The Application of the Principles and Precepts of Godís Character are a privilege and responsibility in living the Christ like life.

Unit 4h    Immutability   

 

THE  APPLICATION  OF GOD'S  CHARACTER ATTRIBUTES

The Application of the Principles and Precepts of Godís Character are a privilege and responsibility in living the Christ like life.

We are now going to consider: the principles and precepts that come from the nature and character of God. They constitute the doctrine of the church.  Every true doctrine is in harmony with God's attributes and so carry responsibilities to which we must answer to God. 

The knowledge and application of these will enable you to make choices and decisions in the known will of God, keeping you in the place of His blessing. They reflect His nature and character bringing you in His image and likeness, revealing Him to the world around you.   

Our study and meditation will be in each of the following areas.  

Principles: what we are to do. 

The laws or rules for establishing the source of action expected by God.  They will be in harmony with God's attributes as they are derived from them, unless they are the principles of sin which are derived from Satan.   


Precepts:
how to carry out the principle
.  

The method of operation or way we demonstrate or hold to the principle involved in our position or action we take. These come out of the action of God in the Old Testament and the life of Jesus Christ in the New Testament.    

 

Our Responsibilities: our Duties to God and man.  

Our obligation to respond to God and others by His standards and values and not ours or the world's.

 

 

 

We will look at each of the following areas as they apply....

 

To God  (personally)

           

To Others (neighbors)

 

At Home (family)

 

In the Local Church  (God's local family)

 

To Others in Christ everywhere  (God's extended family)

To or in Government (collectively or individually)   

 

 

Syllabus for Applying the Principle of Immutability.  

Record of achievement  

Started   /    /       Goal for finish    /     /  

Summaries,  Syllabus Questions  &  Self test sent in     /    /  

Returned with Grade report   /     /    Unit test  sent in    /    /      

Assignment.   Started   /    /    Finished & sent in.   /     /         

 

1. Assignment:  Look up all references given, and summarize them.

Send in your summaries and self test when finished as well as any questions you may have.  It will be evaluated and returned with answers to questions.  For faster service use E-Mail 

We must remember that we were made to be in the image and likeness of God, therefore we are to take on His character and live by His standards and not yours or the worlds. 

Remember every true Biblical Doctrine is in harmony with the nature and character of God.

See what you can learn of Godís ill for you in this unit.   

 

2. Assignment: For the application of what you have studied in this unit.  

(A) After doing this study consider the promises [commitments] you have made to others in the past month, and list any that have not been fulfilled.  

(B) Make that list your priorities to complete before any other commitments are made.  

 

                                                                                                          Unit 4h

    
 
APPLYING THE PRINCIPLE OF IMMUTABILITY

 

The PRINCIPLE of Immutability is one of the character attributes of God.  Therefore, He is unchanging in His nature and  character as well in His word.  It is the source of His integrity, making God consistent in His standards and values as well as in His actions therefore, He is faithful.  Praise God we can count on Him and His promises.            

"God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?  Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it."  Num. 23:19-20  

              Consider: 1 Kings 8:56;  Mal. 3:6;  Heb. 6:13-20  

 

The PRECEPT of Immutability is Abiding (consistency in living and holding to our word) this is our greatest spiritual battle. 

"If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.  Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.  Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?  Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.  Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake."   John 14:7-11

         Consider: John 13:1, 17:11-12,15;  Heb. 7:22-25, 13:5-6  

 

God's immutability is the source of our peace and security.  For He is the only covenant keeper. Our relationship and future with Him, through His Son, by the Holy Spirit, and His word, is the only surety we have.  

  "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.  For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.  And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.  And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day."  John 6:37-40   

         Consider: Eph. 1:13-14, 4:30;  1 John 4:13-15  

 

The RESPONSIBILITY of immutability is Faithfulness accomplished by resolve to be committed to fulfill our word.  To be single-minded in regard to our relationship to Christ and His Word. 

Keep in mind: Our responsibilities are our opportunities to manifest God living in us.


TO GOD
(personal)

"The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our fathers: let him not leave us, nor forsake us:  That he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, which he commanded our fathers."   1 Kings 8:57-58  

              Consider: Mat. 6:24;  Luke 11:23;  John 10:27-30, 15:1-11
 

Abiding in Christ is living a consistent life , motivated by our love commitment to give Him the life He aid for, so He can live our lives for us.    

"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." Gal. 2:20  

        Consider: 2 Cor. 5:14-17   

 


TO OTHERS.  

"Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:  Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. yes" 2 Cor. 3:2-3

Consider: 1 Pet. 3:15;  James 3:13

 
IN THE HOME.

"Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.  Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.  Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Eph. 5:21-27

THE LOCAL CHURCH.

                   "Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel."  Philip. 5:21-27

                   Consider: Acts 2:42,46-47, Phil.2:2-5, Heb. 10:21-25
 

TO ALL OTHERS IN THE EXTENDED FAMILY OF GOD 

                   "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." 1 John 1_7
   

       
As brothers and sisters in the family of God.

"Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.  For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,"   Eph.  2:19-3:1 

        Consider: Heb. 2:10-13, 1 John 5:1  

IN GOVERNMENT To keep it's covenants (individually and collectively)   

"And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?  Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?"   2 Chron. 20:7-7  

             Consider: 1 Kings 8:57-62, 2 Chr. 7:14  

 

Self test: on Applying the Principle of immutability. 

These questions are more than an academic quiz, they help you think through the facts you have  learned, so that you can form convictions as to the will of God for your life.  Remember meditation on Godís Word is the key to gaining wisdom, and only when it is applied in your life are you assured of being in the will of God and the place of His blessing.


Things to Consider:  

Q1.  What is at stake if God was to give up His immutability?  

Q2.  In what ways did God assure us of His immutability?

Q3.  In what ways can we demonstrate our faith in God's immutability?  

Q4.  In what ways can you demonstrate the precept of immutability to others?  

Q5.  In government (individually or collectively) Just as sure as God's eyes and ears strained to see and hear Israel repent of their inconsistent lives   individually and as a nation, so also does Jesus Christ for His church, and our nation that has taken His name. In the light of the principle of immutability, what should our response to 2 Chron 7:14 be?

You are now ready to study The Family of God  Unit 5

May your decisions bring you the promise Romans 8:28   ď And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.Ē   
Your friend in Christ Warren T. Smith

 

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