Immutability

 

Exodus 3:14

14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

 

Psalm 102:26-28

26 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:27 But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end. 28 The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.

 

Isaiah 41:4

4 Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he.

 

Isaiah 48:12

12 Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.

 

Malachi 3:6

6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

 

Romans 1:23

23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

 

Romans 1:23

23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

 

Hebrews 1:11,12

11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; 12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.

 

James 1:17

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

 

Movement and Change Around God in Relation of Men to Him.God is not Immobility, but Pure Act.

 

Exodus 32:10-14

10 Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation. 11 And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand?12 Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people. 13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever. 14 And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.

 

Jonah 3:10

10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

 

Proverbs 11:20

20 They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.

 

Proverbs 12:22

22 Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.

 

Psalm 18:26,27

26 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.27 For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks.

 

 

Theories of Immutibility

Theory

Changeless

Change

Reformed

God in His Attributes, Purposes, Motives of Action, Promises

Man changes in his relation to God;Anthopormophic statements are for our understanding.

Arminianism/ Pelagianism

Godís Being

Godís knowledge and will are dependent in some sense upon men.

Pantheism

N/A

God is an eternal becoming

Unconscious Absolute

N/A

God is developing into conscious personality in man.

Modern Tendency

N/A

God is finite, struggling, and growing.[Openness]

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