God Has Not Changed

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By Dr. Larry Ollison

After the law was given to Moses on Mt. Sinai, the Spirit of God dwelt inside the ark of the covenant. The ark of the covenant was placed in the tabernacle and later in the temple and from there the priests would minister to the people. God’s presence was greatly determined by their obedience and as they refused to reverence God, the glory of God departed (Ezekiel 10:18).

While the Bible says God has not changed (Malachi 3:6), some may ask this question. Why does it seem like there is such a contrast between how God dealt with His people in Old Testament times and how graciously He deals with the church in New Testament times?

In Old Testament times, it seems that God was hardhearted when dealing with His people and removed His Holy Spirit because of their disobedience, while in New Testament times we are told He is the God of love who seals us by His Holy Spirit until the day of redemption, and that His Spirit abides within us forever. While God does not change, why does it seem like, to some, that He’s had a shift in His personality and attitude? The answer is the blood of Jesus.

Because man placed his belief in the words of Satan instead of the Word of God in the Garden of Eden, man separated himself from the presence of God. By doing this, he also separated himself from personal communion with God and His protection.

But when the perfect sacrificial Lamb (Jesus) placed His blood on the altar in heaven on the day of His resurrection, a paradigm shift took place and man could once again have intimate fellowship with God by receiving the work of the blood through Jesus. While God seemed distant in Old Testament times, it was actually because man had distanced himself from God and, because of sin, could not draw near to the Father. The sin that was brought into the world by the first man (Adam) was removed by the second man (Jesus).

For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous (Romans 5:19).

So the conclusion is this. The loving God of the ages has never changed. It was man that changed. To say that the God of the Old Testament was cruel, while the God of the New Testament is love, is a feeble attempt to blame God for the sin of man.

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