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Understanding the Immutability of the Promises of God in Christ Jesus
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Published: Friday, 1st July 2022

By: Obayomi Abiola Benjamin

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UNDERSTANDING THE IMMUTABILITY OF THE PROMISES OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS

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In this piece, we are going to be considering something that I believe is very important. And it is an understanding that you and I must have, an understanding about God; an understanding about His promises, an understanding about who God really is, because this understanding is going to help us to be able to rely on Him absolutely, and not be tossed to and fro; when it comes to the promises of God and the things that He has said He is going to do concerning us. So, we considering: Understanding the Immutability of The Promises of God in Christ Jesus.

 

I want us to examine the book Numbers chapter 23, verse 19. It is a familiar Scripture that you and I know very well. I just want us to start from that particular point. The Bible says:

 

God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent.
Has He said, and will He not do?

 

“Has He said and will He not do? This is a question. I don't know whatever it is He has said to you, whatever promises. The Bible says “Has He said”, has the word proceeded from His mouth and will He not do the same thing that He has said.

 

Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

 

“Has He said, Has He spoken.” Whatever He said, whatever He has spoken, the Bible says “will He not make it good”, will He not watch over what he has said, or what he has promised you in order for him to perform it? Don't forget, the Scripture says, “God watches over His word to perform it. So, Has He said, and will He not do? So, he that has said something, also has the capacity to do what He has said. You cannot give what you don't have, whatever you have, out of the abundance of what you have is where you give from. So, if God says “I'm going to do something”, the Bible is showing us that He has the capacity, the wherewithal to be able to do that thing.

 

Let's jump to Psalm 102:12. We are trying to establish something in this piece and that understanding is going to help us going forward. Psalm 102:12, 25-28. The Bible says:

 

But You, O Lord, shall endure forever,

 

So, God is not here today, and tomorrow, He is no more. The Bible is showing us through David that God endure forever. God will not endure for a time or for a season and then ceases to be God. It says: “But you, O LORD, shall endure forever.  And the remembrance of Your name to all generations. Whether our own generation, whether the generations that will come, after we have gone; it says: “the name of the LORD will be remembered to all generations.”

 

Jump to verse 25. David said:

 

Of old You laid the foundation of the earth,
And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
26 They will perish, but You will endure;

 

Don’t forget the Scripture that says somewhere in Isaiah that heaven and earth will pass but not a tittle of His word will go without being fulfilled. David was saying the same thing here. God isn’t going to perish. He isn’t going anywhere. Even though heaven and earth will perish, God will not perish.

 

Yes, they will all grow old like a garment;
Like a cloak You will change them,
And they will be changed.
27 But You are the same,

 

But you, O LORD God, are the same. You don't change, you are the same. Even though the things that you make, they are subject to change at your whims and caprices. It says, You, oh, Lord, your personality, your person, you don't change, you remain the same.

 

It says:

 

And Your years will have no end.

 

Nobody knows the beginning of God. Nobody knows the end of God. He is a God in the class of His own. You can trace the history of every other god that you've known. They have a beginning they had an end, but it says God will have no end. So, even if heaven and earth cease to exist, according to the Word of the Lord, it says God will remain till the end.

 

It says:

 

28 The children of Your servants will continue,
And their descendants will be established before You.”

 

James 1:16-18. Apostle James said: Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the father of lights [not just one light, several kinds of lights], with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning… Why is there no variation with God? The Bible says “He is the Father of lights.” If you see the intensity of a bright and shining light, you cannot find variation around it. The intensity of the light that is shining bright, there is no variation. It says God does not vary because He is the Father of lights. If a light is not shining the way it should shine, it will cast shadow.

 

One of the things the President [Centre for New Dimension Leadership] always tries to do is that our lighting does not cast shadow, it's unprofessional. A perfect bright shining light does not have variations, it does not create shadows. It says it with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” Verse 18 says: “Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

 

Now why did we examine these three particular texts that we just examined? Why are we examining them? Why are we looking at them? The reason is because those three scriptures points to one particular thing. And what exactly is that thing? It points to the immutability of God. It points to the immutable nature of God. Now you and I we know that God has many attributes. God has many characteristics. We know him to be a gracious God. We know him to be a loving father. We know him to be a good father. And some of these things are His traits, His attributes, the things that we can readily see in him, and then find in Him.

