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Jesus Christ is always God

Hebrews 13:8

In the world and in our churches, many things change. Fashions change. Popular opinions change. New leaders replace the old ones. And sometimes people have new beliefs about God.

But God is still the same. He never changes.

Hebrews 13:8 teaches very clearly that Jesus is God. He is the same God who, in the beginning, created the heavens and the earth (John 1:1-3). He is the same God whom Abraham knew (John 8:58). He is the same God whom Moses served (Hebrews 11:26; Hebrews 3:5-6).

The author of Hebrews has taught this lesson before, in Hebrews 1:10-12. Hebrews 1:8 shows that that passage is about Jesus Christ, Godís Son. He is God, even as God the Father and the Holy Spirit are God. They are not three Gods, but one God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

So today Jesus Christ, who is the God of Abraham and Moses, can be our God too. His character has not changed. He described himself to Moses in Exodus 34:6-7, and that description is still true today. His promises have not changed. Not even one of his words will disappear until all his plans are complete (Matthew 5:18). His attitudes have not changed. He is still the God who must punish us for our sin (evil deeds). But he is also the God who desires very much to forgive people. And that is why, on the cross, he himself suffered the punishment for our sins (Hebrews 9:28).

Jesus will always be the same God. In the future, he will rule, and everyone will recognise his authority (Philippians 2:9-11). People will not be able to choose what they want to believe then. But today, we do have a choice. We can choose whether or not to invite him into our lives, to be our God always.

Next part: New ideas about religion (Hebrews 13:9)

 

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