Is God the same yesterday, today and tomorrow?


Is God the same yesterday, today and tomorrow?

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Questions Answered

Pastor Steven Birnie

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“I was challenged by a friend who said to me – “how can God be the same yesterday, today and tomorrow when in the Old Testament, people were stoned and killed for sins and then in the New Testament it’s all different, doesn’t that mean he isn’t the same as he’s always been?”. What would be the best response?”

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This question is actually a bit of ‘old chestnut’ in that most Christians can be challenged by this well-known verse as part of growing in the Lord and the answers are quite easy when you begin to have a broader knowledge of God’s Word as a whole. So to keep this vast subject extremely simple by saying God hasn’t changed, only his promised agreement with mankind has changed toward one of the major subjects of God’s Word, the punishment of sin. In the old sin had to be punished, in the new, sin has to be punished, God still hates sin (but loves the sinner) but a price must be paid to satisfy God’s anger against sin even today. Punishment in the old was quite severe through the law, the children of Israel were to be an example to the nations of God’s righteousness and even today, any Christian will tell you, sometimes we are made an example of too, through suffering and persecution.

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The Children of Israel could give a substitute to satisfy God’s anger against sin by the blood of a sacrificed animal which would cover their sin but this was always just a foreshadow of a great sacrifice to come, God sending his only son to take the punishment for the sins of the whole world. Animal sacrifices could only cover sin, Christ’s sacrifice could take it away altogether so God gave his son to pay that sin penalty. Sin still has a penalty today but today, that penalty has been paid in full for my sins and your sins yesterday, today and tomorrow by Jesus satisfying God’s wrath against sin itself. 

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So hopefully you can see by one of the most major subjects of God’s Word that God hasn’t changed, like I said he still hates sin but because of Jesus Christ, that agreement with God has now changed in that instead of the blood of animals, we can have complete forgiveness and reconciliation to God through putting our faith in his son Jesus Christ. I’ve written this response in such a way so you can find out the answers more fully for yourself in God’s Word however a simple response would be, that God hasn’t changed, his agreement between himself and mankind has, the punishment of sin is still required but in the New Testament Christians live in, that punishment has been eternally paid by the sacrifice of Christ. I hope this answers your question and stirred up a little desire to consider the above.

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God bless

Pastor Steven Birnie

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About Pastor Steven

Steven Birnie is a former local Church Minister and the author of Christian publications which include non-fiction, fictional and teaching eBooks with audio sermons. From the north-east coast of Scotland, Pastor Steven is married to Sharon and together, they have two young children called Emily and David. After seven years of training, three years of overseeing youth and young adults and, three years of being the Assistant Pastor in his local Church, Pastor Steven moved on to focus on writing Christian Publications. In the future, he hopes to open a Christian Children’s Home in his home town and write The Tribulation Soldier, his newest Series of Fictional, Military EBooks on the End Times, the Rapture and the Tribulation Period, as a 2.5 Million Word Series. But despite continuing pastoral work and writing, Steven remains devoted to his children, enjoying his family life with caravan holidays in the Highlands, fishing, canoeing and his favourite pastime, riding his motorbike through the Scottish countryside.