is the astonished rejoinder of his companion. You need not fear temptation, for His is an unchanging succour. Yesterday our fathers and our mothers were young, and hale, and strong — to-day they lean towards the earth like half-felled trees, or they lie prostrate as trees wholly cut down. Yesterday the children were like olive plants round about the table — to-day one is not, another withers in the place that still knows him, and others are transplanted to a foreign soil. Comp. Man's systems are the shadows on the hillside. In common things we soon grow wearied of sameness, and the whole earthly system of things is founded on the principle of variety and change. LET ME SPEAK TO YOU PERSONALLY OF THE UNCHANGING SAVIOUR. You might as well say that the laws of nature are repulsive, as to say that God's decrees are so. The text is a declaration of the immutability of Jesus Christ, and so takes for granted His divinity. The kind and benevolent affections of Jesus are the same, yesterday, to-day, and for ever. Much in the popular conception of Christianity is in the act of passing. Truest companion, trustiest guide; He who "laid down His life for His friends"; Jesus Christ is " the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever.". But the time shall never come when it can be said of Jesus, His hand is shortened that it cannot save. Death has no terror for you, and the endless ages will not see you shaken; for He is " the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." Will He fulfil these words? W. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever.(J. 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. Beecher. There will be more familiarity than strangeness there, for " Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." Nor is there any change in the essential purposes of God's moral government. Then let us with all our heart confide in Him to-day. Nor is there any change in the essential purposes of God's moral government. "And yet many hearts thrill with a sacred joy on hearing the words, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." "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. He has made great promises to His disciples. Difficulties will not daunt you, for He is the unchanging Helper. I ask you to think of THE RELATION BETWEEN THE UNCHANGING CHRIST AND THE DYING HELPERS. Guthrie, D. D.)Christ does not changeJ. A change in the condition of the Church doth not argue any change in the attributes of God. When there is no allowance of evil the blessed Spirit of God takes of the glories and preciousness of Christ, and reveals them to you for your comfort and joy. Adams. WHAT IT IMPLIES. the moon hasn't changed one jot or tittle. He lives, and in Him all loves and companionships live unchanged.III. Raleigh, D. D.)The unchanging ChristA. Amidst the flux of things, the flow of events, the heart rests on one unchanging friend. Well is it for you who trust in Christ. That which was love in the beginning, is love now, and will be love for evermore. When there is no allowance of evil the blessed Spirit of God takes of the glories and preciousness of Christ, and reveals them to you for your comfort and joy. How comes it that when we are pleased and profited by variety everywhere else, we are conscious of a sublime satisfaction in finding fixedness here? dear good man, he is safe in Abraham's bosom. The text divides up into the following sections: 13:7 A new discourse unit begins with v. 7 with the command to “remember your leaders.” Three times in this chapter the author refers to the “leaders” of the church: Heb 13:7, 17, 24. 17, 24. Yesterday that work was His. Who so likely to deliver the faith and doctrine of Christ pure, as the primitive teachers of it, who received it from our Lord Himself; and were, by an extraordinary assistance of the Holy Spirit, secured from error and mistake in the delivery of it? Well is it for you who trust in Christ. Yesterday that work was His. Nor is there any change in the great moral attributes which form the basis of the Divine character — justice, and truth, and love. The deep reality of life abides the same; Jesus Christ the same to-day as yesterday.III. Mackennal, D. D.I. W. Beecher.The unchangeableness of God was taught originally as contrasted with the ever changing views entertained when poets, and mythists, and theologists of antiquity were accustomed to weave just such fancies as they pleased, and twine them about an imaginary God, changing to-day the imaginings of yesterday, as one twines every day fresh flowers about some statue. Our text speaks of One who is even now unchanging. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. Cutting. And with the changes to which men are subject is associated mutation, which, like waves flowing over sand, affects the condition and appearance of all things. Death, or separation, or mutual alienation and distrust put an end to their guidance. Let it go; Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever. Let us give everything up to Him, ourselves and our all. They were accustomed to look on God's purpose in the universe as unfolding itself in a series of aeons or dispensations. He is not, as men are, changed by time. 