Jesus Christ is [eternally changeless, always] the same yesterday and today and forever
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Two translations of the one statement. Two translations of the one verse in scripture/the bible.
Let’s break this down:
Firstly: Jesus Christ. Jesus is the man. Christ is God.
The Holy Spirit of the triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) descended on Jesus the man (Matt. 3/6) – He, by so doing, testified or revealed, or manifested to the inhabitants of this world – that Jesus (born of a virgin) – was the Only Begotten Son of The Living God – God manifest in the flesh – in a body prepared by God in a virgin’s womb — without a male/man’s intervention or involvement.
Some saw this clearly – others didn’t. And it remains the same to this day.
Jesus being formed within the womb of this virgin by the hand of God – was without sin, having been formed fearfully and wonderfully by God the Father.
(speaking of the Psalmist but surely of all humankind). We read:
For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvellous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret…
This meant that Jesus had a human spirit like every other man. But joined to that human spirit was God The Son, as in the Person who dwelt with God in the eternal realm, before He came to earth – i.e. eternally dwelling in the heaven of heavens – not yet as (or in the form of) a man.
16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
It was necessary that The Son of God allowed Himself to be clothed in a male body – which was formed in Mary’s womb. A body that God had prepared for Him.
Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me.
The reason for this was that God’s Perfect plan of salvation from sin – be thus brought to a lost and dying race of perishable human beings.
Jesus said: He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
God (amongst all the other profound reasons), wanted to show Himself in a way that mankind could take in, and understand.
His mighty Presence shone through the Person of His Only Begotten Son in thought word and deed.
Manifesting His Glory in wisdom, miracles, authority and power with healing virtue and transformational influence upon the body soul and spirit of men and women, giving the Revelation of His Word for our constant guidance.
(Amp.) John 1/
18 No one has seen God [His essence, His divine nature] at any time; the [One and] only begotten God [that is, the unique Son] who is in the intimate presence of the Father, He has explained Him [and interpreted and revealed the awesome wonder of the Father].
God’s sinless and holy-loving nature will never change. To encounter Him in a Salvation experience, is to encounter the divine Son. And the nature mankind was born with can only fall in brokenness before Him with whom we have to do – if we are seeking Him, in the first place.
Those who will stubbornly refuse to seek Him, are likened to goats separated from the sheep on the day of judgement. (Matthew 35/22).
God’s Word will not change, God’s nature will not change, God’s ways will not change, God’s love will not change, God’s judgement will not change – He has done all things well.
15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve,…But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”