In fact, He is not the same yesterday and to-day in the forms and aspects of His existence. Words had come to them from the heavens of old, obscurely referring to at least one other dispensation that had accomplished itself before man was created. He is not, as men are, changed by time. "And did you see such a one?" Some such change may be suggested in 1 Corinthians 15:24, 28. To-day Jesus Christ is the same as when Paul said, "I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him until that day." We want to feel that though there are endless variations in goodness and justice, and endless degrees of these things in the Divine mind, yet there is nothing there that traverses justice or good, or that changes these qualities, making that which is evil and unjust in this age just and good in the next age. What then, are the respects in which God is to be supposed to be immutable?1. "Jesus Christ is the same to-day." Well is it for you who trust in Christ. Raleigh, D. D.)The unchanging ChristA. The gods of heathen nations made war with each ether, maintaining themselves by the exertion of force against other gods, so that there were revulsions in high and heavenly places, and reigning dynasties were overthrown. When a visitor comes from a foreign land where you once sojourned, you ask eagerly about the different acquaintances you once had there. He has got other things to occupy his thoughts since you and he were wont to meet." Let it go; Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever. AMP. As opposed to such a view of God, a creature of fancy, that changed with all the moods of the imagination, God was declared to be unchangeable. "He ever liveth to make intercession for us." Now, further, Christ shall be to-morrow what He has been yesterday and is to-day. THE WORDS "FOR EVER" FALL STRANGELY ON OUR EARS; THE SOLEMN FUTURE IS UNKNOWN AND UNIMAGINABLE. You would be sorry to see him now. For that is the only thought on which a man can build, and, building, be at rest. What is the root of all our knowledge of Jesus Christ if it is not just this? The same principle which inclines Him to involve us now in indigence, misery, contempt, sickness, and death, will then induce Him to free us from all these ills, and to introduce us into that happy state where there will be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, and where all tears shall be wiped away from our eyes. W. Beecher.The unchangeableness of God was taught originally as contrasted with the ever changing views entertained when poets, and mythists, and theologists of antiquity were accustomed to weave just such fancies as they pleased, and twine them about an imaginary God, changing to-day the imaginings of yesterday, as one twines every day fresh flowers about some statue. Jesus Christ, in all that constitutes His personality and in all that pertains to His character, is the same, and cannot change. Martin.Employing the word "yesterday" to represent past time in general, we ask, who beside Jesus Christ is the same to-day as yesterday? III. Paul speaks of worlds and epochs, of which we now know nothing, that are all to be gathered together, and seen fulfilled in Christ. 2. unchanging One, let me change from day to day, until I gain Thine image and reach Thy presence!" Even in the primitive Church, tares were sown soon after the wheat, and sprung up in abundance. He has made great promises to His disciples. The power of Christ is the same, yesterday, to-day, and for ever. And what say you of His love? To-day, brethren, Jesus Christ is the same as when Peter and Johu rejoiced "that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name" — not counted worthy to wear some crown for His name, unless the crown be a crown of thorns, but " that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name." God's changeful providence comes into all our lives, and parts dear ones, making their places empty that Christ Himself may fill the empty places, and, striking away other props, though the tendrils that twine round them bleed with the wrench, in order that the plant may no longer trail along the ground, but twine itself round the Cross and climb to the Christ upon the throne. New they will be, but they will not be strange; the changes will but illustrate the unchangeable.IV. I apply these words as a New Year's motto, in two or three different directions, and ask you to consider, first, THE UNCHANGING CHRIST IN HIS RELATION TO OUR CHANGEFUL LIVES. "Look up man! Do you think (I speak now to each individual) there is a dungeon so deep, a chain so heavy, a misery so great, a malady so desperate, that God cannot deliver you, were your deliverance suitable to the eminence of His perfections? Here is a Being who came forth from the East. No; "the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever," there is nothing He ever did, in