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. What changes need we now fear? From the caution after our text, "Be not carried about with diverse and strange doctrines," it would appear that there were some who endeavoured to turn the Hebrews aside from that purity and simplicity of the gospel which their deceased pastors had inculcated. 13:12 Verse 12 is introduced by the inferential conjunction dio, “and so,” introducing the result or conclusion to be drawn from v. 11. His eye is the same — bright as a flame of fire, and strong enough to view all things, whether great or small. "Your old neighbour? Order requires God, who intends to save you, to employ those means, which are most likely to conduct you to salvation, or, if you refuse to profit by them, to harden you under them. In fact, He is not the same yesterday and to-day in the forms and aspects of His existence. A man is gazing intently down a deep, still well, where he sees the moon reflected, and thus remarks to a friendly bystander: "How beautifully fair and round she is to-night! Again the thought of the immutable One bears up out of the confusion of changing things. Cutting.It is a beautiful moonlight night. 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. But when your heart is thus all unrest, need I ask, Has Christ's work changed? 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. His unchangeableness was also taught as opposed to any change of dynasties. Much in the popular conception of Christianity is in the act of passing. Last Raps (Hebrews 13:7-23) 1. Behind all changes in nature we press to unchanging power and law, and feel that these can reside only in an unchanging God. However any may be able. how quietly and majestically she rides along 1" He has just finished speaking, when suddenly his friend drops a small pebble into the well, and he now exclaims, "Why the moon is all broken to shivers, and the fragments are shaking together in the greatest disorder!" And you to whom all your life long He has "stretched out His hands"; you who have still rejected Him, you to whom a Christian life has long seemed only a dream in memory, a possibility left far behind; to you too He is still the same. II. "He hath an unchangeable priesthood." His eye is the same — bright as a flame of fire, and strong enough to view all things, whether great or small. Hamilton, D. D.Earthly friends are apt to change, and if they do not change they die. Are they not thirsting for change " from glory to glory, as by the Spirit of the Lord? But when your heart is thus all unrest, need I ask, Has Christ's work changed? "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. 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. That language can only have reference to a Divine Being, and it can only he with regard to His Divine qualities that Jesus Christ can be said to be immutable. "He continueth ever." "Jesus Christ is the same to-day." Sorrow cannot long dim your eyes, for He is the unchanging Comforter. Yesterday lies consecrated in memory; to-morrow, radiant in hope; but to-day is poverty-stricken and prose. Hebrews 13:7 - Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. Jesus Christ is the Same Yesterday and Today and Forever (Hebrews 13:8) Hebrews 13:9-10. Sorrow cannot long dim your eyes, for He is the unchanging Comforter. God saw the end from the beginning; He follows a plan eternally ordained, and the whole vast administration of creation is carried on in pursuance of certain great fixed ideas. His sameness is consistent with an infinite unfolding of new preciousness and new powers, as new generations with new questions arise, and the world seeks for fresh guidance. Blessed are they who, in a world of passing phenomena, penetrate to the still centre of rest, and looking over all the vacillations of the things that can be shaken, can turn to the Christ and say, Thou who movest all things art Thyself unmoved; Thou who changest all things, Thyself changest not. 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. Death has no terror for you, and the endless ages will not see you shaken; for He is " the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." God saw the end from the beginning; He follows a plan eternally ordained, and the whole vast administration of creation is carried on in pursuance of certain great fixed ideas. It has been supposed that the doctrine of God's decrees would repel men, and drive them into infidelity. 4. To-day Jesus Christ is the same as when it was said, "We are all one in Christ Jesus." 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. You need not fear temptation, for His is an unchanging succour. On the Day of Atonement, the high priest carried the blood into the inner chamber of the Tabernacle called the “Most Holy Place,” otherwise referred to as the “Holy of Holies.”. The applications of them vary, but the essential moral qualities themselves never change. There will be more familiarity than strangeness there, for " Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." 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. Marriage is honorable among all: The Bible holds high the ideal of married life and the institution of family. They are as immutable as Justice, fruitful as Love, eternal as Truth. Yesterday kindred and friends were a wide social circle — to-day but a poor segment of that circle is left. