THE WORDS "FOR EVER" FALL STRANGELY ON OUR EARS; THE SOLEMN FUTURE IS UNKNOWN AND UNIMAGINABLE. unchanging One, let me change from day to day, until I gain Thine image and reach Thy presence!" The one thing of which anticipation may be sure is that nothing continues in one stay. "Look up man! "He shall reign for ever and ever." The longing for rest, the desire for what is stable and unchanging — THIS IS OUR DEEPEST WANT; IT STRENGTHENS IN US AS WE GROW OLDER, WISER, BETTER MEN. Difficulties will not daunt you, for He is the unchanging Helper. Martin.Employing the word "yesterday" to represent past time in general, we ask, who beside Jesus Christ is the same to-day as yesterday? The moon is at full, and shining in more than ordinary silver brightness. "He hath an unchangeable priesthood." Cutting.It is a beautiful moonlight night. 4. In the world to come there may be further dispensations, each fulfilling a thought, and all illustrating the mighty being, of God. We are no real followers of any Christian leader unless we do this. dear good man, he is safe in Abraham's bosom. To-day I This is the favourable time — this is the day of Jesus Christ's salvation. Notice the ninth verse: "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever. God's changeful providence comes into all our lives, and parts dear ones, making their places empty that Christ Himself may fill the empty places, and, striking away other props, though the tendrils that twine round them bleed with the wrench, in order that the plant may no longer trail along the ground, but twine itself round the Cross and climb to the Christ upon the throne. It has been supposed that the doctrine of God's decrees would repel men, and drive them into infidelity. LET ME SPEAK TO YOU PERSONALLY OF THE UNCHANGING SAVIOUR. We want to feel that though there are endless variations in goodness and justice, and endless degrees of these things in the Divine mind, yet there is nothing there that traverses justice or good, or that changes these qualities, making that which is evil and unjust in this age just and good in the next age. I ask you to think of THE RELATION BETWEEN THE UNCHANGING CHRIST AND THE DYING HELPERS. We want to feel that though there are endless variations in goodness and justice, and endless degrees of these things in the Divine mind, yet there is nothing there that traverses justice or good, or that changes these qualities, making that which is evil and unjust in this age just and good in the next age. He cannot deny Himself.II. Following Godly Leadership (Hebrews Sermon 70 of 74) Hebrews 13:7-9. They should be like those described in the text. New they will be, but they will not be strange; the changes will but illustrate the unchangeable.IV. We are always tempted to think that this moment is commonplace and insignificant. It is best to see the verse as transitional, connecting to both v. 7 and 9, stating the object of the former leaders’ faith and the grounds for the exhortation in v. 9. Eighteen centuries ago it was said of Him that "He manifested forth His glory." He has got other things to occupy his thoughts since you and he were wont to meet." He gave Himself to it in the beginning; undertook it when man fell; made ready for His advent during four thousand years; came in the fulness of time. He will not be unknown; He will be recognised who quickened, and guided, and sustained us, who was the steadfastness and identity of our passing earthly life. Maclaren, D. D.)Yesterday and to-dayS. It had been so in the history of this world; they themselves were living in the end of one dispensation, the old world passing away; a new world, another age, was immediately commencing. Cutting. Their exemplary edifying conversation was now at an end. Words had come to them from the heavens of old, obscurely referring to at least one other dispensation that had accomplished itself before man was created. When a pupil is learning his art, he is set to copy a picture of his master — to imitate that picture, and reproduce it if he can; and in order to do this he must keep carefully looking to it, keeping it ever before him. Without revelation, without even the fixed data which science affords, men formed ideal images and called them God. The text is a declaration of the immutability of Jesus Christ, and so takes for granted His divinity. God's changeful providence comes into all our lives, and parts dear ones, making their places empty that Christ Himself may fill the empty places, and, striking away other props, though the tendrils that twine round them bleed with the wrench, in order that the plant may no longer trail along the ground, but twine itself round the Cross and climb to the Christ upon the throne. LET ME SPEAK TO YOU PERSONALLY OF THE UNCHANGING SAVIOUR. "Of His kingdom there shall be no end." However, One there is who wears our nature, but is not liable to the variations of mortality. That which was love in the beginning, is love now, and will be love for evermore. On the contrary, it draws men. It is the condition of the well that reflects her that has changed." There will be more familiarity than strangeness there, for " Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you. His hand is the same — strong even to almightiness. A change in the condition of the Church doth not argue any change in the attributes of God. The sky is furthest away from us right over our heads; behind