Welcome to Worshiping the Word with Pastor Robert Morris. Thank you so much for joining us. Today, Pastor Robert is continuing his series, Amazing Grace, with a message about God's unchanging nature. It's going to be a good one.
I'm your host, Patrick, and I'm here with my co-host, Janae. Hey guys! I'm really looking forward to today's message because we live in a world where everything can and often does change or shift at the drop of a hat. Whether it's fashion trends, our relationships, the economy, or even our social media feed, change is everywhere. It really is, and that can be a little unsettling at times. I think we all need a reminder that God doesn't change.
He doesn't need to because He's perfect. You know, as much as I like some change in my life, I have to agree with you. I like knowing I've given my heart to a God who never changes His mind, His decrees, or His promises. It's amazing to think that the miracle-working God in the Bible, the one that raised Christ from the dead, is the same God I know today.
That's really good news. So, let's jump in now with Pastor Robert to hear how understanding God's unchanging nature is the key to understanding His grace. We're in a series called Amazing Grace, and this week the title of the message is Amazing Immutability. Amazing Immutability. Now, you might have to look at it to spell it because it's probably not a word that you used last week. You probably did not say, that was one of the most immutable meetings I've ever been in.
You know, I don't know. But the word immutability actually refers to the unchangeableness, when you put a T-Y on the end, unchangeableness of God. Immutable means unchangeable, impossible to change. There's another word you're probably more familiar with and that would be mutation, or mutating, changing.
If you're a parent, you might be familiar with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Okay, these are turtles that mutated into ninjas. You see, they changed. Okay, so that's the word mutant. It's something that can change, mutation. So, immutability is the inability to change.
And I want you to know this, this is actually a good thing. God cannot change. He can't change because He's perfect.
He has no need to change. It's important for us to understand this. I started a few weekends, this series on grace, and I started with a very generic, motivational message on grace. Talking about what is grace, not what does grace do. And that gets confused a lot in the body of Christ, that grace does this. I understand what grace does, but what is grace? And it is the pure, undefiled, unmerited, unearned, undeserved favor of God towards sinful people.
And because of us receiving that, then it does something in our lives, and we'll get into more of that in the series. But I started there, so we're gonna get a little more theological now. So, Hebrews chapter six, look at verse 13. For when God made a promise to Abraham, this is where we left off last weekend, so we're gonna pick up there again about Abraham saying, God saying to Abraham, I came to bless you, Abraham believing, and righteousness was deposited in his account. When God made a promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no one greater, he swore by himself.
Saying, surely, blessing, I will bless you, and multiplying, I will multiply you. And so, after he, Abraham, had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise, and we'll show you the heirs of promise are those who have faith.
To the heirs of promise, now watch this, the immutability of his counsel, that's the unchangeableness of his counsel. Confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge, to lay hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, in which enters the presence behind the veil. Okay, so this hope that we have, that's based on that God can't change and he can't lie, anchors our soul.
Our soul being our mind, will, and emotions, so think about just your thoughts and your feelings. That's the battle, that's where the battle is, it's what you're thinking and how you're feeling, and there's the battle. But what happens when we're going through a storm, is that if we understand that God can't change, then we have an anchor in that storm.
That's what he's telling us here. Now this word, immutable, this Greek word that says immutability and immutable, it's the same Greek word actually, it's the only two times it's in the Bible. In Hebrews chapter six there, it's the only two times it's in the Bible. And it's important to understand God can't lie, and he's using the Abrahamic covenant to help us understand the new covenant, which is a covenant by grace through faith, all right? So, here's what happens, if you remember last week we talked about that God shows up to Abraham and says, Abraham, given your religious background, your religious upbringing, your unreligious upbringing, you know, this is going to be hard for you to believe, but I didn't come to judge you, I didn't come to condemn you, I actually came to bless you. And Abraham believed and it was put in his account, accounted to him for righteousness. And God says that's what happens to you when you believe, okay? So, in the very same way God does this, but on the way over to meet with Abraham, you've got to understand that in Judaism, this is where we get it from, you've seen it in America, you've seen it in other countries, that when you take an oath, you have to swear by someone greater than you.
