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Jesus Christ-The Same Yesterday-Today-&-Forever

      “JESUS CHRIST, THE SAME YESTERDAY,

  AND TODAY, AND FOREVER.”

{Hebrews 13: 8}

 

Just as the Holy Spirit inspired the Word of God to be written, he also inspired the placement of Scripture.

 

This is why it is so important that one look at how and where scripture is placed.  For             example, “Jesus Christ,  the same yesterday,  and today,  and forever.”

 

So often this particular verse of Scripture is quoted by itself, with no regard to the context in which it is placed. 

 

This is done, largely, to give credence to a particular theology.  Many,  so called,  faith healers use it to show their belief that because Jesus healed during His life on earth, and because He remains the same, the miracles of healing are still in vogue.  

 

It is used by them as a  “proof text.” Others use it in the same general sense to buttress their theology of  “speaking in tongues.”

 

These subjects are dealt with in other portions of Scripture.  I only mention them here to show how Scripture may be easily taken out of context.

 

Let us consider the verse a little closer. Was there no change in Jesus while he was here on earth?  He was born as a baby and grew, increasing in wisdom and stature.  {Luke 2: 52}.

 

In the Old Testament Jesus appeared many times as the Angel of God or as the Son of Man.   {Daniel 3: 25.}  

 

Was there no change from the time of Daniel to the time He is portrayed as the suffering servant in the gospels?

 

What about the resurrected Jesus?  Surely he appeared different then. {John 20: 14, 21: 4,  Luke 24: 36.} 

 

Was there no change in Jesus after He was glorified ?  {John 20: 17} 

 

What about the picture we get of Jesus in the book of Revelation where He is shown as one who reigns?  {Revelation  4: 2–3  and 5:1}.

 

Assuredly we should conclude, from all of these, that there have been changes in Jesus throughout the ages.  Notice what immediately follows Verse 8 of the title for this article..

 

“Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines”. {Verse  9.}

 

It would appear from the context that the primary reason {and application} Paul placed Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and forever in this particular place in the scripture, was to show that His office has never changed.  

 

His discharge of that office has never and will never change.  In His Divine Person He is eternal.  In Revelation 1: 22 He asserts He is the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last. In Hebrews 12: 3 He is shown to be author and finisher of our faith.

 

Because Jesus Christ is the same always, do not be carried about with divers and strange doctrines  {Hebrews 13: 9}.  In Ephesians 4: 13 –14}, Paul urges that we all come together in the unity of the faith.  "That we henceforth be no more children tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine. . . ."   

This would appear to be the purpose for which Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, inserted this statement about Jesus at this point.

 

His doctrine {teachings} never changes.

 

No new innovations, or novelties, as we see throughout the realm of Christianity in our day.

 

No new revelations.

 

No change.

 

God has spoken in these last days by His Son. (Hebrews 1: 2}. 

 

What Jesus spoke around 2000 years ago remains the same and is as true today as it was then.

 

                 Just something to think about.

 

Al Russ

April 2002