Saturday, April 22, 2006

O, Glorious Eternal Immutability

From the Chapter on God's Eternity in Discourses upon the Existence and Attributes of God by Stephen Charnock
“I am the Lord, I change not;” (Job 37:23)
If God were not eternal he could not be beautifully immutable. Whatever has a beginning is changed in its passing from not being to being.  Had he not been eternal, there would have been the greatest change from nothing to something, as happens to all created things. God is a sun glittering always in the same glory; a Life without succession, standing in one point of eternity. If anything sprang up in the essence of God that was not there before, he could not be said to be either an eternal, or an unchanged being [[and His Glory would be diminished—Let us pause and adore His eternal immutability!]].

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