Preparation for The Lord’s Table

knowledge-of-the-holy-tozerExcerpts from A.W. Tozer’s Knowledge of the Holy, The Immutability of God

[Prayer] O Christ our Lord, Thou has been our dwelling place in all generations. As conies to their rock, so have we run to Thee for safety; as birds from their wandering, so have we flown to Thee for peace. Chance and change are busy in our little world of nature and men, but in Thee we find no variableness nor shadow of turning.  We rest in Thee without fear or doubt and face our tomorrows without anxiety.  Amen.

“It seems to me impossible to think of God as varying from Himself in anyway. Here is why: For a moral being to change it would be necessary that the change be in one of three directions. He must go from better to worse or from worse to better; or, granted that the moral quality remain stable, he must change within Himself, as from immature to mature or from one order of being to another. It should be clear that God can move in none of these directions.  His perfections forever rule out any such possibility.

God cannot change for the better. Since He is perfectly holy, He has never been less than He is now and can never be holier than He is and has always been. Neither can God change for the worse. Any deterioration within the unspeakably holy nature of God is impossible.”

[Nor can God’s Word change] “Nothing that God has ever said about Himself will be modified; nothing the inspired prophets and apostles have said about Him will be rescinded. His immutability guarantees this.”

“The immutability of God appears in its most perfect beauty when viewed against the mutability of men. In God no change is possible; in men change is impossible to escape.”

“. . . yet much as we may deplore the lack of stability in all earthly things, in a fallen world such as this the very ability to change is a golden treasure, a gift from God of such fabulous worth as to call for constant thanksgiving. For human beings the whole possibility of redemption lies in their ability to change. To move across from one sort of person to another is the essence of repentance: the liar becomes truthful, the thief becomes honest, the lewd pure, the proud humble. The whole moral texture of the life is altered. The thoughts, the desires, the affections are transformed, and the man is no longer what he had been before. So radical is this change that the apostle calls the man that used to be “the old man” and the man that now is ‘the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him.’”

“Again the question arises. ‘Of what use to me is the knowledge that God is immutable?’ someone asks. ‘Is not the whole thing a mere metaphysical speculation?’”

“What peace it brings to the Christian’s heart to realize that our Heavenly Father never differs from Himself. In coming to Him at any time we need not wonder whether we shall fin Him in a receptive mood. He is always receptive to misery and need, as well as to love and faith. He does not keep office hours nor set aside periods when He will see no one. Neither does He change His mind about anything. Today, this moment, He feels toward His creatures, toward babies, toward the sick, the fallen, the sinful, exactly as He did when He sent His only-begotten Son into the world to die for mankind.”

“God never changes moods or cools off in His affections or loses enthusiasm. His attitude toward sin is now the same as it was when He drove the sinful man from the eastward garden, and His attitude toward the sinner the same as when He stretched forth His hands and cried, ‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.’”

“In all our efforts to find God, to please Him, to commune with Him, we should remember that all change must be on our part. ‘I am the Lord, I change not.’” ~ A.W. Tozer, Knowledge of the Holy, pg. 75 – 83 ~

So as we come to the Lord’s Table this week, let us be reminded of God’s immutability (His changelessness) and know that God has not changed in His desire to commune with us. God has not changed in His desire to lavish His grace on us. God has not changed in His desire for us to have clean hands and a pure heart, and not lift our souls to any idols. God has not changed His desire that our relationships between one another in the church be right before we participate in the Lord’s Table. And God has not changed in His desire for us to observe His Table in remembrance of Him until He returns. Let us praise our immutable God!

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