A. 3. Hebrews 13:8 "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever." The same law holds in providence. To-day I This is the favourable time — this is the day of Jesus Christ's salvation. His hand is the same — strong even to almightiness. Christ in the house, Christ in the home, the same to-day as yesterday. In the first place, no change is to be imputed to Him such as comes to us by reason of age and the wearing of the body. It does not properly terminate till 'the end come,' when he shall have accomplished all the ends for which his office as Mediator had been assumed." Beecher. the time comes when the actor must leave the public stage; when the reins drop from the leader's grasp; and the orator's tongue falters; and the workman's stout arm grows feeble; and the fire of wit is quenched; and the man of genius turns into a drivelling idiot; and men of understanding, without any second birth, pass into a second childhood. Again the thought of the immutable One bears up out of the confusion of changing things. Hebrews 13:8 . In fact, He is not the same yesterday and to-day in the forms and aspects of His existence. Effectually in His grace and mercy. You need not fear temptation, for His is an unchanging succour. I say that this Type is immutable, and that the words of the text are true of that Type, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever." A man is gazing intently down a deep, still well, where he sees the moon reflected, and thus remarks to a friendly bystander: "How beautifully fair and round she is to-night! Nor is there any change in the essential purposes of God's moral government. unchanging One, let me change from day to day, until I gain Thine image and reach Thy presence!" Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever. In all respects, and in all aspects, Jesus Christ is " the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." Immutability can be the attribute of none but God. 2. He said this yesterday. (1 Timothy 1:15) This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, Maclaren, D. D.)Yesterday and to-dayS. Yesterday lies consecrated in memory; to-morrow, radiant in hope; but to-day is poverty-stricken and prose. In either application the words of my text are full of hope and of joy. And is He the same in His devotedness to the work of redemption? And these changes will continue — not absolutely, and for ever, but to-morrow, and for days in succession, until the last man, and the last day. For that is the only thought on which a man can build, and, building, be at rest. No, no.(G. And that is why the Church has lived. Nay, if it were even possible for him to change, how could we calmly and confidently commit cur souls to him? In common things we soon grow wearied of sameness, and the whole earthly system of things is founded on the principle of variety and change. Hamilton, D. D.)Experiences may change, but not ChristG. Jesus Christ is the same in His influence upon those who believe in Him. You need not fear temptation, for His is an unchanging succour. But seeing that he is what he is in his character and in his relation to us, and that he is "the same yesterday, and today, and forever," we may repose in him the fullest confidence of our being. We change our calendars, and become conscious as we do so, that we ourselves have changed. Let it go; Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever. Alas! God saw the end from the beginning; He follows a plan eternally ordained, and the whole vast administration of creation is carried on in pursuance of certain great fixed ideas. He came to suffer as a substitute. His unchangeableness was also taught as opposed to any change of dynasties. Sorrow cannot long dim your eyes, for He is the unchanging Comforter. God's unchangeableness was taught, also, as opposed to the caprice of heathen divinities. When there is no allowance of evil the blessed Spirit of God takes of the glories and preciousness of Christ, and reveals them to you for your comfort and joy. Learn more Start my trial Back . The longing for rest, the desire for what is stable and unchanging — THIS IS OUR DEEPEST WANT; IT STRENGTHENS IN US AS WE GROW OLDER, WISER, BETTER MEN. It had been so in the history of this world; they themselves were living in the end of one dispensation, the old world passing away; a new world, another age, was immediately commencing. His GOSPEL MUST STAND FOR EVER AS THE LIVING EXPRESSION OF HIMSELF. But his mediatorial work did not cease then. Indeed, there could be no providence without change; no providing and no rule would be possible if no new circumstances arose. Jesus Christ, in all that constitutes His personality and in all that pertains to His character, is the same, and cannot change. )LinksHebrews 13:8 NIVHebrews 13:8 NLTHebrews 13:8 ESVHebrews 13:8 NASBHebrews 13:8 KJVHebrews 13:8 Bible AppsHebrews 13:8 ParallelHebrews 13:8 Biblia ParalelaHebrews 13:8 Chinese BibleHebrews 13:8 French BibleHebrews 13:8 German BibleHebrews 13:8 CommentariesBible Hub, (2)To-day to ourselves;(3)For ever to our children.