The Trinity – Faithfulness or Unchangeableness

FAITHFULNESS OR UNCHANGEABLENESS is a moral attribute of the Godhead: 7:9; Ps. 102:25-27; Lam. 3:23; Mal. 3:6; I Co. 1:9; 10:13; II Tim. 2:13; He. 13:8; Jas. 1:17; I Pe. 4:19; Re. 1:5-6; 5:9-10.

When it is said that the Godhead are faithful or unchangeable, it is intended that the Triune Personalities of the Godhead have always maintained, and will always maintain, a voluntary disposition of impartial good-will toward all moral beings. Or, we may say that “God is love” in essential moral character, always has been in a state of love, and always will be in a state of love. Because of this absolute stability, we may have perfect confidence that the Godhead will always deal righteously, will always be merciful when possible, will always exercise wisdom in all actions, and will always be perfectly truthful in all manifestations.

In moral character, therefore, the Triune Godhead are absolutely committed to a state of perfect love, without the slightest interruption. Thus Moses could write: “The Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God” (De. 7:9). The Psalmist could say: “Thou art the same, and Thy years will not come to an end” (Ps. 102:27). Jeremiah could extol God in the words: “Great is Thy faithfulness” (Lam. 3:23). Malachi could quote God as saying: “I, the Lord, do not change” (Mal. 3:6). Paul could confidently affirm: “God is faithful,” and “He remains faithful” (I Co. 10:13; II Tim. 2:13). In Hebrews it could be declared: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever” (He. 3:8). James not only could say, “with whom there is no variation,” but also, “or shifting shadow (or shadow cast by turning)” (Jas. 1:17). Peter admonished his fellow Christians to “entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right” (I Pe. 4:19). This perfectly virtuous and uninterrupted conduct of the Godhead form the foundation of the heavenly chorus. It is in heaven where every superlative will be heralded as God’s holy will is done in every iota: “To Him who loves us, and released us from our sins by His blood, and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father; to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen” (Re. 1:5-6). Worthy art Thou to take the book, and to break its seals; for Thou wast slain, and didst purchase for God with Thy blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. And Thou hast made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth” (Re. 5:9-10). “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come” (Re. 4:8).’

Source: Gordon Olson, The Truth Shall Make You Free, The Truth About The Nature and Character of God, p 37 (Illinois, Bible Research Fellowship Inc., 1980)

Watch Gordon C. Olson explain this:

 Source: my youtube channel (check for primary source and more videos by Gordon C. Olson).


Read also “God is True and Faithful” by Christopher Fisher.

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