The Immutability of God
I am Jessie Mills, Ph.D.
Child & Adult Clinical Psychology - Mills


I.      Some who walk the road of Christianity will at once deny that God punishes

      His creation in this life.  Others will say that God does and will punish evil works in this life and in the hereafter.  Each school of thought tries to prove the other is teaching error!  There are perhaps several reasons why since the creation of Adam and Eve that such arguments have been made.  This document is prepared as and informative investigation into this subject.  My priority is to thoroughly investigate reasons why each school of thought would delve into questions such as the above. 

However some people can and has been led into such beliefs through a misrepresentation of God’s word and His plan, but again there is a reason for even this and because of such misunderstanding I must begin my own investigation in the time period of beginning, even before the foundation of the earth.

A.   In the beginning:  Peter having the keys to the kingdom of heaven states, 1 Peter 1:20, “For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God”.

B.   Jesus stated, Matt. 25:34, “then the king will say to those on His right, come, you who blessed of MY Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the World? 

C.   The apostle Paul by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit made the following statement.  Eph. 1:4, “Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him in love”.

D.   Again the apostles add more to the thought that all of God’s plans were completed for man and his salvation well before the period of creation.  Col. 1:26, “That is the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generation; but now has been manifested to His Saints”.

E.   1 Cor 2:7, again Paul and the Holy Spirit speak loud and clear, “but we speak (we Paul and the Holy Spirit) God’s wisdom in a mystery the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our Glory”.  (Before the ages, before the time was recognized.)

F.   Heb. 4:3, to the church at Jerusalem the writer confirmed all the above when he said, “For we who have believed enter that rest, just as he has said, as I swore in my wrath, they shall not enter my rest, although His works were (past tense) finished from the foundation of the world”.

G.  We, continue to build our case with concrete evidence in favor of God as the sovereign and immutable God. Heb. 9:26, “Otherwise He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation He has been (past tense) manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself”.

H.  Again Paul uses the word mystery when speaking to the Lord’s church at Rome.  Rom. 16:25, “Now to him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past”. 

I.     Comments: For sure the above scripture opens the doors for us to obtain much more evidence for God as of this moment beyond doubt I have proven our God to be sovereign, immutable and the perfect designer of all His plans.  Christ as being the executor of God’s plans for creation and mankind, John 1:1-3; Heb. 2:9; Heb. 1:1-3; 1 John 1:1,2; and the Holy Spirit as the finisher, John 14:16,17; John 14:26; John 15:26; John 16:13.

J.    As this report continues to progress there will be no misunderstanding, no suppositions in this each person will be able to identify himself and his choice of belief or for the first time see his error. For God desires that none should perish but all should come to repentance, 1 Peter 3:9, and to see that it is the teaching implied in Christ’s teaching regarding the descriptions of sentence that is to be pronounced on the sinner condemnation being ground not on the antecedent will of God, but on the actual sins of men themselves, John 3:18; Matt. 25:41; Rom 2:8,9.

II.      Now to further investigate we should start at the beginning of the scene of evidence in the garden of God when male and female were created.  Adam and Eve were created from dust of the earth, God breathed into this creation the breath of life.  Spiritual life and physical life they were not created as robots, rather God’s plan before creation was to create and give them free moral agency.  Their rebellion against God’s laws were not an act which any one could say that it was a surprise to God and that He had afterthought on their action.  His plan for consequences that followed was in active force.                    

A.   An early introduction regarding the denial of “theism”.  Theism as we know it is to have belief in one God.  Belief in the existence of one God.  Belief in one God creator and Supreme Being and ruler of everything without denial of revelation or open evidence of His immutability.

B.   The pre-planned sentence follows, Gen. 3:14, the serpent is cursed, Gen. 3:15, God foretells a measure of His plan; He will put enmity between the seed of the serpent (evil) and the seed of the woman.  He, the seed of woman will bruise the serpent on the head and the seed of the serpent will bruise Him on the heel.  Please read; John 12:31; John 16:11; 1 John 3:8; Heb. 2:14; Rom. 16:20; Dan 7:26; Rev. 20:10.

