Collect of the Day
O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Sunday, May 04, 2014
In his book, The Incarnation, Dr. Gordon H. Clark has a footnote on page 63 where he lists several proof texts for the doctrine of God’s immutability and eternity. God is essentially eternally self-existent and is subject to no passage of time. Aseity is an important attribute or propositional definition of God. Likewise, there is no passage or sequence of one thought to another in the mind of God. God’s knowledge encompasses all logical propositions at the same time. God knows the past, present and future all at once. That’s because eternity includes past, present and future.
Interestingly, most of the time only James 1:17 and Malachi 3:6 are referenced. But there are many other verses in the Bible which support the immutability and eternity of God.
Footnote 7 reads:
7. On immutability consider I Samuel 15:29 where the writer says God never changes his mind: never repents. Psalm 102:27, “They shall be changed, but thou are the same.” Malachi 3:6, “I am the Lord, I change not.” Compare Romans 11:29 and Hebrews 1:10-12. On God’s eternity consider Deuteronomy 32:40, “I live forever,” and 33:27 [Deuteronomy 33:27], “the eternal God.” Psalm 90:2 “from everlasting to everlasting thou art God.” Psalm 102:12, 27 “Thou O Lord shalt endure forever . . . thou art the same [immutability] and thy years shall have no end.” Compare Isaiah 41:4, John 17:24, I Timothy 6:16, I Timothy 1:9, Revelation 4:8-10, and especially Jude 25 [Jude 1:25], “To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever, Amen.”
Gordon H. Clark, The Incarnation, (Jefferson: Trinity Foundation, 1988), p. 63.