(T. Then let us to-day promote the manifestation of the true unity of all believers.(S. He loved those who laid the stripes upon His back. From the unchangeableness of Jesus Christ we infer: 1. And you to whom all your life long He has "stretched out His hands"; you who have still rejected Him, you to whom a Christian life has long seemed only a dream in memory, a possibility left far behind; to you too He is still the same. "What gross absurdity! " Ø Why is the unchangeable Christ worthy of our worship? Cutting. In regard to these visible, sensible manifestations, Jesus Christ is different to-day from what He was yesterday, and (we speak with reverence), for anything said in the Scriptures, He may be different to-morrow from what He is to-day. Behind all changes in nature we press to unchanging power and law, and feel that these can reside only in an unchanging God. And may we not believe this to be the prayer of angels too? Martin.Employing the word "yesterday" to represent past time in general, we ask, who beside Jesus Christ is the same to-day as yesterday? )The changelessness of ChristA. His unchangeableness was also taught as opposed to any change of dynasties. When Jesus puts His hand around us and God puts His hand over us, A man is gazing intently down a deep, still well, where he sees the moon reflected, and thus remarks to a friendly bystander: "How beautifully fair and round she is to-night! It is a metaphor from the art of painting. "And what of such another?" Yesterday our fathers and our mothers were young, and hale, and strong — to-day they lean towards the earth like half-felled trees, or they lie prostrate as trees wholly cut down. "All, times are sadly changed with him. Calvary as He sheds His precious blood for Yesterday the hair of the husband was black as a raven — to-day it is white as wool. Disappointment cannot quench your hopefulness, for He is the unchanging Hope. To-day Jesus Christ is the same as when Paul said, "I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him until that day." the time comes when the actor must leave the public stage; when the reins drop from the leader's grasp; and the orator's tongue falters; and the workman's stout arm grows feeble; and the fire of wit is quenched; and the man of genius turns into a drivelling idiot; and men of understanding, without any second birth, pass into a second childhood. "He hath an unchangeable priesthood." You will observe that it is not of a thing that is the same, nor even of a truth conceived to be the same, that our text speaks, BUT OF A PERSON WHO IS THE SAME. Still, too, He assures His disciples, "I will come again." 1. You might as well say that the laws of nature are repulsive, as to say that God's decrees are so. He will not be unknown; He will be recognised who quickened, and guided, and sustained us, who was the steadfastness and identity of our passing earthly life. 2. Do you know Jesus Christ as your savior today? The moon is at full, and shining in more than ordinary silver brightness. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever.(J. He has made great promises to His disciples. Notice the ninth verse: "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever. Sin will not overmaster you, nor guilt drive you to despair; for He whose blood first cleansed you will cleanse you still, and the ear into which you breathed your first penitence is listening still for your repentant prayer. LET ME SPEAK TO YOU PERSONALLY OF THE UNCHANGING SAVIOUR. He was "with God," then with man, now with God again. Martin.Employing the word "yesterday" to represent past time in general, we ask, who beside Jesus Christ is the same to-day as yesterday? From the caution after our text, "Be not carried about with diverse and strange doctrines," it would appear that there were some who endeavoured to turn the Hebrews aside from that purity and simplicity of the gospel which their deceased pastors had inculcated. Then he counseled his readers "not to refuse him who speaks" God's unchangeableness was taught, also, as opposed to the caprice of heathen divinities. 1. Hamilton, D. D.)Experiences may change, but not ChristG. In view of these statements, I remark, first, that it is such a view of God as this that inspires confidence and trust in Him. Yesterday it was testified, "The love of Christ constraineth us "-it carries us out of the course of the world. You would be sorry to see him now. In His will, in His purposes, in His principles, in His affections, He is for ever the same. These things constitute being and character, and these in Him are without change.