and in front it seems to touch the earth. You need not fear temptation, for His is an unchanging succour. unchanging One, let me change from day to day, until I gain Thine image and reach Thy presence!" THE WORDS "FOR EVER" FALL STRANGELY ON OUR EARS; THE SOLEMN FUTURE IS UNKNOWN AND UNIMAGINABLE. Jesus Christ is the same in His influence upon those who believe in Him. "Again a new commandment I write unto you," and every generation will find new impulse, new teaching, new shaping energies, social and individual, ecclesiastical, theological, intellectual, in the old Christ who was crucified for our offences and raised again for our justification, and remains "the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever."IV. A Christian minister must be a guide to his flock. When a visitor comes from a foreign land where you once sojourned, you ask eagerly about the different acquaintances you once had there. Let the fleeting proclaim to you the permanent; let the world with its revolutions lead you up to the thought of Him that is the same for ever. must we ever be restless? I apply these words as a New Year's motto, in two or three different directions, and ask you to consider, first, THE UNCHANGING CHRIST IN HIS RELATION TO OUR CHANGEFUL LIVES. The humanity of Jesus Christ is in all its essential features the same. It means an end accompanied with, and consisting in, an escape or deliverance from the trials and temptations to which they were exposed. You will observe that it is not of a thing that is the same, nor even of a truth conceived to be the same, that our text speaks, BUT OF A PERSON WHO IS THE SAME. dear good man, he is safe in Abraham's bosom. 1. To Stephen, to Paul, to John, to the Seven Churches. "Jesus Christ is the same to-day." He will not be unknown; He will be recognised who quickened, and guided, and sustained us, who was the steadfastness and identity of our passing earthly life. Remember them that had the rule over you, men that spake unto you the word of God; and considering the issue of their life, imitate their faith. These things constitute being and character, and these in Him are without change.(A. 3. Sin will not overmaster you, nor guilt drive you to despair; for He whose blood first cleansed you will cleanse you still, and the ear into which you breathed your first penitence is listening still for your repentant prayer. THE SAME TEACHER. 2. unchanging One, let me change from day to day, until I gain Thine image and reach Thy presence!" But the question tarries only for a second. Nor is there any change in the essential purposes of God's moral government. Let it go; Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever. But a coming rest is not all we ask; is life all to be weary and changing? The text is a declaration of the immutability of Jesus Christ, and so takes for granted His divinity. In all respects, and in all aspects, Jesus Christ is " the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." Yesterday lies consecrated in memory; to-morrow, radiant in hope; but to-day is poverty-stricken and prose. Mackennal, D. D.)The immutability of GodH. You will observe that it is not of a thing that is the same, nor even of a truth conceived to be the same, that our text speaks, BUT OF A PERSON WHO IS THE SAME. Martin.Employing the word "yesterday" to represent past time in general, we ask, who beside Jesus Christ is the same to-day as yesterday? We ought to follow their faith, that is, imitate them in their steadfastness in the profession of the faith which they preached, and, like them, be faithful unto the death. Cutting. I believe he has the same kind heart as ever; but he has not in his power to show it as he was used to do." Subjectively, in His power the same; and that(1)Yesterday, for He made the world;(2)To-day, for He governs the world;(3)For ever, for He shall judge the world.3. However, One there is who wears our nature, but is not liable to the variations of mortality. The same constitution of things holds in the higher sphere of man's moral progress and religious life. As opposed to such a view of God, a creature of fancy, that changed with all the moods of the imagination, God was declared to be unchangeable. It has been supposed that the doctrine of God's decrees would repel men, and drive them into infidelity. He will not be unknown; He will be recognised who quickened, and guided, and sustained us, who was the steadfastness and identity of our passing earthly life. For change there means progress, and the more the human embodiments of Christian truth disintegrate, the more distinctly does the solemn unique figure of Christ the same rise before us. )The changelessness of ChristA. Without revelation, without even the fixed data which science affords, men formed ideal images and called them God. The "for ever" of my text is not to be limited to this present life, but it runs on into the remotest future and boundless prospect of an eternal unfolding and reception of new beauties in the old earthly Christ. We need not fear change within the limits of His Church or of His world. Let us renew our confidence. But the time shall never come when it can be said of Jesus, His hand is shortened that it cannot save. The sky is furthest away from us right over our heads; behind and in front it seems to touch the earth. )The unchanging ChristA. 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