Immutability and the Gospel

​”In short, the unchangeable Son of God took on changeable humanity (i.e., mutability) in order that we (mutable humans) might enter a state of immutability. ” -Mark Jones, God Is

BTW: Jones says that this immutability refers to the state of grace, especially Glory, though we will still change/grow in our knowledge of God.

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“The ‘back-parts’ of God, which we call his attributes, his power, wisdom, truth, justice, which God calls his glory to Moses . . . and which we cannot see and live: these are infinitely more really and substantially . . . set forth to us, by what we know of Christ as a redeemer in the gospel; and do infinitely transcend whatever of them either was, or could have been expressed in millions of several worlds, filled all of them with several sorts of intelligent creatures, such as angels and men.” – Thomas Goodwin, Discourse on the Glory of the Gospel

Not Good

“Julian’s liberal theology was far from typical for the time, but her status as an anchoress protected her from accusations of heresy. While many of her contemporaries argued that the Black Death was a sign of God’s punishment of the wicked, Julian believed in a broader, more merciful theology, suggesting that God demonstrated only love, never wrath, for his people. Julian even applied her understanding of God’s love to sin, which, contrary to the medieval Roman Catholic Church’s stance, she viewed not as evil or the work of the devil but as a necessity for bringing one to self-knowledge. Sin, she argued, was a necessary part of free will because it created a greater understanding of the need for God’s grace. She even went as far as to claim that God did not forgive our sins. “I saw truly that our Lord was never angry, and never will be,” she wrote. “Because he is God, he is good, he is truth, he is love, he is peace; and his power, his wisdom, his charity and his unity do not allow him to be angry. . . . And between God and our soul there is neither wrath nor forgiveness in his sight. For our soul is so wholly united, through his own goodness, that between God and our soul nothing can interpose.” Michelle DeRusha, 50 Women Every Christian Should Know: Learning from Heroines of the Faith

BTW NOTE: Beware of any thinker that pits anger against love. We don’t even tolerate such thinking at a human level. If a husband were to cheat on his wife, her love for him would make her legitimately angry at what he had done. Why? Because love is more than a feeling, it is a commitment. And his infidelity jeopardized that commitment, and necessarily provoked her to anger. If she said to him, ‘Oh, I’m not angry at all that you did that,’ you would wonder whether their relationship was DOA already before the infidelity. The same thing applies to God. Any god that doesn’t get angry when we turn away from him, must not have been very invested in a relationship with us in the first place. The point of this: any God who never gets angry when we reject him, also can’t ever love us very much.

What Communicable Attributes May or May Not Mean

If we think of God as having some attributes which we also possess, we may conceivably be doing it for one or the other of two reasons. In the first place, we may be doing it because we are making God in our own image. But, in the second place, we may be doing it because God has made us in his image.” -J. Gresham Machen, The Person of Jesus: Radio Addresses on the Deity of the Savior

Mind Boggling Infinity

“What is meant by saying that he is infinite? Well, the word “infinite” means without an end or a limit. Other beings are limited; God is unlimited. I suppose it is easy for us to fall into our ordinary spatial conceptions in trying to think of God. We may imagine ourselves passing from the earth to the remotest star known to modern astronomy—many, many light-years away. Well, when we have got there, we are not one slightest fraction of an inch nearer to fathoming infinity than we were when we started. We might imagine ourselves traveling ten million times ten million times farther still, and still we would not be any nearer to infinity than when we started. We cannot conceive a limit to space, but neither can we conceive of infinite space. Our mind faints in the presence of infinity.” -J. Gresham Machen, The Person of Jesus: Radio Addresses on the Deity of the Savior

2nd Commandment: God Must Not Be Domesticated

“The second [commandment] enjoins us to recognize the transcendence of God. ‘You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below’ (Exod. 20:4). The prohibition preserves the distinction between Creator and created thing. As soon as you start saying ‘Good looks like this’ (whether a fish or a mountain or a human being), somehow God gets reduced. He becomes something that we can encapsulate, domesticate, and thus in some measure control. But we saw that from the beginning, that is not the way God wants us to understand him. There is but one Creator, and he is to be distinguished from all of the created order. God must not be domesticated.” -D.A. Carson