God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Numbers 23:19
This verse emphasizes God’s unchanging nature and trustworthiness. Here are some other King James Version (KJV) Bible verses that convey similar themes:
- 1 Samuel 15:29: “And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.”
- Titus 1:2: “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;”
- Hebrews 6:18: “That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:”
- James 1:17: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
- Psalm 33:11: “The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.”
- Psalm 102:27: “But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.”
- Malachi 3:6: “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”
These verses all emphasize the consistent, unchanging nature of God, and His commitment to His promises. Remember, the Bible has many themes and messages, so these verses touch on the idea that God's word is steadfast and reliable.
Personalizing The Above As Christian Affirmations
1 Samuel 15:29:
The Strength of Israel Will Not Lie nor Repent
Also see: Spirit Of Truth
1 Samuel 15:29: "And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent."
- “Strength of Israel”: This phrase refers to God. In the context of the Old Testament, God is often referred to as the strength or protector of the Israelites.
- “will not lie nor repent”: This part emphasizes God’s unchanging nature. Unlike humans, God doesn’t lie or change His mind.
- “for he is not a man, that he should repent”: This again highlights the difference between the nature of God and humans. Humans might change their minds, make mistakes, or have regrets, but God is portrayed as being above these human tendencies.
In simpler terms, this verse is saying: "God, the protector of Israel, doesn't lie or change His mind like humans do."
God Can Not Lie
Titus 1:2: "In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began."
- “In hope of eternal life”: This refers to the Christian hope of living forever with God in heaven.
- “which God”: Here, the verse is referring to God as the source of this promise of eternal life.
- “that cannot lie”: This emphasizes God’s truthful nature. It’s saying God is always honest and doesn’t break His promises.
- “promised before the world began”: This part suggests that God’s promise of eternal life was made even before the creation of the world, emphasizing its eternal nature and significance.
So, in simpler terms: "Christians hope for eternal life in heaven, a promise made by God (who always keeps His promises) even before the world was created."
It Is Impossible For God To Lie
Hebrews 6:18: "That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:"
- “two immutable things”: The context of the chapter refers to two unchangeable things: God’s promise and His oath. These are things that God won’t go back on.
- “in which it was impossible for God to lie”: This reiterates the concept that God is truthful and unchanging. He doesn’t and can’t lie.
- “we might have a strong consolation”: This means believers can find comfort and encouragement knowing that God’s promises are steadfast.
- “who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us”: This part describes believers as those seeking safety (like someone running to a safe place) by embracing the hope offered by God’s promises.
So, to put it simply: "Because of two unchangeable things (God's promise and His oath), which prove God never lies, believers can find great comfort. They embrace the hope God offers, like someone seeking a safe place."
God Is Doesn’t Change He Is Always The Same
James 1:17: "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."
- “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above”: This means all good things come from heaven or from God.
- “cometh down from the Father of lights”: “Father of lights” is a poetic way to refer to God. It could imply God as the creator of celestial bodies (like stars) or as a source of enlightenment and truth.
- “with whom is no variableness”: This emphasizes God’s unchanging nature. He is consistent and doesn’t vary or change.
- “neither shadow of turning”: This is another way to stress God’s consistent nature. Imagine a light that doesn’t cast a shadow or move. That’s how steadfast and unchanging God is.
To simplify: "All good and perfect things come from God in heaven, who is unchanging and always consistent, like a light that doesn't move or cast a shadow."
Gods Plans Are Eternal They Don’t Change
Psalm 33:11: "The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations."
- “The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever”: This means God’s wisdom, advice, or plans are eternal. They don’t change or fade with time.
- “the thoughts of his heart to all generations”: This emphasizes that God’s intentions, plans, and love are consistent and extend to every generation, past, present, and future.
To simplify: "God's wisdom and plans are eternal, and His intentions are consistent for every generation."
God Is Unchanging and Consistent Forever
Psalm 102:27: "But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end."
- “But thou art the same”: This is addressing God directly, emphasizing His unchanging nature. God remains consistent throughout time.
- “and thy years shall have no end”: This speaks to God’s eternal nature. Unlike humans who have a limited lifespan, God’s existence has no end.
In simpler terms: "God, you are unchanging and eternal, with no end to your existence."
God Keeps His Promises Because He Is Unchanging
Malachi 3:6: "For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed."
- “For I am the LORD, I change not”: Here, God is speaking directly and emphasizing His unchanging nature. He’s consistent and doesn’t vary in His ways or character.
- “therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed”: The “sons of Jacob” refers to the Israelites, descendants of Jacob. The phrase “are not consumed” implies that because of God’s unchanging nature and His covenants/promises, He has not allowed the Israelites to be destroyed or wiped out, despite their shortcomings.
To put it simply: "I am the unchanging God; because of this consistent nature, I've protected the Israelites from being destroyed."
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Allan Wilson is the creator of the Scriptural Thinking Affirmations Package. Featuring over 200 minutes of mp3 audio Bible affirmations complete with background music. The package comes with the original affirmations PDF ebook and many bonus affirmation Bible studies as well. The affirmations are designed to help you call to remembrance all of the wonderful benefits of being in Christ and the marvelous privilege of being a child of God.
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