For instance, you've seen people put their hand on their Bible, right? Raise their right hand and say, I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me. God, okay, they're swearing by, the Bible's representative of God, they're swearing by someone greater than God, okay, it comes from Judaism. So he says, okay, you know that in an oath, when a person swears, he has to swear by someone greater.
In other words, someone tougher than he is. Let me use Texan term, alright, tougher, okay? When I married into Debbie's family, I didn't realize it, but everyone had a middle name. Now they are the greatest, hardest working people you've ever met, but their middle names are either Wayne or Bob.
And it's how they tell each other apart. You know, where did Billy Wayne go? Billy Wayne went to Walmart with Grady Wayne. Well, where's Grady Wayne? Grady Wayne, he just finished up with talking to Jimmy Bob and Billy Bob, then they're going to go over to Bobby Bob's house.
You know, it's just the way you know which Jimmy and Billy they're talking about, you put the middle name there. You follow me? Okay, so if you were going to swear by someone, you'd swear by the toughest Bob that we got. You wouldn't swear by little Bob, you'd swear by big Bob. Are you following me?
Okay. So God said on the way over here, I know that when men take an oath, they confirm it by swearing by someone greater. But on the way over, I couldn't think of anyone greater than I am. So I'm going to swear to you, Abraham, on my own name. Now, I want you to let that sink in for a moment. Would it be alright with you if God swore to you and He said to you, I swear to you, on my own name, I swear to you.
Would that be okay with you? Well, that's what He did. That's the new covenant. He made an oath with you and because He can't think of anyone greater than He is, He swore on His own name. And He said there are two things that can't change. We read that verse 17 a moment ago, New King James.
Let me just read it to you in New American Standard. It says, in the same way, in the same way, in other words, God with Abraham, God desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose. Now, who are the heirs of the promise?
You know, we love the nation of Israel and we reach out to Israel. But let me show you who the heirs of the promise are. Romans 4 verses 13 and 14 says, For the promise that He would be the heir of the world, this is speaking of Abraham, was not to Abraham, or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect. So here's what He's saying, in the same way that I made an oath, a covenant with Abraham, this is what the new covenant is like, and I swear it to you, and I take an oath, and let me remind you that I can't lie.
You just got to catch how good grace is. God says, I'm going to swear to you, and I want you to know something, I can't lie. All right, so, what are the two unchangeable things, all right? Some have said it's that God can't lie and that He can't change, and those to me are what stand firm, the two things that can't change. But the two things that can't change are in chapter 6 through 10, all right?
So here's the first one. Number one, Jesus is our high priest forever. He's our high priest forever. Now we stopped a moment ago at Hebrews 6 verse 19, look at verse 20, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, that's behind the veil, having become high priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews chapter 7, you might just have to flip one page, look at verse 17, for he testifies you are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.
On down in Hebrews chapter 7 verse 23, also there were many priests because they were prevented by death from continuing. But he, that's Jesus, because he continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. By the way, this word, the Greek word here for unchangeable, only time it's in the Bible, in the New Testament, only time. So you got the word immutable twice and then unchangeable, only time God decides to use these words. And it's because they're so strong, He wants you to know there's no possibility of this changing. Listen, there's no possibility that Jesus will not remain the high priest of those who believe in Him. Now, look at chapter 10, and we're going to read this very slowly, and I might even ask you some questions to let it dawn on you.
Okay, because this, these are two of the greatest verses in the Bible. Hebrews 10, beginning of verse 11, and every priest, okay, how many of them? Every, stands, do they stand or sit? Stands, ministering daily, how often do they minister? Okay, and offering repeatedly, how often do they offer? Repeatedly. The same sacrifices, same or different?