(A. In common things we soon grow wearied of sameness, and the whole earthly system of things is founded on the principle of variety and change. Let dispensation succeed dispensation, and age follow age, Jesus Christ is "the same unto the ages." Sorrow cannot long dim your eyes, for He is the unchanging Comforter. In the world to come there may be further dispensations, each fulfilling a thought, and all illustrating the mighty being, of God. Well is it for you who trust in Christ. )Jesus always the sameT. In all respects, and in all aspects, Jesus Christ is " the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." Our text speaks of One who is even now unchanging. A man is gazing intently down a deep, still well, where he sees the moon reflected, and thus remarks to a friendly bystander: "How beautifully fair and round she is to-night! It is remarkable that, when He pronounced these words, not one of them was written down. He will be here in all possible troubles. He came to live as a man — He did live as a man. It works everywhere you sign in, even with the mobile app! Now, believer, apply the simple figure. It implies that He is God. LET ME SPEAK TO YOU PERSONALLY OF THE UNCHANGING SAVIOUR. It happened that one day the old Emperor, satiated with glory, sat at a window in his palace on the banks of the Seine, and suddenly his eyes filled with tears. He came to suffer as a substitute. The work which was given him to do upon earth, says Dr. Wardlaw, "was the expiation of human guilt, and the provision of a righteousness for the justification of the ungodly; the laying of the groundwork of man's redemption - the foundation on which might rest together the glory of God and the hopes of sinners. "What gross absurdity! " Think what he must have been in His mother's home for thirty years. Let dispensation succeed dispensation, and age follow age, Jesus Christ is "the same unto the ages." So He is the same, (1)Yesterday to our fathers;(2)To-day to ourselves;(3)For ever to our children.(T. And it is very seldom, after years of absence, that you hear of one whose outward circumstances are nowise different from what they were, and rarer still to hear of one whose dispositions are quite unchanged. I found his house shut up, and all his family gone away." Circumstances change us. W. Beecher.The unchangeableness of God was taught originally as contrasted with the ever changing views entertained when poets, and mythists, and theologists of antiquity were accustomed to weave just such fancies as they pleased, and twine them about an imaginary God, changing to-day the imaginings of yesterday, as one twines every day fresh flowers about some statue. God's decrees may be taught so as to make men feel that they are oppressive; but the thought that the decrees of God run through time and eternity, and that He is true to them, so far from being repulsive, is exceedingly attractive. And howsoever, like the lower orbs, we have a natural motion of our own from good to evil, yet let us suffer the higher power to move us supernaturally from evil to good. The writer of Hebrews simply said, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever" ( Hebrews 13:8 ). Guthrie, D. D.Ah! And the noblest human spirits still say to him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? 1. And, no doubt, this is given as a sample of what He often did. The Unchanging One. The moon is at full, and shining in more than ordinary silver brightness. Maclaren, D. D.)Yesterday and to-dayS. to save is found in 1 Timothy 1:15. Still, too, He assures His disciples, "I will come again." "And yet many hearts thrill with a sacred joy on hearing the words, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." Jn. how quietly and majestically she rides along 1" He has just finished speaking, when suddenly his friend drops a small pebble into the well, and he now exclaims, "Why the moon is all broken to shivers, and the fragments are shaking together in the greatest disorder!" Some such change may be suggested in 1 Corinthians 15:24, 28. Difficulties will not daunt you, for He is the unchanging Helper. When a visitor comes from a foreign land where you once sojourned, you ask eagerly about the different acquaintances you once had there. Are we serving Him with our lives. Nor is there any such change possible to God as belongs to men by reason of their external circumstances.3. His sameness is consistent with an infinite unfolding of new preciousness and new powers, as new generations with new questions arise, and the world seeks for fresh guidance. The prayer of every Christian heart is: "Oh! Much in the popular conception of Christianity is in the act of passing. In the world to come there may be further dispensations, each fulfilling a thought, and all illustrating the mighty being, of God. Our outward appearances, the particles of which our bodies are composed, the opinions which we entertain, the experiences which we pass through, the characters which we are forming, - all these change. As opposed to such a conception as this, the Bible teaches God to be one, from eternity to eternity, sovereign and immutable. Our text speaks of One who is even now unchanging. Jn. But these mortal, formal changes, whatever they are, do not affect the substantial meaning of the text. "And what of such another?" 