 

Another of God’s attributes is the immutability standard and nature of God. God does not change. That was what those scriptures were showing us. God doesn't change. If there are variations, God is the only constant. So, God has many attributes, and being immutable is one of them. Now, what does it mean to be immutable? Because we may be wondering what exactly does that word mean? What exactly does it mean when we say God is immutable? To be immutable simply means to be unchanging. To be immutable, simply means to be unchanging, it talks about being unable to be changed. It talks about something that is unchanging, something that does not have the capacity to be changed, or to be constant over a long time. That's what it means to be immutable.

 

So, the immutability of God is simply showing us something, it is showing us the unchanging nature of God. It's showing us God's immutability, you know, because when we talk about something that doesn't change, what does it connote? It simply means that if you go there today and tomorrow, and probably 100 years after, that thing is still the same. It doesn't change, it is always constant. You know, in mathematics, they will say “constant k”, and then they are represented with capital letter, right. You don't have a constant in mathematics and write it small. That is subject to variation. So, in mathematics, when we want to right constant, we write it as capital letter K. If you come today or tomorrow, or if you are solving mathematics, anytime T anywhere in the world, that constant is always capital, it does not change. Every other variable may change, every other thing is subject to change, but God is not subject to change. That is His immutability nature. He has never changed before; He is not planning to change. If he did not change in the time of old, He won't change in our time, He remains God.

 

So, the immutability simply talks about the fact that God's nature, God's character, God's purposes, and God's promises do not change. So, when we are looking at the immutability promises of God, where is that understanding coming from? It is simply coming from the fact that if God does not change, and God makes a promise to you, and I, it means that that promise has the capacity for it to come to pass. That promise does not change, because it is coming from a God who doesn't change. So, God cannot change from being God. His promises cannot change, His nature, His character has never changed and He does not have plan to change.

 

You know, many times we look at our lives, and we look at our situations. Despite all the prophecies that is hanging over our heads, despite all the promises of God, all the counsels of God, the Word of God that we have received, and it looks as if our lives have not yet experienced or is not experiencing these promises of God, you see, that does not make God less God, that does not make God more God. Whether you have experienced the promises of God or you are yet to experience it; does not mean that God has left His throne and has relocated somewhere else. He is still the same God, there is no variation.

 

There is something that I want us to understand in this article. In our relationship with God, most of the times or many times, we are the ones that change. Man is the variable when it has to do with how we relate with God, how we deal with God. You see, there was a time myself and the president we were talking and we talked to a point where we said, God doesn't change.” But on a second thought, we felt what about the places in the Bible where God changed His mind. If God does not change, how come we read in the Bible that at some certain situation, and at some certain point, He actually went back on His promises. So, I was thinking about it and I was reading the Bible and I discovered that in those situations, it wasn't as if God changed. What actually change was the man involved, the people involved. We are the ones when we are dealing with God, we are the ones that are subject to change, we are not stable. And that's why if you read numbers 23 where we started from, the Bible says “God is no man.”

 

Man is the variable in our relationship with God. We are not straight with God. We are always changing. We are always changing we are we are not consistent. We are here with God today and tomorrow we are there. And so, if it looks as if God always change his mind, God doesn't change his mind. The people are the ones who change. Look at Jonah chapter 3.  Let's look at this case study and see what actually happened in the long run. The Bible says from verse one:

 

Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time saying…” You may be wondering when was the first time? The first time the word of Lord came to him was in Jonah 1:1. But in chapter three, the Bible says: 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you.” 3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three-day journey in extent. 4 And Jonah began to enter the city on the first day’s walk. Then he cried out and said, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” 5 So the people of Nineveh believed God…”

 

There was an account why God sent prophet Jonah to them. Definitely something was wrong. The way and manner they were living, they were not consistent with the ideals of God. So, God sent a prophet to them, “go and tell them if they fail to repent forty days from now, I am going to destroy them”, just as God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. But at the people hearing the word of God, the Bible says they believed God. They were unbelievers before, doing their own things. But when the word of the Lord came to them, they believed God.

