dear good man, he is safe in Abraham's bosom. "All, times are sadly changed with him. III. Cutting.It is a beautiful moonlight night. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever.(J. Raleigh, D. D.Sameness is not a quality of things much loved for its own sake. 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. Finally, this idea of God is very proper to regulate that of your future destiny. 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. Yesterday lies consecrated in memory; to-morrow, radiant in hope; but to-day is poverty-stricken and prose. In these there has been great change. In disposition to fulfil them, and in power, Jesus Christ " is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." 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!" 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. I. Exhortation to remember and imitate former leaders. For Him the change between the "to-day" of His earthly life and the " for ever" of His ascended glory made no change in the tenderness of His heart, the sweetness of His smile, the nearness of His helping hand.(A. "He hath an unchangeable priesthood." 1. The sky is furthest away from us right over our heads; behind and in front it seems to touch the earth. And may we not believe this to be the prayer of angels too? Grounds for the exhortation in v. 13. In disposition to fulfil them, and in power, Jesus Christ " is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." a. Take some time to think of those who first led you to Christ. This gives undying value to all the offers, invitations, and promises of the gospel.(T. The gods of antiquity were shameful, subject to fits of wrath, and to the most fitful changes of the most desperate feelings. dear good man, he is safe in Abraham's bosom. 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. THE WORDS "FOR EVER" FALL STRANGELY ON OUR EARS; THE SOLEMN FUTURE IS UNKNOWN AND UNIMAGINABLE. Yesterday it was testified, "The love of Christ constraineth us "-it carries us out of the course of the world. The moon is at full, and shining in more than ordinary silver brightness. What does this verse really mean? At all times, and in all places, God required His Church to love Him with all the heart, and with all the soul, and with all the mind: but He did not inform His people at all times and in all places the manner in which He required love to express itself. 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. You might as well say that the laws of nature are repulsive, as to say that God's decrees are so. He is not, as men are, changed by time. 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. The humanity of Jesus Christ is in all its essential features the same. Yesterday kindred and friends were a wide social circle — to-day but a poor segment of that circle is left. Beecher. W. 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. What changes need we now fear? This gives undying value to all the offers, invitations, and promises of the gospel.(T. Let us then by our conduct form an inseparable relation between our eternal felicity and the invariable perfections of that God who changeth not; let us spare no pains to arrive at that happy state, let us address to God our most fervent prayers to engage Him to bless the efforts which we make to enjoy it; and, after we have seriously engaged in this great work, let us fear nothing. Hebrews 13:8 "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." But in the midst of all is seen one unchanging Christ. To those Christians who would read the words translated "for ever" in their original form, "unto the ages," they would have a further suggestion. 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. Jesus Christ is the same in His influence upon those who believe in Him. 1. However, One there is who wears our nature, but is not liable to the variations of mortality. Those shoulders will not bend, and that empire will subsist for ever. He is the revealer of what the apostle Paul calls present truth — and in His exhibition of that which it is essential for us to know, and essential for us to believe, He changeth not. To-day, moved by His love, multitudes are acting and suffering as those only can work and endure who live, not unto themselves, but unto Him who died for them and rose again. Maclaren, D. D.I. He has passed out of its sphere, and is impervious to its spell. Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. Mackennal, D. D.I. Let it go; Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever. Hebrews 13:7. 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. THE SAME TEACHER. )LinksHebrews 13:7 NIVHebrews 13:7 NLTHebrews 13:7 ESVHebrews 13:7 NASBHebrews 13:7 KJVHebrews 13:7 Bible AppsHebrews 13:7 ParallelHebrews 13:7 Biblia ParalelaHebrews 13:7 Chinese BibleHebrews 13:7 French BibleHebrews 13:7 German BibleHebrews 13:7 CommentariesBible Hub. )Jesus always the sameT. Are they not thirsting for change " from glory to glory, as by the Spirit of the Lord? The one thing of which anticipation may be sure is that nothing continues in one stay. Mackennal, D. D.I. 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. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 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? In the world to come there may be further dispensations, each fulfilling a thought, and all illustrating the mighty being, of God. Maclaren, D. D.)Yesterday and to-dayS. W. 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. In the first place, no change is to be imputed to Him such as comes to us by reason of age and the wearing of the body. On the contrary, it draws men. The applications of them vary, but the essential moral qualities themselves never change. It is true that it is God alone who efficiently leads His people like a flock through this wilderness to the heavenly Canaan. He has got other things to occupy his thoughts since you and he were wont to meet." These things constitute being and character, and these in Him are without change.(A. The prayer of every Christian heart is: "Oh! Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. "And what of such another?" That which was love in the beginning, is love now, and will be love for evermore. Effectually in His grace and mercy. The next evident claim of Christ upon us is that we should be steadfast in the faith. In these there has been great change. But a coming rest is not all we ask; is life all to be weary and changing? Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever.(J. To those Christians who would read the words translated "for ever" in their original form, "unto the ages," they would have a further suggestion. And His heart is the same — sympathetic, patient, generous, tender as a woman's, strong in its personal attachment, and filled with a love which surpasseth knowledge. The prayer of every Christian heart is: "Oh! 