DOCTRINE OF DIVINE ESSENCE
May 14, 2017
BEFORE we begin, if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, take a moment to name your sins to God the Father. This will allow you to be filled with the power of The Holy Spirit as you read this booklet (EPH 5 :18 & 1JO 1:9). IF YOU HAVE never believed in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you have that opportunity right now. Simply tell God the Father that you are believing on His Son Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. If you make that decision, you are now a believer and will always be a child of God! When you die, you will spend eternity with Him forever in heaven! (JOH 3:16 & ACT 16:31).
So far, we have noted that God is Sovereign, Righteous, Just, Love, Eternal Life, Omniscient, Omnipresent, and Omnipotent. God is also Immutable! Immutability simply means that God is absolute stability. So, since God is Immutable, He is Perfectly Stable!
You never have to worry about God getting tired and weary or changing. As Isaiah said in ISA 40:28: Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. What Isaiah is saying is that The Lord’s Judgment and Understanding is unsearchable. His Immutability focuses in on His Patience and Tolerance with each and every one of us! That is to say, His Stability comes from His Patience and Tolerance.
Immutability ties all the Divine Attributes together. For instance, because of His Immutability, His Love is unchangeable. His Omnipotence or His power can never diminish. His Glory can never change. His Veracity, which is His truth, is Unchallengeable. Because of His Immutability, His Love is Eternal. JER 31:3 says: The Lord appeared to him from afar, saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.” Whatever the God’s Attributes were before the universe was called into existence, they are precisely the same now and will remain that way forever.
As fallen creatures, we are not only mutable (which means prone to change), but everything in us is naturally opposed to God. This is because of Adam’s sin which left us with an Old Sin Nature. As JUD 13 teaches without God we are like “wild waves of the sea, casting up their own shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever.” Wow!!
ISA 57:20 teaches that “the wicked [fallen man]are like the tossing sea, For it cannot be quiet, And its waters toss up refuse and mud.” In other words, fallen man is inconsistent and self-contradictory even after he is saved; he has that conflict inside himself. The Bible teaches that no human being can be totally depended upon. People, who like you today, may hate you tomorrow, just like the multitude that cried “Hosanna to the son of David” and then changed overnight to “away with him, crucify him!”
Here is some sound Biblical advice that can serve as tremendous comfort: human nature cannot be relied upon but God can! However unstable we may be, whatever our friends or even family do to hurt us, God never changes. Bible doctrine in our souls is the only stabilizer in life. There is nothing in us that is stable except God’s Word. Because of His Immutability, God is Faithful. Actually, Immutability is the Character and Essence of God and Faithfulness is the Expression of that characteristic. God is Faithful and his Faithfulness stems from His Immutability. It’s different with humanity because unfaithfulness is one of the most commonly committed sins today!
In the world today, most people’s word is of little value – although there are some rare exceptions. In the social world, immorality and unfaithfulness is the norm and standard for society. Even in the church, we are seeing spiritual leaders who are academically dishonest. But before you start thinking about all the people in your life who have been unfaithful, think of how many ways and times you have been unfaithful to people and more importantly to The Lord Jesus Christ! We are often unfaithful to His Word and the fantastic privileges that have been entrusted to us. How refreshing it is to know that in spite of everything, this there is One Who is Faithful – Faithful in all things, at all times, even unto the end! DEU 7:9 states: Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments… We may change toward Him but He Will and Can never Change toward us!
It is one thing to accept God’s Faithfulness as truth but it is another thing to count on it. That is to say, you have to believe that He Will Be Faithful. It’s that way with all of His Attributes. Just knowing His Attributes academically is nothing. You have to apply them to your life. God is Faithful so He Will Always Be There for you. You can rely on Him for comfort and strength. God has Faithfully described the ruin that negative volition leads to. He has Faithfully Diagnosed the terrible results and effects of sin. God is Faithful in all things. The Bible states many ways in which God is Faithful. For instance, God is Faithful in Keeping His Promises. Look at what Paul wrote in 2CO 1:19-20: Timothy and Silvanus and I have been telling you about Jesus Christ the Son of God. He isn’t one to say yes when he means no. He always does exactly what he says. He carries out and fulfills all of God’s promises, no matter how many of them there are; and we have told everyone how faithful he is, giving glory to his name. (Living Bible)
Think of all the rebellion that the children of Israel fell into and yet God was Faithful. Many times, they were faithless but He was Faithful! Why? The answer is in TIT 1:2 which teaches us that it is impossible for God to lie! HEB 10:23 tells us: Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful… The permanence of God’s Character guarantees the fulfillment of His Promises. So, get to know His Promises by studying His Word and your life will vastly improve!!
One thing to always remember about God’s Forgiveness is that He is also Faithful to Forgive: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1JO 1:9) God does not Forgive because we feel sorry for our sins or promise never to do them again. He Forgives us because Christ has already Paid the Penalty for our sins. 2TI 2:12-13 sums it all up: If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us; If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself. God is faithful to us and there is nothing we can do to lose our salvation! Since God did the Saving Work, He does the Keeping. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass. (1TH 5:24)
God is also faithful to deliver us from pressure or in testing: No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. (1CO 10:13)
God is faithful in protecting believers as we learn in 2TH 3:3: But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. He is faithful in the administration of His Plan: God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (1CO 1:9) God is also faithful in disciplining His people. He is Faithful in what He Withholds just like in what He Gives. He is Faithful in Sending sorrow as well as in Giving joy. And, therefore, the Faithfulness of God is a truth to be acknowledged by us not only when we are at ease, but also when we are in trouble. To agree with this means that we humble ourselves before Him and realize that we fully deserve His Correction. Instead of any murmuring or complaining, we should thank Him for it. PSA 119:75 states: I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are righteous,
And that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.
JAM 1:17 is a beautiful verse about God the Father’s faithfulness: Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.
God The Holy Spirit is faithful to indwell us: I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever… (JOH 14:16) He is also faithful to teach Bible doctrine to the believer: …which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. (1CO 2:13) Understanding these principles will preserve us from worry! To be worried and concerned is to reject God’s Faithfulness. He who has heard your prayers in the past will not refuse to supply your need in the present. God is greatly Honored when under trial or chastening, we have proper thoughts toward Him and recognize His Divine Attributes in action. The sooner we trust Him in all of our affairs, being fully convinced of His love toward us, the sooner we will find true satisfaction in life.
God is also veracity. Veracity means that God is absolute truth. This is taught in DEU 32:4: “The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He. If God is to be faithful to us, He must level with us. We must have all the facts concerning God as well as a relationship with Him. Therefore, His veracity is manifested in His Ways: All the paths of the Lord are lovingkindness and truth To those who keep His covenant and His testimonies. (PSA 25:10) His truth is manifested His Works, too: “Great and marvelous are Your works, O Lord God, the Almighty; Righteous and true are Your ways, King of the nations!” (REV 15:3) And in His Word: Now, O Lord God, You are God, and Your words are truth, and You have promised this good thing to Your servant. (2SA 7:28) The Lord Jesus Christ is absolute truth according to JOH 14:6: Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. God the Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of Truth in 1JO 5:6: This is the One who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood. It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.
When you thoroughly understand the Doctrine of Divine Essence and apply it in adversity or prosperity, you will possess and maintain peace and inner happiness in every experience of life.