• “Today” refers to Paul’s time when the Holy Spirit, through the apostle, said that as the Lord was to the patriarchs and prophets of old, so will He be to those of the early church.
• “Forever” refers to our present time, and all of the future generations to come, guaranteeing that Christ is the same now as He was then and will be forever.

The one who created the heavens and the earth is the same one who turned the water into wine.
The one who opened the Red Sea is the same one who walks on water.
The one who shut the mouth of lions is the one who put money in the mouth of a fish.
The one who sent ravens to feed Elijah is the one who multiplied the loaves and the fish to feed thousands.
The one who caused the sun to stand still is the one who calmed the raging storm.
The fourth man in the fire is the same one who is the resurrection and life.
Therefore, as Christ does not change and the Word of God does not change—which means that correct doctrine does not change, which means that faith does not change—then the promises of God do not change.

Second Corinthians 1:20 says, “For all the promises of God in him are yea and in him amen, unto the glory of God by us.”
God does not change!

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