4. It had been so in the history of this world; they themselves were living in the end of one dispensation, the old world passing away; a new world, another age, was immediately commencing. III. But if we will only realise that all that sparkling lustre and all that more than mortal tenderness of pity and of love with which Jesus Christ has irradiated and sweetened any past is verily here with us amidst the commonplaces and insignificant duties of the dusty to-day, then we need look back to no purple distance, nor forward to any horizon where sky and earth kiss, but feel that here or nowhere, now or never, is Christ the all-sufficient and unchanging Friend. These things constitute being and character, and these in Him are without change.(A. He is not King because He sets Himself up as such. Raleigh, D. D.)The unchanging ChristA. of my Father's hand. But if we will only realise that all that sparkling lustre and all that more than mortal tenderness of pity and of love with which Jesus Christ has irradiated and sweetened any past is verily here with us amidst the commonplaces and insignificant duties of the dusty to-day, then we need look back to no purple distance, nor forward to any horizon where sky and earth kiss, but feel that here or nowhere, now or never, is Christ the all-sufficient and unchanging Friend. Maclaren, D. D.I. 4. He is faithful. And with the changes to which men are subject is associated mutation, which, like waves flowing over sand, affects the condition and appearance of all things. He lives, and in Him all loves and companionships live unchanged.III. 1. We have seen remarkable advances in technology; Again the thought of the immutable One bears up out of the confusion of changing things. And is He the same in His devotedness to the work of redemption? "He ever liveth to make intercession for them" (Hebrews 7:25). He has shown us an object in grief which makes it endurable. I am not going to attempt to explain the Mystery. "And yet many hearts thrill with a sacred joy on hearing the words, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." But the moment a wrong motive is cherished in the heart, or an idle word escapes the lips unjudged, your happy experiences are smashed to pieces, and you are all restless and disturbed within, until in brokenness of spirit before God you confess your sin (the disturbing thing), and thus get restored once more to the calm, sweet joy of communion. Do we wish for a full assurance of a claim to eternal happiness? Our life continues the same in many vicissitudes, so long as the persons we have to do with are unchanged. Hebrews 12 Hebrews 13:8 James 1 Favoriting is a great way to keep a list of sermons, programs, and ministry resources in your account. The applications of them vary, but the essential moral qualities themselves never change. Well is it for you who trust in Christ. New they will be, but they will not be strange; the changes will but illustrate the unchangeable.IV. Is it not because we are created to find rest and portion only in God? You will not sink in weakness, for He is the unchanging Strength. In this evenings Bible study, pastor Roger Benson continues on the doctrine of Christ and the importance of putting our faith in Christ. It is blessed to think of being eternally young; but the thought that, while men are wrinkled, and bent, and scarred by disease, and toil, and suffering, and are subject to all manner of infirmities, there is One that is unchanged by time, and is for ever in the bloom of youth — this thought comes home with sweetness and comfort to every heart.2. Learn more. LET ME SPEAK TO YOU PERSONALLY OF THE UNCHANGING SAVIOUR. Sin will not overmaster you, nor guilt drive you to despair; for He whose blood first cleansed you will cleanse you still, and the ear into which you breathed your first penitence is listening still for your repentant prayer. And sometimes the question arises, Can time alter Him whose portrait hangs on the walls of our hearts, painted in undying colours by the hands of the four Evangelists? The French infidel Voltaire said of Jesus, "Christianity is But the only apparent alteration made by that sad denial was