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Does God change His Mind?
Malachi 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. (KJV)
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (KJV)
Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (KJV)
God does NOT change. God is unchanging and unchangeable. He is also all-wise, so He cannot change His mind in the sense of realizing a mistake, backtracking, and trying a new tacktic.
The fact is that God changes His treatment of us in response to our choices has nothing to do with His character. Because God does not change, He MUST treat the righteous differently from the unrighteous. IF someone truly repents, God forgives; IF someone refuses to repent, God judges. God is unchanging in His nature, His plan and His Being. He cannot be pleased one day with the repentant and the next day be angry with the repentant. That would show Him to be variable and untrustworthy (Jam.1:17).
God warns us of the wages of sin (Rom.6:23) to cause us to repent. When we repent and trust Christ for salvation, God changes His Mind about us. We are no longer enemies but His beloved children (Jn.1:12). Since it would oppose God’s character not to punish us had we continued in sin, so it would oppose His character to punish us after we repent. Does that make our change of heart mean that God changes? No, our salvation points to the fact that God does not change, for if He had not saved us for the sake of Christ, He would have acted contrary to His character.
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