C.   Now we come to the sentence of punishment for the created pair. Gen. 3:16-19 spells out in simple language the punishment and consequences for their personal sins and unbelief.  The family in chapter four continues to suffer the burden of their sins.

D.  Adam and Eve by their own unbelief and from influence from the serpent forfeited their right to the tree of Life; they lost spirituality and gained death.  Spiritual death, separated from the presence of God.  From this very act on this occasion: they caused the heads of singularism, atheism, agnosticism, materialism, polytheism, humanism and deism to be born and they continue to grow and destroy more souls.  Those who do not believe in “theism” One God sovereign and immutable that He posses divine knowledge, that God is omniscient or possesses the most perfect knowledge of all things, follows from His infinite perfection.

E.   It can be said here that in the first place He knows and comprehends Himself fully and I must say adequately, for He knows all created objects and comprehends their finite and contingent mode of being.  Everything in a word which to our finite minds signifies perfection and completeness of His knowledge which, is predicated of His divine omniscience. He is able to see the end of eternity if there be and end.

F.   Purpose for punishment in this life.  First I have chosen two passages in, Deut. 30:17-19, God makes it very clear to a believer that God calls heaven and earth as witness against evil that those he brought up out of Egypt would engage themselves to such a degree that God would punish them severely even to shorten their life span.  God suggests to this and all people to choose and believe in Him. He sets before us life and death, blessings and curses, then again suggests to choose life that you and your descendants may live.  Secondly, Deut. 31:16-18, God being sovereign was able to see and know what this people would do, the sin they would engage in. He knew they would forsake Him, therefore He makes it clear that He will forsake them and punish them to bring upon them judgments written into His plan before the foundation of the world.  They shall be consumed with many evils and troubles.  God said it I believe it. Besides all this because God is sovereign as well as His immutability; in God there is no change nor shadow of alteration, James 1:17.  Also Lord God it is the works of thy hands such material things shall perish, but thou shalt continue and Lord thy years shall not fail, Heb. 1:10-13; Mal. 3:6; Heb. 13:8.

G.  These are just a few of the large amount of scriptural text which clearly teach divine immutability or unchangeableness and this attribute gives the believer the hope that God wrote into His law punishment for sin in this life, if not repented for will suffer punishment hereafter.  God will not change this law less He become a liar and it is impossible for God to lie.

H.  In order to give God the fullest glory for being what He is and will always be without change I must make additional statements.  We know that the divine nature is essentially immutable perhaps better said He is incapable of any internal change.  Believers should know and it should be obvious that any internal change would be corollary from divine infinity, for changeableness implies the capacity for increase of diminution of perfection in brief it implies finiteness and imperfection, but God is infinitely perfect.

III.      I further observe that it is on Himself alone that He depends for His knowledge.  To make in any other way dependent on creatures of His creation for knowledge would destroy His infinite. Perfection and supremacy, therefore to make a statement in regards to the Jewish nation in the first century, causing God to postpone the kingdom simply because they rejected Christ is to blaspheme God Himself!  The following will confirm the above statement.

A.  Exodus 7:1-5, I feel to some degree that by using this scripture in this place may cause some to say at the beginning, “this scripture is insufficient!”  Give it time to develop we may learn something. 

1. Then the Lord spoke to Moses, “saying, behold I make you as God to Pharao, and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.  2. “And thou shall say to him all things I charge thee, and Aaron thy brother shall speak to Pharao that he should send forth the children of Israel go out of his land and I will harden the heart of Pharao. 3.  That I will multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt.  4. And Pharao will not hearken to you, and I will bring out My people the children of Israel with My power out of the land on Egypt, with great vengeance.  5. And all the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, stretching out My hand upon Egypt and I will bring out the children of Israel out of the midst of them.”  The Septuagint version Greek and English, by Sir Lancelot C. L. Brenton has been used.

B.   First we have a pressing need to remember and read the promise made to Abram in, Gen. 12:3, “And I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse the one who curse you.”  In what way do you vision God at this point, has He changed His mind?  Or is He following the written plan designed before the foundation of the world. Ex. 4:5, “that they may believe that the Lord God of their fathers the God of Abraham, the God Isaac, and the God of Jacob hath appeared unto thee.”