Same, which can never, never or always? Never take away sins. Now, we're going to read that verse again.
Let's not go to the next one yet. And every priest, verse 11, stands, ministering daily, and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices which can never take away sins. Now, let verse 12 dawn on you. But this man, that's Jesus, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God.
Is that good? You know why he sat down? Is this finished? He's never going to die on the cross again. It's done. He lived the perfect life. He died the perfect death, perfect sacrifice, perfect life, perfect sacrifice. He done it.
He sat down. It's done. It's finished. God's done his part. We do our part, but God's done his part. He's done it.
That's amazing. And God can't change. God can't change and he can't lie, so he made his son, our high priest.
Now, I want to ask you something. Is Jesus your high priest when you have a good week? You know, you read your Bible, you pray, you don't cuss too much, you know, you have a good, good, good week. Is he your high priest? Is he your high priest when you have a bad week?
See, the problem is most Christians don't live like that. You're listening to Worship in the Word with Pastor Robert Morris, and thank you so much for joining us. If you've missed the first couple of messages in this amazing grace series, you can find them along with many other messages on our website, pastorrobert.com.
You know, what a message so far. I particularly love what Pastor Robert said early on about how God's unchanging nature and that he's not able to lie is an anchor for our souls. So often we go through storms or battles in life, and without hope in God's promises to hold on to, we can get tossed around.
Yeah. I love that there is no greater security than knowing that God swore by his own name that he cannot lie or break his promises. Right, right. And what Pastor Robert said about Jesus as our forever high priest is really eye-opening, too. High priest isn't really a job description you hear nowadays, and before listening to this message, I hadn't really thought about what it means for us to have Jesus as our high priest. That his once and for all sacrifice covered everything.
Right? Now I'm even more grateful that we have Jesus as our sacrifice, and that good news is never going to be taken away from us. Definitely. Well, Pastor Robert has much more insight to share with us, so let's join in.
Here's number two. Jesus is our mediator of the new covenant forever. This will never change. There's never going to be another mediator. Jesus is our mediator. If we're in faith, we believe he's our mediator of the new covenant forever.
Now, just back a few pages, Hebrews chapter 8, verse 6, says, But now he has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as he is also mediator of a better covenant which was established on better promises. Okay, a better covenant, better promises. Do you believe the new covenant is better than the old covenant?
Now, by the way, let me explain something. When we talk about the old covenant, we're not talking about the Abrahamic covenant. We're talking about the Mosaic covenant, okay?
The Abrahamic covenant was symbolic of the new covenant, but we're talking about the Mosaic covenant, the covenant given to the children of Israel and Moses when they came out of Egypt, okay? Alright, so, is it better? Yes. I ask believers all the time, is it better? Yes.
But then I ask this, and most can't answer. Why is it better? Why is the new covenant better?
Well, let me show you one reason that it's better. It can do something the old covenant can't do. It can cleanse your sin, not just cover your sins.
It can cleanse you from all sin. And when it cleanses you, it can cleanse your conscience so that you don't serve God out of dead works. You can't believe how many believers serve God out of dead works. A dead work could be said many different ways, many different definitions. One I heard say, a dead work is any work not initiated by God.
That's a good definition. Another definition would be, and especially in reference to the new covenant, a work trying to earn the favor of God. Alright, so, let me show you a few scriptures.
If you got your Bible, stare there. Hebrews 9. Hebrews chapter 9, verse 9. It was symbolic for the present time, this is from the old covenant, in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience. It can't cleanse our conscience. Hebrews 9, verse 13.
Now you have to remember the first part of this and the last part to help understand the sentence, because he puts a phrase in which is great, but I want you to understand the sentence. So remember this, how much more, the question, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal spirit offered himself without spot to God, but remember the first, how much more shall the blood of Christ, watch, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God. And for this reason, so this is one of the reasons, he is the mediator of the new covenant. This is one of the reasons it's a better covenant.
