Change or the Same?

Did the God change from a vindictive and wrathful God in the Old Testament to a merciful and loving God in the New Testament?

If your answer is “yes”, you are not alone.

After all, we are too familiar with stories in the OT about God flooding the world to wipe out human race (sparing only Noah and his family), destroying the sin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and sending down fire from heaven to consume the men of King Ahab.

While in the NT, we are presented with a (seemingly) very different God who, in the Person of Jesus, went around healing the sick, raising the dead and forgiving the sinners. And the Lord even rebuked the disciples who suggested summoning fire from heaven to incinerate those who did not welcome Him.

So it appears that God did went through some kind of character modification in between the 2 books, didn’t He?

Of course not! He did not change because He does not change…

For I am the Lord, I do not change;
(Malachi 3:6)

The truth is, He has always been the good God that He is from the beginning, in the OT, in the NT, in the present days and will remain so in the days to come.

(for the Lord your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.
(Deuteronomy 4:31)

The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
(Psalm 103:8)

And we give thanks to Him that He is a steadfast God whose nature is immutable, in whom all the promises in the Bible are “yes and amen”. We can safely take Him at His words, resting in full assurance of His everlasting and unchanging love…

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Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
(Hebrews 13:8)

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