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever.(J. He is faithful. "And did you see such a one?" The deep reality of life abides the same; Jesus Christ the same to-day as yesterday.III. Indeed, there could be no providence without change; no providing and no rule would be possible if no new circumstances arose. I ask you to think of THE RELATION BETWEEN THE UNCHANGING CHRIST AND THE DYING HELPERS. Your conscience may be sluggish, His voice is powerful to arrest; your heart may have grown hard, His love is strong to melt; your will may have become obdurate, His grace is mighty to subdue.(A. But the moment a wrong motive is cherished in the heart, or an idle word escapes the lips unjudged, your happy experiences are smashed to pieces, and you are all restless and disturbed within, until in brokenness of spirit before God you confess your sin (the disturbing thing), and thus get restored once more to the calm, sweet joy of communion. He came here, not to stay, but to return. He is not, as men are, changed by time. And it is very seldom, after years of absence, that you hear of one whose outward circumstances are nowise different from what they were, and rarer still to hear of one whose dispositions are quite unchanged. Again the thought of the immutable One bears up out of the confusion of changing things. Before His sceptre have bowed low the chiefs and the soldiers of Imperial Rome, and when in the ruin of that Empire young and barbarous races streamed forth from the far-off lands of the East, like troubled waves of the ocean tossing and heaving beneath the anger of God, those restless souls bowed down in the dust before a Majesty simpler and purer than any they had ever seen, in fact, or in dream. The same principle which inclines Him to involve us now in indigence, misery, contempt, sickness, and death, will then induce Him to free us from all these ills, and to introduce us into that happy state where there will be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, and where all tears shall be wiped away from our eyes. Our life continues the same in many vicissitudes, so long as the persons we have to do with are unchanged. Yesterday Jesus Christ did all this — and what of to-day? Here are changes, grand, stupendous, unimaginable. 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. In view of these statements, I remark, first, that it is such a view of God as this that inspires confidence and trust in Him. Because we shall be fully convinced, that the vicissitudes of both proceed from the same cause, I mean the immutability of that God who saith by the mouth of one of His prophets, "I, the Lord, change not.". New they will be, but they will not be strange; the changes will but illustrate the unchangeable.IV. Then to-day let us boldly confess Him. "Your old neighbour? The teaching of Christ is remarkable, not only for what He said, but for what He did not say. "Of His kingdom there shall be no end." Not only did He say, "Believe My words," He said, "Believe in Me." dear good man, he is safe in Abraham's bosom. "He shall reign for ever and ever." It can be said of no creature that he is the same yesterday and to-day. Mackennal, D. D.)The immutability of GodH. So He is the same,(1)Yesterday to our fathers;(2)To-day to ourselves;(3)For ever to our children.(T. He is also Priest, but He has not taken the priesthood upon Himself, for He is the propitiation whom God has set forth for human sin. Then let us with all our heart confide in Him to-day. That language can only have reference to a Divine Being, and it can only he with regard to His Divine qualities that Jesus Christ can be said to be immutable. Guthrie, D. D.)Christ does not changeJ. Raleigh, D. D.Sameness is not a quality of things much loved for its own sake. But if we will only realise that all that sparkling lustre and all that more than mortal tenderness of pity and of love with which Jesus Christ has irradiated and sweetened any past is verily here with us amidst the commonplaces and insignificant duties of the dusty to-day, then we need look back to no purple distance, nor forward to any horizon where sky and earth kiss, but feel that here or nowhere, now or never, is Christ the all-sufficient and unchanging Friend. Blessed are they who, in a world of passing phenomena, penetrate to the still centre of rest, and looking over all the vacillations of the things that can be shaken, can turn to the Christ and say, Thou who movest all things art Thyself unmoved; Thou who changest all things, Thyself changest not. It is blessed to think of being eternally young; but the thought that, while men are wrinkled, and bent, and scarred by disease, and toil, and suffering, and are subject to all manner of infirmities, there is One that is unchanged by time, and is for ever in the bloom of youth — this thought comes home with sweetness and comfort to every heart.2. 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. He cannot deny Himself.II. Sin and provocation change us. Cutting. Yesterday He recalled the maiden scarcely cold in death, the young man some time longer dead, and Lazarus far within the portals of death. This sobriety is the most striking proof of His immutability. "He shall reign for ever and ever." Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever.(J. A man is gazing intently down a deep, still well, where he sees the moon reflected, and thus remarks to a friendly bystander: "How beautifully fair and round she is to-night! No, no.(G. His eye is the same — bright as a flame of fire, and strong enough to view all things, whether great or small. Much in the popular conception of Christianity is in the act of passing. Let us give everything up to Him, ourselves and our all. Follow for a moment THE SUGGESTIONS OF TRUE CONTEXT; remember those who exercised a blessed, loving, wise " rule " over you, who " spake to you the Word of God," pastors, parents, friends; those who first interpreted to you your soul's yearning and restlessness, and pointed you to Christ for rest; the true and trusty ones who warned you against your dangers, and helped you in your temptations, and solaced you in your griefs; who seemed to read your life, and could speak the very words you needed. Yesterday Jesus Christ did all this — and what of to-day? Follow for a moment THE SUGGESTIONS OF TRUE CONTEXT; remember those who exercised a blessed, loving, wise " rule " over you, who " spake to you the Word of God," pastors, parents, friends; those who first interpreted to you your soul's yearning and restlessness, and pointed you to Christ for rest; the true and trusty ones who warned you against your dangers, and helped you in your temptations, and solaced you in your griefs; who seemed to read your life, and could speak the very words you needed. There is nothing to warrant the theory that these gifts were temporary, that they were limited to any particular age or crisis, or that they were distinctive of certain aspects only of the Messianic reign. Raleigh, D. D.Sameness is not a quality of things much loved for its own sake. The word rendered "the end" signifies not only termination, but also exit. "Of His kingdom there shall be no end." The Bible revealed Jehovah, the unchangeable; who, being once known, was for ever to be obeyed, because His commands were equitable and right, and from whom such as learned His will, and followed the path of obedience, had nothing to fear, but everything to hope. He came here, not to stay, but to return. Yesterday that work was His. 4. But the time shall never come when it can be said of Jesus, His hand is shortened that it cannot save. must we ever be restless? He has passed out of its sphere, and is impervious to its spell. To those Christians who would read the words translated "for ever" in their original form, "unto the ages," they would have a further suggestion. The yesterday of my text may either be applied to the generations that have passed, and then the "to-day" is our little life; or it may be applied to my own yesterday, and then the to-day is this narrow present. However, One there is who wears our nature, but is not liable to the variations of mortality. We are always tempted to think that this moment is commonplace and insignificant. In the world to come there may be further dispensations, each fulfilling a thought, and all illustrating the mighty being, of God. Disappointment cannot quench your hopefulness, for He is the unchanging Hope. No, no.(G. Yesterday our fathers and our mothers were young, and hale, and strong — to-day they lean towards the earth like half-felled trees, or they lie prostrate as trees wholly cut down. There will be more familiarity than strangeness there, for " Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." No; "the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever," there is nothing He ever did, in saving, blessing, sanctifying, that He cannot do again. It may have lain mysterious and hidden in the souls of the faithful, so that the world knew it not — in faithful souls who, mingling with sinners of the most flagrant type, yet preserved to their last breath the Treasure of the Faith and the Eternal Hope. "Of His kingdom there shall be no end." The gods of heathen nations made war with each ether, maintaining themselves by the exertion of force against other gods, so that there were revulsions in high and heavenly places, and reigning dynasties were overthrown. Sorrow cannot long dim your eyes, for He is the unchanging Comforter. When there is no allowance of evil the blessed Spirit of God takes of the glories and preciousness of Christ, and reveals them to you for your comfort and joy. Effectually in His grace and mercy. 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. When our impatience has been tamed, and our impetuosity has become subdued; when we have learned to distrust ourselves, and wish for an immutable goodness on which to stay; when we have learned to distrust the world, to look away from things and circumstances; after we have felt weariness and disappointment, we grow to value quiet. God's unchangeableness was taught, also, as opposed to the caprice of heathen divinities. They should be like those described in the text. In disposition to fulfil them, and in power, Jesus Christ " is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." Martin.Employing the word "yesterday" to represent past time in general, we ask, who beside Jesus Christ is the same to-day as yesterday? Yesterday lies consecrated in memory; to-morrow, radiant in hope; but to-day is poverty-stricken and prose. So, secondly, I apply these words in another direction. 