an increased tenderness. He is the revealer of what the apostle Paul calls present truth — and in His exhibition of that which it is essential for us to know, and essential for us to believe, He changeth not. Nor is there any change in the essential purposes of God's moral government. against Christ and the Word of God, but he died a drunkard's death and Difficulties will not daunt you, for He is the unchanging Helper. He is the revealer of what the apostle Paul calls present truth — and in His exhibition of that which it is essential for us to know, and essential for us to believe, He changeth not. Hamilton, D. D.Earthly friends are apt to change, and if they do not change they die. Man's systems are the shadows on the hillside. The text in Hebrews 13:8 states: “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever.“ This verse must be read in context with Hebrews 13:7 and Hebrews 13:9: Hebrews 13:7 states: “Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of … He is always Jesus Christ; and the word "same " seems to me to bear the most intimate relation to the two titles of the text, and does as good as say that Jesus Christ is always Jesus Christ, yesterday, and to-day, and for ever. Mackennal, D. D.I. Hebrews 13:8 The Unchanging Christ is the Same Forever. The gods of antiquity were shameful, subject to fits of wrath, and to the most fitful changes of the most desperate feelings. He can endow the holy life with wealth, and inspire a generosity which will rise to every emergency. The sky is furthest away from us right over our heads; behind and in front it seems to touch the earth. Let dispensation succeed dispensation, and age follow age, Jesus Christ is "the same unto the ages." "And yet many hearts thrill with a sacred joy on hearing the words, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." Still, too, He assures His disciples, "I will come again." What changes need we now fear? They lived as Christians; they glorified that Saviour "who is the same yesterday, today, and for ever." It has been supposed that the doctrine of God's decrees would repel men, and drive them into infidelity. What is this principle? But these mortal, formal changes, whatever they are, do not affect the substantial meaning of the text. Raleigh, D. D.)The unchanging ChristA. Jesus — "Saviour" — is the same to-day, and none dare point to a case and say it is too desperate for Him. We may stand solitary, where once we stood circled with affection, alone but not alone, for He is with us. And what say you of His love? In common things we soon grow wearied of sameness, and the whole earthly system of things is founded on the principle of variety and change. Will He fulfil these words? Then let us to-day promote the manifestation of the true unity of all believers.(S. You will observe that it is not of a thing that is the same, nor even of a truth conceived to be the same, that our text speaks, BUT OF A PERSON WHO IS THE SAME. There will be more familiarity than strangeness there, for " Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." "Yes; but you would not know him, he is so greatly altered." W. Beecher.The unchangeableness of God was taught originally as contrasted with the ever changing views entertained when poets, and mythists, and theologists of antiquity were accustomed to weave just such fancies as they pleased, and twine them about an imaginary God, changing to-day the imaginings of yesterday, as one twines every day fresh flowers about some statue. In view of these statements, I remark, first, that it is such a view of God as this that inspires confidence and trust in Him. cf 1 Jn. His eye is the same — bright as a flame of fire, and strong enough to view all things, whether great or small. However, I am thankful that There was perpetual change. II. We may stand solitary, where once we stood circled with affection, alone but not alone, for He is with us. Then let us to-day promote the manifestation of the true unity of all believers.(S. It was there in the narrow cell of a convent, and in the caverns of the Cevennes, in those humble men, those little ones of earth's passing show, who would not bend the knee to Baal. Difficulties will not daunt you, for He is the unchanging Helper. Youth will wander and explore; but manhood asks a home wherein to dwell. And it is very seldom, after years of absence, that you hear of one whose outward circumstances are nowise different from what they were, and rarer still to hear of one whose dispositions are quite unchanged. everlasting life ... and it will never end! As opposed to such a view of God, a creature of fancy, that changed with all the moods of the imagination, God was declared to be unchangeable. To-day Jesus Christ is the same as when it was said, "We are all one in Christ Jesus." In all respects, and in all aspects, Jesus Christ is " the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." 