 

“…proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. 6 Then word came to the king of Nineveh; and he arose from his throne and laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes. 7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published throughout Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything; do not let them eat, or drink water. 8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily to God; yes, let every one turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands.

 

Did they pray to God that God should change His mind concerning what He said he would do? That was not the prayer point. It says: “let every man”, the variable, the one who always changes. 9 Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish? 10 Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it.

 

Who changed? The people? Did God change? No! God is always God. In fact, if God says, I'm going to destroy you, God is going to do it in His mercies because that is God. Mercy is one of His attributes, just as being immutable is one of His attributes. If God says, “If you don't give your life to Christ, you are doomed with Satan in hell.” In His loving mercy, He will do what He has said. You know, there is this saying in the world that how can a loving God, a merciful God, now take some people and then throw them into hell. Are you people not saying God is no merciful? No! God will lovingly, mercifully throw you to wherever you belong, unless you change. God is just, God is equitable. If you are looking for equity, in our traditional conventional law, it says, “If you come to equity, you must come with clean hands.”

 

God will never do something and then regret that He does it. He does it in His mercy. If you read Psalm 136. Have you seen that scripture? God was destroying the enemies of His people and it says “for His mercy endures forever.” God will not change His nature or His character or His attributes. Because He is God, he doesn't change. And then the people changed. We are always the variable. If you are looking at your life, and it looks as if, okay, I have so many promises of God and all of that. I can't see any one of them in fruition, or in manifestation. Look at yourself, you are the variable, God is not the problem. God has as never been the problem. God will not be the problem. Man is always the problem.

 

Let's look at Hebrews chapter 6 from verse 13-15. Let me show us this scripture and it is going to help us. The Bible says: For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, 14 saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” You know, at this point, I paused a bit and I was meditating in my heart. What will push God, the Almighty God, to a point that He swore to a mortal man? The Bible says, “God swore.” What will push God to that point of swearing to a man that “see, if I refuse to bless you, this and this is what is going to happen.” Is that not swearing take place? Because a swear usually carries a consequence. For example, “If I don't pay you the money, I owe you between now and Monday, bring a policeman to arrest me.” You say it, but you are like committing yourself to something that I don’t do this, this is what you should do.

 

God swore to Abraham! Why will God swear to a mortal man? What exactly did God see in Abraham that will make God, the unchanging God; swear? The Bible says “don’t swear, neither by heaven because it is the throne of God nor by earth because it is His footstool.” The Bible didn’t even encourage us to swear, but the Bible says “God swore.” Abraham must have done something. Let's find out. Look at verse 15. The Bible says, “And so, after He had patiently endured, He obtained the promise”, it was not God that was now enduring, it was Abraham. Now, you see, this verse 15 is very germane, it is important to how Abraham obtained the promise. God swore to Abraham, but Abraham did not go to sleep. The Bible says “Abraham waited patiently”, he endured.

 

Now, I was asking myself, in the process of Abraham enduring, that period of time that he was waiting on God patiently, what exactly was God looking for? What exactly was God looking at in him? Did you know the answer that came to my heart? God was looking at the constancy of Abraham. God was looking at how constant Abraham is in that window period. You don't get it. Genesis chapter 22 from verse 1. Let me show us that scripture. Let's read it to a point and then we go back to Hebrews, so that when the Bible says, Abraham endured patiently because God swore to him. If God did to me what He did to Abraham by swearing, I will go to sleep.

 

But Abraham did not go to sleep. After God swore, God was looking out for something in that man, Abraham, because God must see something. Because when you get God to a point where God is able to swear, on your case, on your behalf, God must have seen something. God does not waste his words. God does not waste his time. Man must trigger something in the heart of God for God to respond to something. If there is no triggering, nothing happens. The Bible says “Jesus said, I have never seen such great faith, not in Israel” to a centurion, somebody who is not even a Jew. That man provoked something. And Jesus saw it. For God to come and say, I'm swearing, what I have promised you, I will do; you must have provoked something.