saving, blessing, sanctifying, that He cannot do again. But it means more than that. But in the midst of all is seen one unchanging Christ. In the first place, no change is to be imputed to Him such as comes to us by reason of age and the wearing of the body. And these changes will continue — not absolutely, and for ever, but to-morrow, and for days in succession, until the last man, and the last day. Much in the popular conception of Christianity is in the act of passing. It is in our personal relations that we feel the identity or the changes of life. is the astonished rejoinder of his companion. Here it marks prominence, consequential deduction, and conclusion. Youth will wander and explore; but manhood asks a home wherein to dwell. Here I can work, here I can feel, here I am somewhat at home; but that world will be so unutterably strange. Now, believer, apply the simple figure. We are under the protection of an unchanging Power. Then let us abide in Him to-day. THE WORDS "FOR EVER" FALL STRANGELY ON OUR EARS; THE SOLEMN FUTURE IS UNKNOWN AND UNIMAGINABLE. Follow for a moment THE SUGGESTIONS OF TRUE CONTEXT; remember those who exercised a blessed, loving, wise " rule " over you, who " spake to you the Word of God," pastors, parents, friends; those who first interpreted to you your soul's yearning and restlessness, and pointed you to Christ for rest; the true and trusty ones who warned you against your dangers, and helped you in your temptations, and solaced you in your griefs; who seemed to read your life, and could speak the very words you needed. It is in our personal relations that we feel the identity or the changes of life. Difficulties will not daunt you, for He is the unchanging Helper. He was "with God," then with man, now with God again. He gave Himself to it in the beginning; undertook it when man fell; made ready for His advent during four thousand years; came in the fulness of time. Paul speaks of worlds and epochs, of which we now know nothing, that are all to be gathered together, and seen fulfilled in Christ. "Did he remember me?" The humanity of Jesus Christ is in all its essential features the same. God's decrees may be taught so as to make men feel that they are oppressive; but the thought that the decrees of God run through time and eternity, and that He is true to them, so far from being repulsive, is exceedingly attractive. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever.(J. Raleigh, D. D.)The unchanging ChristA. THE DUTY WHICH IS INCUMBENT ON THE PEOPLE, TO FOLLOW THE SOUND FAITH OF SUCH A TRUE AND FAITHFUL MINISTER. Then, go to the Lord in prayer and ask Him to help you emulate Christ as that person emulates Him. God saw the end from the beginning; He follows a plan eternally ordained, and the whole vast administration of creation is carried on in pursuance of certain great fixed ideas. "Your old neighbour? "Of His kingdom there shall be no end." Maclaren, D. D.)Yesterday and to-dayS. When our impatience has been tamed, and our impetuosity has become subdued; when we have learned to distrust ourselves, and wish for an immutable goodness on which to stay; when we have learned to distrust the world, to look away from things and circumstances; after we have felt weariness and disappointment, we grow to value quiet. As opposed to such a conception as this, the Bible teaches God to be one, from eternity to eternity, sovereign and immutable. Ideas of Deity are more or less pure as God reveals Himself more or less clearly. "Yes; but you would not know him, he is so greatly altered." Ministers, who have thus spoken the word of God, should be remembered, their faith followed, and the end of their conversation considered. Hebrews (13:7). The verse is chiastically constructed in Greek: “we do not have a permanent city; the city which is to come we seek.”, The upshot of Heb 13:9–14 is to contrast Judaism and its adherence to the Mosaic covenant and cultus with the new covenant inaugurated by Christ. Youth will wander and explore; but manhood asks a home wherein to dwell. His hand is the same — strong even to almightiness. Let us take another step. Our life continues the same in many vicissitudes, so long as the persons we have to do with are unchanged. We may be troubled, but we cannot be daunted; surprised, but not unmanned. The same constitution of things holds in the higher sphere of man's moral progress and religious life. Yesterday our fathers and our mothers were young, and hale, and strong — to-day they lean towards the earth like half-felled trees, or they lie prostrate as trees wholly cut down. In regard to these visible, sensible manifestations, Jesus Christ is different to-day from what He was yesterday, and (we speak with reverence), for anything said in the Scriptures, He may be different to-morrow from what He is to-day. IN RESPECT OF THE METHODS OF HIS ADMINISTRATION. To-day I This is the favourable time — this is the day of Jesus Christ's salvation. The yesterday of my text may either be applied to the generations that have passed, and then the "to-day" is our little life; or it may be applied to my own yesterday, and then the to-day is this narrow present. His sameness is consistent with an infinite unfolding of new preciousness and new powers, as new generations with new questions arise, and the world seeks for fresh guidance. Youth will wander and explore; but manhood asks a home wherein to dwell. 