And then Hebrews chapter 10, verses 1 and 2. Would have had no more consciousness of sins. Okay, now don't get hung up on the word perfect, because it's not talking about that we're perfect in our performance, but in our position with God. That Jesus lived the perfect life, that we put our faith in him, that yes we're to live righteously, yes grace teaches us to deny ungodliness, to live righteously and sober in the present age, yes grace does that, but grace can make us clean in the sight of God. The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin. So it makes us perfect in regard to our conscience.
It can cleanse my conscience so that I don't always have this consciousness of sin so that I'm always trying to get God's favor or God's approval. It's very important to understand this. So let's compare just for a moment the old covenant and the new covenant, all right. I'm going to give you a very simplified version of the old covenant and the new covenant, all right.
Hope you never forget this. God says to Israel, to the nation of Israel, he says, listen, I want to make a covenant with you, okay. Covenant, there's two parts. You know, I do my part, you do your part, okay.
All right, so here's my part. I'm going to be your God. I showed you one time in a message, I went through, I think 30 something scriptures, I will be your God and you will be my people. I will be your God and you will be my people. God's always one of the people. So he says to Israel, I'll be your God and you'll be my people.
And he said, here's my part of the covenant. I'm going to love you. I'm going to protect you. I'm going to provide for you.
I'm going to fight your battles for you. I'm going to lead you. I'm going to guide you. I'm going to direct you. I'm going to be your God.
I will be your God. That's okay. It's okay. Now here's your part. I want you to keep the law. I want you to keep the whole law. And you don't know this yet, but I'm going to write two books on the law. I'm going to write one called Leviticus. I'm going to write one called Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy means the second law, the law of the second time. So I'm going to write it to you twice just so you get it. And in Leviticus, there's a whole chapter on what you have to do if you get a scab. So my part is I'm going to be your God.
I'm going to take care of you from now on, protect you, love you, serve you, provide for you, all that. Your part is you have to keep the whole law. Okay, here's what Israel did, the whole nation of Israel. They said, okay, they broke it the first day.
And don't laugh at them because you did too. You haven't kept the law since you've been saved. None of you have. But that's the old covenant. They broke it before Moses got down the mountain. I can name four commandments that they broke before he got down the mountain.
And I'll bet they broke more, but we know for sure four of them that they broke, okay? Before he even got down the mountain. Okay. That's the old covenant. Here's the new covenant. God said to me one day, Robert, I want to make a covenant with you.
Here's my part. I'm going to love you. I'm going to protect you. I'm going to provide for you. I'm going to forgive all your sins.
You're going to live forever. I'll be your God. You want to hear your part?
Yeah, Lord, what's my part? Jesus, would you come over here? Robert, this is Jesus. Jesus is Robert.
Robert, Jesus is my son. And he became a man, and he went to earth. And he died to pay for all the things you've done wrong. But he not only died for you.
This is the problem we miss a lot with grace. He also lived for you. He lived the perfect life, and he kept the whole law. If you'll believe in Jesus, if you'll believe in my son, then you and I can enter covenant together. And I'll be your God, and you'll be my son. And in a motel room when I was 19 years old and been addicted to drugs, I said to God, I believe.
I believe Jesus is the son of God and that he lived for me and that he died for me. And God and I entered a covenant through the blood of Jesus Christ. And God can't lie, and he can't change. That's pretty good.
That is really good. Can you believe Jesus would want to enter into relationship with us? And his grace makes it so easy to say yes to him. What a powerful message. Yeah, and I've read the book of Hebrews so many times. And every time I see something new and different that the Holy Spirit wants to say to me. He may be unchangeable, but he's always giving me new things to think about and discover in his word, especially when it comes to his grace. Well, we've hoped you've been encouraged by Pastor Robert's message today, that God's character and promises never change. If you would like to get a copy of this message or any of the messages in this Amazing Grace series, visit pastorrobert.com or call 833-933-WORD.
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