 

What did Abraham provoke? Being constant in faith! Look at Genesis chapter two, verse one, the Bible says: “Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” God will never release a promise to you when you have not been tested. Many of us fail our tests many times. That's why we are not getting whatever. God has promised, yes, He is not the one, He will never deny that he has never promised. When God is about to release a blessing to you, His promise to you, He tests you. So that you don't carry grace and run away. Lord, give me my house, give me my car, give me my husband, and that will be the last time we see you in church, give me a job. You will be tested. God tested him.

 

It says after God called to Abraham: And he said, “Here I am.” 2 Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” A man who is not constant will change his mind at this very point. Like “I don't think it is God that is speaking to me. I think he's the devil.” You will change your mind. God just blessed you with money. And then the same God told you “Sow the whole money.” You will say “no, this can’t be you, Lord.”

 

God give me this. God, give me that.” And then, when that thing comes, you begin to set boundaries, you begin to change. When God sees some of these things, God relents, it does not mean God has changed. You are the one that have changed. So, Abraham was supposed to say “no God, this can't be your voice. I know your voice. I know the way I hear you, devil I rebuke you, go away from me, depart from me”, no!

 

The Bible says:

 

So, Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. Verse 7: But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So, the two of them went together.

 

This is another stage of constant K in the life of Abraham. Because when you read that God swore to Abraham, it did not happen on a platter of something that was convenient. It happened on a platter of inconvenience and when God saw that, in all of those inconveniences, Abraham was constant, God didn't have a choice than to swear that even Abraham, at the end of the day, if you say that you don't want this blessing again, I will still bless you. Look at faith. It says, “where is the lamb for the sacrifice?” Abraham said, “God will provide himself a lamb.” I thought God told him the Isaac is the Lamb of the sacrifice. His that not what God said to him? How will he then say “God will provide himself; you get what I'm saying? He should have told his son, son, you are the sacrificial lamb. You are the one we are killing today. He says God, because God already told him it is that Isaac that I want. But he says “God will provide himself a lamb.”

 

But look at verse 15-19. The Bible says when Abraham had passed all those tests, it was constant. There was no variation with Abraham. In that particular window, when he had passed them, the Bible says from verse 15: Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, 16 and said: “By Myself I have sworn…” This was the point where God swore to Abraham. When God saw that Abraham was constant all the way, all through the test, there was no disappointing God, God saw his heart that he was upright and meant business in this relationship, God swore and said: because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son— 17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” 19 So Abraham returned to his young men, and they rose and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba.

 

God swore to Abraham, because Abraham was constant. You know, in Genesis, chapter 17, God said to him, whatever you are doing is just a waste of time; walk before me and be perfect. Walk before me and be constant, stop changing. I have chosen you, I selected you. I called you out. If I do not have something in stock for you, I wouldn't have called you. But if whatever I've promised you, whatever I've said to you, if it's going to come to pass, then you need to walk straight; walk before me. Not wavering, not being tossed to and fro. by every wind of doctrine. Walk before me, you are dealing with me. God told Abraham, “Walk before me I am your focus.” You know at some point, He said to him: “I am your exceedingly great reward.” And when God saw in Genesis chapter 22, that Abraham was constant, the Bible says God swore. God is not the one changing if his promises concerning your life is not coming to pass. It is not God. You are the one that is not constant. Your K is not yet constant. It is still varying. Today you are considering God and tomorrow, you are considering something else. The Bible says if your eye be single, it says your body will be full of light.

 

Let's go back to Hebrews chapter 6 from verse 16-19. Look at what God now said. The Bible says: For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. 17 Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel…’ talking about you and I, His promises for God in Christ Jesus, God wanted to prove it and the Bible says: confirmed it by an oath, 18 that by two immutable things…” in this context, the two unchanging things is that promise, the word of God to you, His promise to you, and the oath; in which it is impossible, by these two things, for God to lie; we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.