3. God's changeful providence comes into all our lives, and parts dear ones, making their places empty that Christ Himself may fill the empty places, and, striking away other props, though the tendrils that twine round them bleed with the wrench, in order that the plant may no longer trail along the ground, but twine itself round the Cross and climb to the Christ upon the throne. Death, or separation, or mutual alienation and distrust put an end to their guidance. Is it not because we are created to find rest and portion only in God? And these must never be separated; a sound faith and a good life. Their place here is empty, but their place in heaven is filled. Guthrie, D. D.Ah! For change there means progress, and the more the human embodiments of Christian truth disintegrate, the more distinctly does the solemn unique figure of Christ the same rise before us. The deep reality of life abides the same; Jesus Christ the same to-day as yesterday.III. I believe he has the same kind heart as ever; but he has not in his power to show it as he was used to do." Your exit out of this life shall bring you where He is, and you will find Him then what He always was. In view of these statements, I remark, first, that it is such a view of God as this that inspires confidence and trust in Him. The same principle of proportion which inclines Him to confine our faculties within a narrow circle during this life, will incline Him infinitely to extend the sphere of them in a future state. Let the fleeting proclaim to you the permanent; let the world with its revolutions lead you up to the thought of Him that is the same for ever. "Yes; but you would not know him, he is so greatly altered." Let us give everything up to Him, ourselves and our all. He was "with God," then with man, now with God again. THE SAME TEACHER. I believe he has the same kind heart as ever; but he has not in his power to show it as he was used to do." The gods of antiquity were shameful, subject to fits of wrath, and to the most fitful changes of the most desperate feelings. Read full chapter. Actually that’s not so bad. He came to live as a man — He did live as a man. They were confided to the memory of a few poor, ignorant men, who hardly understood them. "And our old neighbour, who lived next door?" in the day of health and strength, firmly to hold to their deceits, yet, unless the mind be overwhelmed with ignorance, or the conscience seared, that hour will tear all such webs asunder; it will try every man's work of what sort it is. Follow for a moment THE SUGGESTIONS OF TRUE CONTEXT; remember those who exercised a blessed, loving, wise " rule " over you, who " spake to you the Word of God," pastors, parents, friends; those who first interpreted to you your soul's yearning and restlessness, and pointed you to Christ for rest; the true and trusty ones who warned you against your dangers, and helped you in your temptations, and solaced you in your griefs; who seemed to read your life, and could speak the very words you needed. It has been supposed that the doctrine of God's decrees would repel men, and drive them into infidelity. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Why, we find that marvellous, that indefinable, thing which we call life. Truth and justice are the same now that they were in the beginning, and that they ever will be. "What gross absurdity! " Let the fleeting proclaim to you the permanent; let the world with its revolutions lead you up to the thought of Him that is the same for ever. We may be troubled, but we cannot be daunted; surprised, but not unmanned. )The changelessness of ChristA. Without revelation, without even the fixed data which science affords, men formed ideal images and called them God. In regard to these visible, sensible manifestations, Jesus Christ is different to-day from what He was yesterday, and (we speak with reverence), for anything said in the Scriptures, He may be different to-morrow from what He is to-day. He cannot deny Himself.II. Dispensations of Providence may wear a frowning aspect; clouds and darkness may be round about the Saviour, and hide from His ransomed ones the pleasant light of His countenance; still, however, the love of His heart never expires, never diminishes. 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