Immutability: Christ

Immutability shines forth in the Person and works of Christ. This may not sound like something that can be true, but if we use the minds that God gave us to love Him with and pray for insight, it fits with His character and Scripture. We know that Scripture tells us that Christ is the radiance or outshining of the glory of God. If God’s immutability is part of His glory, then it will be seen and pointed to in some way by Christ. Sometimes we have to look at things in a different way, but then again the divine glory is different than what human wisdom is used to looking at. I will make the statement again: the glory of God shone forth in Christ and that means that the immutability of God did too. If God is immutable, then that glory still shines forth in Christ.

The first thing we can look at is the God-centeredness of God. God does all for His own glory and surely we can see that displayed in Christ. God is immutable in His holiness in that He loves His own glory and will not do anything that does not manifest His glory. He demonstrates that in Christ. He does not save sinners apart from the glory of His own name. He does not save sinners apart from Jesus Christ who was and is the very outshining of the glory of His name. The Gospel itself is seen in this light: “For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ (II Cor 4:6). The Gospel is also called this: “according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted” (I Tim 1:11) which is actually better translated as “the gospel of the glory of the blessed God.”

We can also see the glory of God and His God-centeredness by looking at John 1:14. Jesus Christ was the tabernacle of the glory of God and that glory was seen and it was full of grace and truth. All that Christ did was to shine forth the glory of God, and all that God did was to shine forth His glory in and through Christ. What this shows is the immutability of God in reference to Himself and His own glory. He does not change in His love for His Son and His Son does not change in reference to the Father. The Godhead is immutable because each Person in the Trinity is immutable in desire and action in doing all to display and manifest the glory of God. This is seen without apology or qualification in Jesus Christ.

It is also true that Christ could not be the glory of truth if truth is something that changed. But since God does not change the glory that shone through the Person and works of Christ that same glory will always shine there. We see this in all that Christ did which was to please the Father and the Father is pleased with His own glory. There we see the immutability of God shining as He does all for His own glory. There we see the shining forth of the glory of God and we can know that even in a sinful world God will always use things as a way to manifest His glory. Christ shows that God always acts like God. He is the shining forth of the glory of God that never changes and shows that God never changes from being Himself, loving Himself, or from doing all for His own glory.

Christ prayed for the glory of God in John 17 and even the glory that was His before the world was. He raised Lazarus from the dead in order to manifest the glory of God. The Mount of Transfiguration was for the glory of God. The miracles were so that the glory of God would shine forth through Christ. In all of this we see the immutability of God in reference to His doing all that He does out of a love for His own glory. In the healings what we see is the glory of God shining through Christ in His sovereignty over all things including health and death. That shows again the immutable nature of God and that He will always manifest and display His glory.

The truthfulness of God in keeping His Word shows that He is immutable. When God keeps His promises He shows that He is immutable in His purpose and will not change regarding His plans. This is seen especially in the Person of Christ as this shows that He kept His Word to Eve in the promise to her of her seed. The promise to Abraham was fulfilled in Christ. All the Old Testament promises were fulfilled in Christ. “For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us” (II Cor 1:20). God shows that He always acts like Himself in Christ. He is the shining forth of the glory of God that never changes and shows that God never changes from being Himself, loving Himself, or from doing all for His own glory. In other words, God is immutable in all that He is and all that He does. He cannot do anything contrary to His nature and His character. He always shines forth His glory and that through Christ. It is through Christ that all things came into being and it is in all believers that Christ lives. He does so to shine forth the immutable glory.

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