Walk’n Thoughts

1400817_10202390032782085_1747368932_oOk, so I get the sense that people don’t like impassibility because it seems to be “philosophical” not Biblical, or “based in church history” not the Bible.

Biblical proof for divine impassibility:

Exodus 3:13-15

Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'” God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.

Notice God’s name is I AM. Notice 5 things:

1. This is an ontological statement. So even if you think philosophy is dangerous or doesn’t belong in Christianity, God identifies himself using ontological language. “Am” is the present tense form of the word “to be”, and so God’s name is “Being”. His name is “I Exist”. God is his existence.

Notice we are not imposing ontological-philosophical frameworks onto the Bible. Rather we recognize the Bible speaks ontologically, and then use ontological language to explain its clear meaning.

2. If God’s name is “I AM” then he must be simple (i.e., he is not made up of parts, he is simply one). If God were composed of parts his name could not be “I AM”, his name would have to be “I AM THIS AND THAT”. But he clearly states, “I AM WHO I AM”.

3. If God’s name is “I AM” then he must be eternal (i.e., he transcends concepts of time). If God were temporal, then his name would be “I AM BECOMING”.

4. If God’s name is “I AM” then he must be immutable (i.e., he cannot change). If God were mutable, then his name would be “I MIGHT BE”.

5. If God’s name is “I AM” then he must be impassible (i.e., he cannot suffer change). If God were passible, able to feel, experience internal states of change, emote, all based on his relationship to creatures (e.g., you and me), then God’s name would be “I AM WHAT YOU MAKE ME TO BE”.

Further notice God’s name is I AM. Notice 2 things:

1. God is most absolute. He actually is what he is. You and I are never actually what we could be or should be, but God is actually everything that it means for him to be God. That means he is ultimate love, ultimate grace, ultimate will, ultimate power, ultimate authority, ultimate knowledge, ultimate wisdom, ultimate truth, ultimate justice, ultimate jealousy, ultimate purity, ultimate glory and so on.

2. Then notice – *this* God has sent for us (The I AM sent Moses to redeem his chosen people). He has entered into covenant with fallen human beings in order to give himself for them both now and forever. He has given himself (and he is the I AM, so for him to give himself is something indeed)… He has given himself so that we might know him, enjoy him, worship him, boast in him, and be kept by him forever in truth and love. He has done so through Christ, who is passible – our perfect mediator.

Make a conclusion from this clear Biblical teaching. Make 1 conclusion:

Therefore, if a teacher tries to teach you that God changes – or in any way tries to imply the God of the Bible is something other than the I AM – disregard that person’s teaching. It is according to empty philosophy, human ways of thinking, and clearly against the plain meaning of the Bible.

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4 thoughts on “Walk’n Thoughts

  1. Great work Price! I pray it will help people understand such an important matter. It helps me more fully appreciate how great and mighty our God is.

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