Social Justice Project #23

The Attributes of God and Justice

Part 2: Immutability

God possesses attributes which are characterized in two categories: incommunicable and communicable. Those attributes which are incommunicable are those that He holds uniquely to Himself and does not share to any degree with human beings. An attribute which is communicable is one that God possesses and exemplifies but is also one which humanity can possess to a degree.

Immutability is one of God’s incommunicable attributes, one that He does not share with His human creation. This attribute means that God does not change. “Every generous act and every perfect gift is from about, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning” (James 1:17, HCSB). God does not change in terms of His being or His purposes.

God’s standard of justice does not change from generation to generation as human standards and laws change. Nor has He changed how He acts in love, mercy, and grace to His creation. God’s unchangeable nature means that He will deal fairly with all. Also, we can have assurance that God will right the wrongs committed against His people, either in this life or at the end of history, when He judges all human beings.

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