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HOW COME THE GOSPEL ISN’T UPDATED?

FEB 28 Hebrews 13:8 Memorise Hebrews 13:8 “as Thou hast been, Thou forever will be”

Immutability is an attribute of God. It means that He is unchangeable. It is impossible for Him to change His character or any of His qualities. Indeed, as the hymn writer puts it, “there is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not; As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be”. He is not like a temperamental human being who can change with the seasons. He is “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8).

As God is immutable, so is His salvation work. From the beginning of time when He first promised Adam and Eve that He would send them a Saviour, through the period when He called Israel as His chosen nation, to the time when His promise was made flesh in the person of Jesus, to the beginning of the New Testament Church, and to our present era in the last days, His Gospel has remained unchanged. There is no need to change it. In every era, all men have sinned and need the Lord. Christ’s atoning work on the cross is a complete work, a one time event. The Christian faith was “once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 1:3). The Gospel is timeless and always current to the needs of Man.

We live in a world of persistent and ruthless change. The landscape is constantly changing as new buildings are erected. Products become obsolete after a few months when new, upgraded models are released. Events in various parts of the world can impact the whole face of the global, political and financial scene in a moment. Perhaps it is this same need for change that makes some Christians think that the Gospel needs to be updated for the new generation. They feel that it needs to appeal to them more and should be presented in a more interesting and entertaining way. As a result, the Gospel becomes distorted and false gospels such as the health and wealth gospel are born.

Just as the Bible is perfect and unchanging, so is the gospel. The message that Paul preached to the churches in the book of Acts, is the same message that we need today.

Thought: How does the immutability of God and His Gospel bring assurance to your soul?
Prayer: O Lord, help me never to fall into the trap of changing the Gospel message to try to appeal to my friends or to the people I reach out to.