blowing just as it was before. The sinner struggles against the wind of prevenient grace until he seems to strike against a stone wall. Regeneration is God?s conquest of our wills by his power, and conversion is our beginning to turn round and to work with God rather than against God. Now we move without effort, because we have God at our back;
<503512> Philippians 2:12,13 ? ?work out your own salvation? for it is God who worketh in you.? God has not changed, but we have changed;
<430308> John 3:8 ? ?The wind bloweth where it will? so is every one that is born of the Spirit.? Jacob?s first wrestling with the Angel was the picture of his lifelong self-will, opposing God; his subsequent wrestling in prayer was the picture of a consecrated will, working with God ( <013224>Genesis 32:24-28). We seem to conquer God, but he really conquers us. He seems to change, but it is we who change after all.
(c) As describing executions, in time, of purposes eternally existing in the mind of God. Immutability must not be confounded with immobility. This would deny the imperative volition of God by which he enters into history, The Scriptures assure us that creation, miracles, incarnation, regeneration, are immediate acts of God. Immutability is consistent with constant activity and perfect freedom.
The abolition of the Mosaic dispensation indicates no change in God?s plan; it is rather the execution of his plan. Christ?s coming and work were no sudden makeshift, to remedy unforeseen defects in the Old Testament scheme: Christ came rather in ?the fullness of the time? ( <480404>Galatians 4:4), to fulfill the ?counsel? of God ( <440223>Acts 2:23). <010801>Genesis 8:1 ? ?God remembered Noah? ? interposed by special act for Noah?s deliverance, showed that he remembered Noah.
While we change, God does not. There is no fickleness or inconstancy in him. Where we once found him, there we may find him still, as Jacob did at Bethet ( <013501>Genesis 35:1, 6, 9). Immutability is a consolation to the faithful, but a terror to God?s enemies ( <390306>Malachi 3:6 ? ?I, Jehovah, change not; therefore ye, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed?; <190711>Psalm 7:11 ? ?a God that hath indignation every day?). It is consistent with constant activity in nature and in grace (John 5:l7 ? ?My Father worketh even until now, and I work?; <182313>Job 23:13, 14 ? ?he is in one mind, and who can turn him?? For he performeth that which is appointed for me: and many such things are with him?). If God?s immutability were immobility, we could not worship him, any more than the ancient Greeks were able to worship Fate. Arthur Hugh Clough: ?It fortifies my soul to know, That, though I perish, Truth is so: That, howsoe?er I stray and range, Whate?er I do, Thou dost not change. I steadier step when I recall
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