God Is Unchanging To Purpose

W. Terry Varner
December 4, 2016

The Bible teaches, “the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, the Lord knows them that are His” (2 Timothy 2:19, 19, emp. added). God has knowledge of all those who have responded to His grace. God knows each individual through and through. Jesus says that “the very hairs of your head are numbered” (Matthew 10:30). This describes the omniscience of God; i.e. He is all-knowing or knows all things!

The very knowledge of God each of us creates a great cause for humility as He knows all the bad things about each of us that others do not know (and I am glad), and He sees more sin in me than I see in myself (which is humbles me). This being so, we must allow the Bible to reveal more of His unchangeableness in His purpose.

Samuel, the Old Testament prophet of God, declares an important truth about the eternal nature of God. “The strength [God] of Israel will not lie or repent: for He s not a man that He should repent” (1 Samuel 15:29). What does Samuel mean by the term “repent”? Repent means changing one’s plan of action or lifestyle. God acts from the basis of complete knowledge in however He acts. In doing so, God does not act so that He needs to repent. David states, “The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the thoughts of His heart to all generations” (Psalm 33:11). We believe the correct understanding of this verse is that what God does in time, God planned in eternity. All that God planned in eternity, God carries out in time. Packer writes, “all that He has in His word committed Himself to do will infallibly be done” (Knowing God 71).

Paul speaks of the “immutability of the counsel of God” (Hebrews 6:17-18) as involving two important matters: 1) “It is impossible for God to lie” in Hebrews 6:18, just as Samuel stated in 1 Samuel 15:29. 2) God’s purposes for man are unchanging! In Hebrews 6:13-16, Paul speaks of the assurance of Abraham and “the heirs of purpose” (Hebrews 6:17). The “heirs of purpose” refers to the Christian or those in Christ (cf. Galatians 3:26-29). This emphasizes that the purpose of God in relation to man is unchanging! God is committed to His purpose that Christianity is His ultimatum to man (cf. Hebrews l:l-3a). God never revises His purpose! True, “God is not man” in that He never changes (cf. 1 Samuel 15:29; cf. Mai. 3:10).

Consider God’s creation—man. How many times have you “changed” purposes in life because—you were stubborn, of your sins, of your friends, of the knowledge you learned about a matter in which you had been previously ignorant? The Christian never has to be concerned that God’s plans to save the obedient and punish the disobedient will change. They will not! Therefore, determine to be faithful in Christ and realize that no one can escape the promised punishment for the disobedient. Likewise, no one will go unrewarded with eternal blessings with God in Heaven. No part of His eternal purpose changes.