Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
July 15, 2018 at 10:45 AM
Subject
The Immutable God
Description

THE IMMUTABLE GOD
“For I am the Lord, I change not…” Mal 3:6 and Psalm 90:   1.  “…from everlasting to everlasting thou art God”
Change is a constant reality. It is evident in the solar
system in global warming, in the atmosphere and waterways
through pollution, and in human life through maturation and
ultimately the aging process.
While change seem inevitable, there is a setting that is
non applicable; the reference is to God. Numerous are the
Scriptures that attest to the changelessness of God. In view
of multiple world problems, it is both comforting to know
that there is a force that changes not; it is God. Owing to
frailty of humankind, it would seem plausible that people
would strive to identify with and seek help from that
changeless being, God.  Our sermon, in this connection, has

 

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been planned to present Scriptures about God and suggest
methods for humanity to benefit from aligning with this
divine power. Hence, the sermon has been entitled, The
Immutable God. It will entail three lines of analysis on the
subject, namely: The Supremacy of God, The Sovereignty of
God, and the Continuance of God.
As background on the subject, brief attention will be
given to the concept God. This word is an abstract term
without a single object to represent it. Unlike the word
table that has a physical structure for its reference, the
word, God, refers to a Spirit ( John 4:24 ). It is possible,
however, to envision as a creative, powerful, moral,
righteous, and kind force that undergirds the whole of
creation. God, in this connection, is “ all and all”.
Within theological circles, God is depicted as being
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omnipresent, or everywhere present “…whither shall I flee
from thy presence ( Ps. 139: 7 ) omniscient, or all knowing
“Thou knoweth my downsitting and uprising, thou
understandest my thought afar off” ( Ps. 139:1 ) and
omnipotent – all powerful – “The voice of the Lord is
powerful…” ( Ps. 29:4 ).
While these three attributes yield some insights on the
word, God, they are grossly inadequate to fully disclose the
nature of God. However, they do provide a starting point for
serious biblical study on the word, God. With this
background, attention will now be directed to the earlier
specified inquiries on the subject, the first one being The
Supremacy of God.  This word means that God ranks at the
top on everything. This fact was, and yet is, reflected in
God’s message to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai. “Thou
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shalt have no other gods before ( Ex. 20:3 ). Many years
later, David – in recognizing the supremacy of God – would
also use a lower case g to reference the gods. ( Ps.95:3, 96:
4, 5, 97:9 ). In addition to the spelling of ( idol gods with the
non capitalized g, the Bible is replete with references that
demonstrate the supremacy of God, to cite a few: Chapters
1 and 2 of Genesis contain many refers to – “And God said”..,
a prelude to the creative acts of God and the responses
that followed. Moses, recognizing the supremacy of God,
wrote, “ The heaven and the heaven of heavens is the Lord’s
the God,   the earth also, with all that therein is his” ( Deut
10:14 ); Daniel 4:35 asserts., “none stay his hand, or say
unto him, ‘what doeth thou?’ ”. The New Testament, also,
embodies teachings that signify the supremacy of God,
two of which are: “ For thine is the kingdom, and the

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power, and the glory…” ( Matt. 6:13 ), . “Vengeance is mine, I
will repay, saith the Lord” ( Ro 12:19 ).
This Immutable God is, secondly, sovereign in nature
and function. God answers to no one ! God is inhibited by
no heavenly nor earthly force ! God needs no Council to
make suggestions, and God stands alone as Alpha and
Omega. God, alone, decided when and how to start and
complete the Creative Process. Without mechanical or
technological gadgets, God merely spoke and various
components of creation were manifested. God created
humankind, a little lower than the angels, to have
“dominion over the works of thy hands” ( Ps 8:6 ).
Unfortunately, the first family transgressed God’s law and
it was, therefore, expelled from the Garden of Eden ( Gen.
3:24 ). God drew Moses’ attention at the back side of the
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desert at which time He ordered him to return to Egypt to
face Pharaoh with the instruction to allow the Israelites to
leave Egypt. Exercising his sovereignty, God watched over
the Israelites as they journeyed from Egypt to Canaan. That
same God issued the Decalogues ( or Ten Commandments );
that same God sent down fire at Mt. Carmel; that same God
sent His Son into the world not to condemn the world, but
that the world through him might be saved ( Jo. 3:17 ); and
that same God, in accordance with His plan, will bring the
world to an end. But until that time, humanity can fine
solace in the fact that God is continuous, the last aspect of
this sermon.
The Holy Bible contains several references to the
continuous nature of God.  In Exodus 3:6, God spoke of His
continuous nature in the following words to Moses “…I am

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the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac,
and the God of Jacob”. In the change of leadership, God
said unto Joshua, “…as I was with Moses, so will I be with
thee…” ( Joshua 1:5 ). Psalm 90:1, also, attests to the
continuous nature of God. Therein is it noted, “…from ever
lasting to everlasting, thou art God” ( Ps. 90:1 ) While there
are many others Scriptures that certify the continuous
nature of God, probably one of the most appealing is
embodied in the statement, “…his mercy endureth forever”
( Ps. 107: 1 ). Beloved, this verse reminds us that God’s
mercy is plenteous, accessible, efficacious, and
inexhaustible.
In closing, this sermon on The Immutable God means
that God was before us, God is in our midst, and God will
exist when we shall be no more. The personal question

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becomes – how does the existence of God benefit us?
It is herein recommended we should take comfort in the
fact that God’s nature is unchangeable; God has the power
to strengthen us, the desire to help us, the knowledge to
lead us, the ability to protect us, and the tolerance to allow
us freewill. In this regard, do we have the faith to commit
our life to the care of the Immutable God. From such a
faith stance, we need not be dismayed by the contemporary
political disarray, racial inequities, parent/child separations,
and international arrogance for the Immutable God has
reminded us that, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord”. ( Isa. 55:8).
Hence, we need only to be still and LET GOD BE GOD. AMEN.

 

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