C.  Since He has decreed to make Moses a god to Pharo, does this denote His confusion? Is He caught off guard to where He must appoint someone else to act in His place?  Has God reached a point of having afterthoughts and not knowing what to do?  Certainly not! For God is not the God of Confusion. I Cor. 14:33.

D.  Ex. 4:4,5, Moses is commanded to throw his staff on the ground, which would become a serpent, and then Moses is told to grasp the serpent by the tail. This is done in order that the Egyptians may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob has appeared to Him.  Ex. 9:14, “For this time I will send all my plagues on you and your servants and your people, so that you may know that there is no one like me in all the earth”?  God speaks to Moses again in regards to the signs and plagues that He will perform among them.  At this point God informs Moses that He may tell in the hearing of his son, and of your grandson, how that I made a mockery of the Egyptians and how I performed my signs among them; that you may know that I am the Lord. Ex. 10:1,2.  Eternity, Rom. 1:20.  Universality, Matt 10:29. Almighty Power, 19:26. Infinite Knowledge, Acts 2:23; 15:18. Absolute Holiness, 1 Pet. 1:15; 1 John 1:5. Righteousness, John 17:25. Faithfulness, 1 Cor. 1:9; 10:13; 1 Thess. 5:24.  Mercy, Romans 9:15-18. Truthfulness, Tit. 1:2; Heb. 6:18.

E.   Because of the immutability of God no promise was broken with Adam and Eve.  No promise was broken during the flood in the life of Noah. No promise broken at the tower of Babel, Gen. 11:1-9. No promise broken in Exodus in regards to God’s wrath upon Egypt. 

Deut. 28:1-14, promises of blessings however, the blessings were predicated upon the righteousness of the people. Deut. 28:15-68, curses and plagues for consequence of disobedience. Rom. 2:8,9, “Tribulation and anguish upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jews first and also of the Gentile;”

Rom. 9:14, “What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God? May it never be.”  Rom. 9:15, “For He says to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” Rom. 9:17, “For the scripture says to Pharaoh, for this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed throughout the whole world.” So Pharaoh failed God, Deut. 28:1-68, God speaks to the people He brought out of Egypt. Now He trusts them to proclaim His word throughout the whole earth.  The Jews failed God; they too suffered some of the curses, as did Egypt. Matt. Ch. 24. Rom. 2:8,9, god through Paul warns all people under this covenant that: “To those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation there will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil.” But God gives us the choice!

F.   Since “Theos” possesses total immutability and there is no change or shadow of alteration, James 1: 17, how can anyone lay claim to Christianity with the belief that God does not even in the world today bring sudden and destructive catastrophic disaster, misfortune, great convulsions which cause misery to people. The thought of human suffering is always present when sin and unrighteousness prevails.  It would seem from evidence of the past that God speaks warning to the people when catastrophic disaster strikes. But it is evident that people do not lay to heart that which has brought misery to their life, neither do they believe that it comes from God to try and turn the hearts of evil men to God.

G.  Hence it follows that God possesses perfection of free will in and infinitely imminent degree.  Which is to say without any change in Himself or in His eternal act of volition it is my scriptural opinion, that He freely chooses whether or not created creatures shall exist as well as what manner of existence shall be theirs. We must understand His choice or determination is and exercises of His dominion which free will or liberty of indifference is His to express.  In itself free will is and absolute and positive perfection realized only in God. This is why that the event with Moses in that God relegated His name, His power as God to Pharo.  Further it adds creditability to what the Holy Spirit gave to Paul to write, important to mention it again, Rom. 2:8,9, “but to those who are selfishly ambitious and so not obey the truth but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation. (9) There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek.” Can anyone stand in the face of god and deny that, God as a deterrent against sin planned for these things? See Matt 12:32, for blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

H.  For sure we have seen in Ex. 7:1-5, where God the first mover who is “Theos”, series of movers which in inconceivable! The one “Theos”, the one unmoved mover, the immutable, supernatural “Theos”, or God remained all in all as He did in the description given by the apostle Paul in 1 Cor. 15:25:28, although all things were put under the feet or control except “Theos”, the one God who must remain all in all.

Jessie Mills

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