 

The hope is not going to dwindle because God has set it and He has confirmed it by an oath. It says: This hope we have as an anchor of the soul…” To what extent is the promise of God meant to impact us? It says it is supposed to be the anchor, on this hope, that God is going to do whatever He has said He will do, on this hope our soul anchors. God is not a man that He should lie, not the Son of man that repents. So, God has set before you a promise. He says “God has sworn by an oath that that promise will come to pass”, to what end? God swore an oath so that you can know that this promise, as long as I am God, I am going to fulfill it. It says upon this let your soul anchor. Don’t let your soul be driven here and there, don't let your soul be scattered everywhere. Let your soul stay on this hope.

 

Faith is the substance of things hoped for. What is the substance of faith? The word of God is the substance of faith, is that not the promise of God? The substance of faith is the word of God. Now that faith is the substance of things hoped for. So, how do we know that God is going to fulfill His promise to us? Number one, God is immutable, He does not change. Number two, there is an oath that is backing it up. And number three, it says our soul should anchor on that hope that He is going to do whatever He says He will do. If God has said to you “I'm going to bless you.” That is the word. He is going to bless you. If God has said to you, “you are going to have a child” that is His word, you will have a child. It says on those promises, and those hope your soul should anchor.

 

In other words, your soul should rest or hang on those promises. You can depend on God. Absolutely, you can depend on God. We are the ones that are not dependable when it comes to God. We are the ones that are not dependable. When God wants to rely on us, many times we disappoint God. But we can depend on God absolutely. We can take that hope to the bank that God is going to fulfill his promise to you; you can take it to the bank. Now why will you continue for example, why will you continue to spend, let me use this example, the naira. What gives you assurance that today, tomorrow, next year, and 10 years time, you will still continue to spend the naira? Because it doesn't change. It is Nigeria's legal tender.

 

But if there is a law that says by next week Friday, naira will cease to be naira. What will happen? You will stop depending on it, you will stop trading with it, in fact, you will stop storing it. Because your hope on it that is going to be a means of legal tender has been dashed. So, you cannot continue to say “the naira will remain the naira” it has changed, the law has change it. But what will make you bank on God and remain bankable or God remaining bankable is because God doesn't change, His promise does not change, His word does not fall to the ground unless it has performed that which he sends it to perform.

 

It says on these let your soul rest. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast [consistent], and which enters the Presence behind the veil, 20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” This hope, these promises are in Christ Jesus. He does not change. It says: let your soul rests on that.

 

What guarantees that God will fulfill his promises to us in Christ Jesus is His unchanging attribute, that is the guarantee we need. That is what your soul requires to remain at peace, at rest in Him. It His unchanging nature. God will not be more God in two months time. God will not be less God in three years time, God will always be God. But can God depend on you and I that we will remain faithful? You know there's a scripture in Timothy that says: even in our unfaithfulness, God remains faithful. David said, wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and He will strengthen you on these promises our soul anchors, on these promises our hope depends that God does not change and whatever He has said to you, except you have not heard, anything. Whatever God has said to you about your life, about your destiny, about your purpose, about your ministry, it will come to pass because it has come from the mouth of a God that does not change.

 

On this let your soul anchors and I pray that the Lord is going to help us in the mighty name of Jesus.


Thanks for the gift of your time, I am Obayomi Abiola Benjamin!

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Word of Confession: (Optional)

Lord Jesus, I confess to you that I have sinned against the LORD God - in the rebellion of my heart, I have disappointed your expectations on my life. I have fallen from Your grace and followed wrong influences around me. Today, I retrace my steps back to you - and I ask that in your mercy you accept me as your son and give to me (again) the promise of the Father - the Holy Spirit. Lord Jesus, please, come and make my heart your home, and from there rule in the affairs of all men. In Jesus Name I have prayed.

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The first thing you must realize in the race of destiny is that you cannot prevail by the arms of the flesh. Because actualizing destiny and making exploits will only be possible when you know your God, accessing and possessing the mind of Christ by yielding and intermingling with the Spirit of His SON. The light that emerge from this process is what you require to make a difference in today’s world.


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I am Abiola Benjamin Obayomi, a disciple of Jesus Christ, with a drive to mentor young believers into spiritual maturity. I am a student of God's word and a teacher as well, with passion in the areas of relationship & spiritual development. I am a worshipper, an ardent lover and follower of the Lord Christ.


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