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The Solitariness of God

The Solitariness of God

“In the beginning, God” (Gen 1:1).  There was a time, if “time” it could be called, when God, in the unity of His nature (though subsisting equally in three Divine Persons), dwelt all alone.  “In the beginning, God.”  There was no heaven, where His glory is not particularly manifested.  There was no earth to engage His attention.  There were no angels to hymn His praises; no universe to be upheld by the world of His power.  There was nothing, no one, but God; and that, not for a day, a year, or an age, but “from everlasting.”  During a past eternity, God was alone; self-contained, self sufficient, self-satisfied; in need of nothing.  Had a universe, had angels, had human beings been necessary to Him any way, there also had been called into existence from all eternity.  The creating of them when He did, added nothing to God essentially.  He changes not (Mal. 3:6), therefore His essential glory can be neither augmented nor diminished.

God was under no constraint, no obligation, no necessity to create.  That He chose to do so was purely a sovereign act on His part, caused by nothing outside Himself, determined by nothing but His own mere good pleasure; for He “worketh all things after the counsel of His own will” (Eph. 1:11).  That He did create was simply for His manifestative glory.  Do some of our readers imagine that we have gone beyond what Scripture warrants?  Then our appeal shall be to the Law and the Testimony; “Stand up and bless the Lord your God forever and ever; and blessed be Thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise (Neh. 9:5).  God is no gainer even from our worship.  His was in no need of that external glory of His grace which arises from His redeemed, for He is glorious enough in Himself without that.  What was it that moved Him to predestinate His elect to the praise of the Glory of His grace?  It was, as Eph. 1:5 tells us, “according to the good pleasure of His will.”

(Pink, The Attributes of God, p. 9-10)

The Immutability of God

The Immutability of God

Immutability is one of the Divine perfections which is not sufficiently pondered.  It is one of the excellencies of the Creator which distinguishes Him from all His creatures.  God is perpetually the same; subject to no change in His being, attributes, or determinations.  Therefore God is compared to a rock (Deut. 32:4, etc.) which remains immovable, when the entire ocean surrounding it is continually in a fluctuating state; even so, thought all creatures are subject to change, God is immutable.  Because God has no beginning and no ending, He can know no change.  He is everlasting “the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17).

First, God is immutable in His essence.  His nature and being are infinite, and so subject to no mutations.  There never was a time when He was not; there never will come a time when He shall cease to be.  God has neither evolved, grown, nor improved.  All that He is today, He has ever been, and ever will be.  “I am the Lord, I change not” (Mal. 3:6) is His own unqualified affirmation.  He cannot change for the better, for He is already perfect; and being perfect, He cannot change for the worse.

Second, God is immutable in His attributes.  Whatever the attributes of God were before the universe was called into existence, they are precisely the same now, and will remain so forever.  Semper idem (always the same) is written across every one of them.  His power is unabated, His wisdom undiminished, His holiness unsullied.  The attributes of God can no more change than Deity can cease to be. His veracity is immutable, for His Word is “forever settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89).

(Pink, The Attributes of God, 37-38)