‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).’
All around us there is constant *change. The whole world is in a flux. Matter continuously changes. The Bible tells us ‘moth and rust doth corrupt (Matthew 6:19, 20).’ Even the most stupendous structures, such as the Himalayan mountains, change their form. Under the seas and on land there are fissures that are forever on the move, and there are earthquakes that shake the earth. Eruptions spill larva and send sulphureous clouds into the sky. New volcanos are formed (Psalm 122:26).
God created the world (Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:10), and He sustains it today (Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 1:3). He created all manner of living creatures (Genesis 1:20-31). They die, but their offspring produce more offspring, and life continues. We humans are no exception. We procreate and have offspring.
In stark contrast to all the flux and vicissitudes of God’s creation, He never changes ( Malachi 3:6). He is the same today as He was yesterday (Hebrews 1:12; 13:8). He is eternal (Psalm 90:2). He has always existed and always will exist. He is the God who exists outside of time and in time (Ephesians 1:4, 5); the God who is **everywhere, all powerful and all knowing. He is the Sovereign King who rules the universe and His heavens (Psalm 22:28; 66:7; 103:19).
God’s Revelation of Himself
So that there would be no excuse (Romans 1:20) for us not knowing Him and worshipping Him, He chose a nation for Himself (Ezekiel 20:5) from whom would come the very Person who created the world, Jesus Christ His Son (Matthew 3:17; 16:15-17). Jesus, very God Himself, being the second Person of the Trinity, would reveal Himself to His people. And who are His people? Those who see Him by faith (Hebrews 12:2), believe in Him and trust Him with their life. He died to give them eternal life (John 3:16) and for them to dwell with Him forever in a new earth that He will create (Revelation 21:1).
God’s Written Word
How do we know this? Well, God gave us His written word, the Bible, which has been translated into at least 670 different languages. God Himself did not pen the words, but those who wrote the 66 books of the Bible were inspired by the Holy Spirit to write what they wrote (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21). Not all versions of the Bible truthfully represent what was written in the original autographs; for example, the New World Translation used by the Jehovah Witnesses differs in places from the King James Bible, especially where the deity of Christ is concerned.
The Jehovah Witnesses deliberately changed their version of the Bible to fit their theology, but nothing changes God’s actual rendering of His original words as written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. Some people will only use the King James Version, as they believe it to be the most accurate rendering of the Scriptures.
One thing I wish to point out is that people are not drawn to Christ (John 6:44; 12:32) because they use a particular version of the Bible. They are drawn to Him because He draws them to Himself. I myself was convicted of my sin and the righteousness of Jesus (John 16:8) through reading a paraphrased John’s Gospel. The Holy Spirit brought me to repent of my sins and He transformed me into a ***new creation. I became a new person in my spirit. He gave life to my soul (John 3:3-8), not because of any merit of my part – in fact the very opposite; for I was lost and would have been destined for hell, had it not been for God’s mercy and loving kindness (Exodus 34:7; Joel 2:13).
God’s Word does not change (Matthew 5:18). What He has decreed (Psalm 148:6; Jeremiah 5:22), what He has ordained (Jeremiah 1:5) and what He has said about the future, will take place (Job 23:13).
*God’s Tapestry of Change
**The Omniscience, Omnipotence and Omni-presence of God
***New Creations in Christ Jesus