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. We may stand solitary, where once we stood circled with affection, alone but not alone, for He is with us. Here are changes, grand, stupendous, unimaginable. You need not fear temptation, for His is an unchanging succour. The humanity of Jesus Christ is in all its essential features the same. In these there has been great change. "Well, I rather think he was asking for you, but I cannot be very sure. He restrained the brutality of men in the Middle Ages, when, in the Renaissance, the antiquity which men had rediscovered intoxicated their minds with subtle fancies, He took possession of the strong souls, like Luther and like Calvin, who, by their very faults, checked the shortcomings of their age. The verse is chiastically constructed in Greek: “we do not have a permanent city; the city which is to come we seek.”, The upshot of Heb 13:9–14 is to contrast Judaism and its adherence to the Mosaic covenant and cultus with the new covenant inaugurated by Christ. His hand is the same — strong even to almightiness. To-day Jesus Christ is the same as when He said, "I am the vine; ye are the branches." )Jesus always the sameT. That which was love in the beginning, is love now, and will be love for evermore. The sky is furthest away from us right over our heads; behind and in front it seems to touch the earth. His unchangeableness was also taught as opposed to any change of dynasties. His eye is the same — bright as a flame of fire, and strong enough to view all things, whether great or small. Through the ages He gives humanity new life, transforming man's hearts, changing men's wills and men's lives, working a work in man's souls analogous to that which here below He wrought in their bodies when He healed men's leprosies, delivered men possessed of devils, raised men who had passed into the grasp of death. It is attested beyond all doubt, not by the happiest of men, but by the most afflicted — Jesus Christ consoles. So, further, we apply, in the third place, this thought to THE RELATION BETWEEN THE UNCHANGING CHRIST AND DECAYING INSTITUTIONS AND OPINIONS. "And what of such another?" 4. 1. II. That which was love in the beginning, is love now, and will be love for evermore. "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. All is not fleeting, Christ is the same. 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. Blessed are they who, in a world of passing phenomena, penetrate to the still centre of rest, and looking over all the vacillations of the things that can be shaken, can turn to the Christ and say, Thou who movest all things art Thyself unmoved; Thou who changest all things, Thyself changest not. He has said that they shall never hunger and shall never thirst, they shall never die, they shall do great works, they shall not abide in darkness, they shall have peace, they shall join Christ in His glory. Here are changes, grand, stupendous, unimaginable. "Look up man! He has said that they shall never hunger and shall never thirst, they shall never die, they shall do great works, they shall not abide in darkness, they shall have peace, they shall join Christ in His glory. 1. God's decrees may be taught so as to make men feel that they are oppressive; but the thought that the decrees of God run through time and eternity, and that He is true to them, so far from being repulsive, is exceedingly attractive. The same constitution of things holds in the higher sphere of man's moral progress and religious life. He has said that they shall never hunger and shall never thirst, they shall never die, they shall do great works, they shall not abide in darkness, they shall have peace, they shall join Christ in His glory. Yesterday our fathers and our mothers were young, and hale, and strong — to-day they lean towards the earth like half-felled trees, or they lie prostrate as trees wholly cut down. To-day Jesus Christ is the same as when Paul said, "I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him until that day." The sky is furthest away from us right over our heads; behind and in front it seems to touch the earth. Wherefore upon it, the being, life, and blessedness of the Church doth depend. When our impatience has been tamed, and our impetuosity has become subdued; when we have learned to distrust ourselves, and wish for an immutable goodness on which to stay; when we have learned to distrust the world, to look away from things and circumstances; after we have felt weariness and disappointment, we grow to value quiet. Here I can work, here I can feel, here I am somewhat at home; but that world will be so unutterably strange. unchanging One, let me change from day to day, until I gain Thine image and reach Thy presence!" He is faithful. "Did he remember me?" Truth and justice are the same now that they were in the beginning, and that they ever will be. Maclaren, D. D.I. But Jesus is man as well as God. In His will, in His purposes, in His principles, in His affections, He is for ever the same. In view of these statements, I remark, first, that it is such a view of God as this that inspires confidence and trust in Him. 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