"As respecting the end of their conversation in life, or that end which the ministers of Jesus Christ have in view, in the things which they preach and recommend." Take your stand on the quietest day in the stillest place you can find — change is going on around you with every moment of time, so restless is nature down to its very heart. So, further, we apply, in the third place, this thought to THE RELATION BETWEEN THE UNCHANGING CHRIST AND DECAYING INSTITUTIONS AND OPINIONS. II. IN HIS WORK. This is God’s standard. But it is also true that Christian ministers are undershepherds of the great Bishop of souls. Blessed are they who, in a world of passing phenomena, penetrate to the still centre of rest, and looking over all the vacillations of the things that can be shaken, can turn to the Christ and say, Thou who movest all things art Thyself unmoved; Thou who changest all things, Thyself changest not. Alas that association so blessed should have had an end.II. 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. He has said that they shall never hunger and shall never thirst, they shall never die, they shall do great works, they shall not abide in darkness, they shall have peace, they shall join Christ in His glory. "Your old neighbour? Beecher. 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. Concluding Ethical Instructions. And is He the same in His devotedness to the work of redemption? Hebrews 13:8. They are as immutable as Justice, fruitful as Love, eternal as Truth. Eighteen centuries ago it was said of Him that "He manifested forth His glory." And one proof of it is that the graces which He shed on the first age of the Church were of exactly the same quality as those which we now enjoy. Lastly, look at these words in their application to THE RELATION BETWEEN THE UNCHANGING CHRIST AND THE ETERNAL LOVE OF HEAVEN. God's changeful providence comes into all our lives, and parts dear ones, making their places empty that Christ Himself may fill the empty places, and, striking away other props, though the tendrils that twine round them bleed with the wrench, in order that the plant may no longer trail along the ground, but twine itself round the Cross and climb to the Christ upon the throne. I. Hebrews 13:8 "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever." Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines.". Our text speaks of One who is even now unchanging. The Bible revealed Jehovah, the unchangeable; who, being once known, was for ever to be obeyed, because His commands were equitable and right, and from whom such as learned His will, and followed the path of obedience, had nothing to fear, but everything to hope. It has been supposed that the doctrine of God's decrees would repel men, and drive them into infidelity. For Him the change between the "to-day" of His earthly life and the " for ever" of His ascended glory made no change in the tenderness of His heart, the sweetness of His smile, the nearness of His helping hand.(A. We know that the texture of light is unaltered, because the analysis of a ray, which has just reached us from some distant star, whence it started as Adam stepped across the threshold of Eden, is of precisely the same nature as the analysis of the ray of light now striking on this page. "Jesus Christ is the same to-day." Now, believer, apply the simple figure. Nor is there any change in the great moral attributes which form the basis of the Divine character — justice, and truth, and love. "I write no new commandment unto you"; I preach no new Christ unto you. Hamilton, D. D.Earthly friends are apt to change, and if they do not change they die. Effectually in His grace and mercy. He lives, and in Him all loves and companionships live unchanged.III. the world. Yesterday the children were like olive plants round about the table — to-day one is not, another withers in the place that still knows him, and others are transplanted to a foreign soil. Yesterday He took the little one up in arms laid his hands upon them, and blessed them. He came here, not to stay, but to return. But sin cannot change Christ's heart, though it may affect His behaviour. Here are changes, grand, stupendous, unimaginable. Hamilton, D. D.)Experiences may change, but not ChristG. we telling others about Him? )Jesus always the sameT. He lives, and in Him all loves and companionships live unchanged.III. When our impatience has been tamed, and our impetuosity has become subdued; when we have learned to distrust ourselves, and wish for an immutable goodness on which to stay; when we have learned to distrust the world, to look away from things and circumstances; after we have felt weariness and disappointment, we grow to value quiet. Follow for a moment THE SUGGESTIONS OF TRUE CONTEXT; remember those who exercised a blessed, loving, wise " rule " over you, who " spake to you the Word of God," pastors, parents, friends; those who first interpreted to you your soul's yearning and restlessness, and pointed you to Christ for rest; the true and trusty ones who warned you against your dangers, and helped you in your temptations, and solaced you in your griefs; who seemed to read your life, and could speak the very words you needed. All rights reserved. His hand is the same — strong even to almightiness. He came here, not to stay, but to return. Yesterday Jesus Christ did all this — and what of to-day? God's unchangeableness was taught, also, as opposed to the caprice of heathen divinities. 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. And what say you of His love? Then to-day let us boldly confess Him. Still, too, He assures His disciples, "I will come again." Yesterday the children were like olive plants round about the table — to-day one is not, another withers in the place that still knows him, and others are transplanted to a foreign soil. 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. New they will be, but they will not be strange; the changes will but illustrate the unchangeable. Yesterday that work was His. To-day I This is the favourable time — this is the day of Jesus Christ's salvation. WHEREIN WE SHOULD IMITATE THESE PATTERNS. "Well, I rather think he was asking for you, but I cannot be very sure. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Hebrews 13:8 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources. "He hath an unchangeable priesthood." Intro: This precious verse showcases the often neglected, but very vital doctrine of the "immutability" of God. And this is not an hypothesis. Yesterday lies consecrated in memory; to-morrow, radiant in hope; but to-day is poverty-stricken and prose. Through the ages He gives humanity new life, transforming man's hearts, changing men's wills and men's lives, working a work in man's souls analogous to that which here below He wrought in their bodies when He healed men's leprosies, delivered men possessed of devils, raised men who had passed into the grasp of death. "What gross absurdity! " Nor is there any change in the great moral attributes which form the basis of the Divine character — justice, and truth, and love. 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