Summary: God is unchanging in His attributes. This is part two in the series on God’s attributes.
The Unchanging God—part 2
Text: James 1:17 “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.”
Last week we looked at some of the unchanging attributes of God. We talked about the unchanging unity of God—the fact that there always was and always will be only one God. We talked about the unchanging eternal existence of God—the fact that God had no beginning and will have no end. Thirdly, we talked about God’s unchanging attribute of Omnipresence—the fact that God is not limited by time or space and that He is everywhere present eternally.
As we continue our study of our Unchanging God let us look at some more of His wonderful attributes that belong only to Him.
I. God is Unchanging in His Omnipotence.
Omnipotence means “all-powerful.” Our God possesses infinite power. This power is not limited in any way. This attribute is gloriously illustrated in the Bible. Beginning in the first chapter of Genesis we see God’s creative ability displayed when He spoke the world and all that it contains, as well as the universe into existence. No one but God possesses the power to create something from nothing.
Let us look at some passages of Scripture that further illustrate this Divine attribute.
1 Chronicles 29:11 “Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.”
Job 26:14 “but the thunder of his power who can understand?”
Psalms 62:11 “God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.”
Jeremiah 10:12-13 “He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion. When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.”
Habakkuk 3:3-6 “God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power. Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet. He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting.”
As we can see from Scripture, God is almighty. His power is not only almighty, but it is also perfect. He possesses all power to do all things. Nothing is too difficult for him. This is illustrated by the miracles both in the Old Testament and in the New. He parted the Red Sea, brought manna from Heaven, water from a rock, brought healing to the sick, and raised the dead. In the New Testament Jesus Christ who is God in human flesh displayed this attribute. He fed 5000 with 5 loaves and 2 fish. He healed the lame, the blind, the deaf, and the dumb. He brought deliverance to the demon possessed and money from the mouth of a fish. He walked on water, and stopped a storm with his Word. He raised the dead and escaped from the hand of his enemies, “for His time was not yet come.” He was crucified and three days later was resurrected from the dead. Nothing is impossible or even difficult for our God! He is almighty! He is omnipotent! You can trust Him with your life!
II. God is unchanging in His omniscience.
This attribute describes the infinite knowledge of God. He alone possesses perfect knowledge of all things eternally past, present, and eternally future. His knowledge is not limited.
Hebrews 4:13 “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”
Acts 15:18 “Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.”
Psalms 139:1-4 “O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.”
Psalms 139:12 “Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.”