7. (Hebrews 1:10-12). In what department of this universe shall we find immobility? The gods of heathen nations made war with each ether, maintaining themselves by the exertion of force against other gods, so that there were revulsions in high and heavenly places, and reigning dynasties were overthrown. Then let us to-day promote the manifestation of the true unity of all believers.(S. To-day Jesus Christ is the same as when Paul said, "I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him until that day." So, further, we apply, in the third place, this thought to THE RELATION BETWEEN THE UNCHANGING CHRIST AND DECAYING INSTITUTIONS AND OPINIONS. In disposition to fulfil them, and in power, Jesus Christ " is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." But the time shall never come when it can be said of Jesus, His hand is shortened that it cannot save. Still, too, He assures His disciples, "I will come again." "Again a new commandment I write unto you," and every generation will find new impulse, new teaching, new shaping energies, social and individual, ecclesiastical, theological, intellectual, in the old Christ who was crucified for our offences and raised again for our justification, and remains "the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever."IV. But if we will only realise that all that sparkling lustre and all that more than mortal tenderness of pity and of love with which Jesus Christ has irradiated and sweetened any past is verily here with us amidst the commonplaces and insignificant duties of the dusty to-day, then we need look back to no purple distance, nor forward to any horizon where sky and earth kiss, but feel that here or nowhere, now or never, is Christ the all-sufficient and unchanging Friend. Yet here, where nothing is abiding but change — here where we "should imagine that we should get accustomed to change — we are always sighing for that which is the same to-day as yesterday, and which will be the same for ever. The one thing of which anticipation may be sure is that nothing continues in one stay. Many of the miracles which he wrought when upon earth are illustrations, parables, of the work which he is ever performing in human spirits. For change there means progress, and the more the human embodiments of Christian truth disintegrate, the more distinctly does the solemn unique figure of Christ the same rise before us. Let dispensation succeed dispensation, and age follow age, Jesus Christ is "the same unto the ages." In view of these statements, I remark, first, that it is such a view of God as this that inspires confidence and trust in Him. Jesus Christ is the same now as He was in times gone by, for the text saith, "The same yesterday, and to-day." His ear is the same — quick and sensitive; embracing the harmonies of creation, and receiving at the same time the whisper of a little one's prayer. Yesterday our fathers and our mothers were young, and hale, and strong — to-day they lean towards the earth like half-felled trees, or they lie prostrate as trees wholly cut down. For three years He worked on earth. Eighteen centuries ago it was said of Him that "He manifested forth His glory." Beecher. is and always will be the same as He was in all eternity past. Their exemplary edifying conversation was now at an end. Our life continues the same in many vicissitudes, so long as the persons we have to do with are unchanged. IN RESPECT OF THE METHODS OF HIS ADMINISTRATION. Without revelation, without even the fixed data which science affords, men formed ideal images and called them God. The teaching of our Lord, like his personality, continues and changes not. Here I can work, here I can feel, here I am somewhat at home; but that world will be so unutterably strange. Mackennal, D. D.)The immutability of GodH. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever.(J. Yet here, where nothing is abiding but change — here where we "should imagine that we should get accustomed to change — we are always sighing for that which is the same to-day as yesterday, and which will be the same for ever. A great composer said he was spending a long time over his work because he intended it to live long, but this Galilean peasant talks extemporaneously, as if simply answering the question of the hour; yet his words float over all generations, and are prized by men today as if they had been addressed exclusively to themselves. He said this yesterday. THE WORDS "FOR EVER" FALL STRANGELY ON OUR EARS; THE SOLEMN FUTURE IS UNKNOWN AND UNIMAGINABLE. By this truth let us regulate our faith, our morality, and our ideas of our future destiny. 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