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. To those Christians who would read the words translated "for ever" in their original form, "unto the ages," they would have a further suggestion. His eye is the same — bright as a flame of fire, and strong enough to view all things, whether great or small. Cutting.It is a beautiful moonlight night. Yesterday that work was His. 13:9-10 Verse 9 has troubled commentators because it seems so out of place, even in Hebrews 13. 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. Paul speaks of worlds and epochs, of which we now know nothing, that are all to be gathered together, and seen fulfilled in Christ. )LinksHebrews 13:7 NIVHebrews 13:7 NLTHebrews 13:7 ESVHebrews 13:7 NASBHebrews 13:7 KJVHebrews 13:7 Bible AppsHebrews 13:7 ParallelHebrews 13:7 Biblia ParalelaHebrews 13:7 Chinese BibleHebrews 13:7 French BibleHebrews 13:7 German BibleHebrews 13:7 CommentariesBible Hub, (2)To-day in incarnation;(3)For ever in application.2. Ministers, who have thus spoken the word of God, should be remembered, their faith followed, and the end of their conversation considered. 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 came to live as a man — He did live as a man. There was perpetual change. The Divine in Jesus Christ is ever the same, His power in heaven, in earth, and in hell — His knowledge — all that hath been, all that is, and all that will be — His wisdom for device and design, for ruling and over-ruling, for ordering all beings and things — His presence in all places — His spotless purity, and undeviating righteousness — His unbounded love — are all "the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." All is not fleeting, Christ is the same. We may be troubled, but we cannot be daunted; surprised, but not unmanned. The prayer of every Christian heart is: "Oh! He cannot deny Himself.II. "And did you see such a one?" We have considered Jesus Christ in the economy of time, now let us consider Him in THE ECONOMY OF ETERNITY. Men who in poverty and obscurity have been accessible and genial, become haughty when idolised for their genius and fawned on for their wealth. It is the condition of the well that reflects her that has changed." 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. Yet here, where nothing is abiding but change — here where we "should imagine that we should get accustomed to change — we are always sighing for that which is the same to-day as yesterday, and which will be the same for ever. )The changelessness of ChristA. It was there. Then let us abide in Him to-day. "Of His kingdom there shall be no end." 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. His eye is the same — bright as a flame of fire, and strong enough to view all things, whether great or small. Is it not because we are created to find rest and portion only in God? It can be re-established by pardon from God and faith from man, and when it has been formed anew it should show itself in the justice and the charity of our lives. THE SAME SAVIOUR. 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. A game warden catches an unlicensed fisherman in the act. To-day, moved by His love, multitudes are acting and suffering as those only can work and endure who live, not unto themselves, but unto Him who died for them and rose again. ( A) your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. No, no.(G. We are always tempted to think that this moment is commonplace and insignificant. Sorrow cannot long dim your eyes, for He is the unchanging Comforter. It is unchanging, not only in its duration, but in the nature of the authority it possesses. Yet to an eminence where all can see Him. Guthrie, D. D.Ah! Disappointment cannot quench your hopefulness, for He is the unchanging Hope. As opposed to such a conception as this, the Bible teaches God to be one, from eternity to eternity, sovereign and immutable. In regard to these visible, sensible manifestations, Jesus Christ is different to-day from what He was yesterday, and (we speak with reverence), for anything said in the Scriptures, He may be different to-morrow from what He is to-day. (1) It conveys the idea that they are not lost, but gone before; not dead, but living. 5. I found his house shut up, and all his family gone away." "Did he remember me?" But these mortal, formal changes, whatever they are, do not affect the substantial meaning of the text. It is in our personal relations that we feel the identity or the changes of life. Just in that way, life is always found in the words of Christ, immutable in its essence, infinitely diverse in its applications. He is always Jesus Christ; and the word "same " seems to me to bear the most intimate relation to the two titles of the text, and does as good as say that Jesus Christ is always Jesus Christ, yesterday, and to-day, and for ever. And what say you of His love? 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. It has been supposed that the doctrine of God's decrees would repel men, and drive them into infidelity. Here I can work, here I can feel, here I am somewhat at home; but that world will be so unutterably strange. Our life continues the same in many vicissitudes, so long as the persons we have to do with are unchanged. For Him the change between the "to-day" of His earthly life and the " for ever" of His ascended glory made no change in the tenderness of His heart, the sweetness of His smile, the nearness of His helping hand.(A. If possible, find that person and thank him for his faithfulness in your life. For Him the change between the "to-day" of His earthly life and the " for ever" of His ascended glory made no change in the tenderness of His heart, the sweetness of His smile, the nearness of His helping hand. In fact, He is not the same yesterday and to-day in the forms and aspects of His existence. Mackennal, D. D.)The immutability of GodH. You need not fear temptation, for His is an unchanging succour. And may we not believe this to be the prayer of angels too? And may we not believe this to be the prayer of angels too? Adams. Raleigh, D. D.)The unchanging ChristA. 17, 24. Their whole Christian life was open to observation. He is faithful. What do we find it: them? 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. For Him the change between the "to-day" of His earthly life and the " for ever" of His ascended glory made no change in the tenderness of His heart, the sweetness of His smile, the nearness of His helping hand.(A. Circumstances change us. But these mortal, formal changes, whatever they are, do not affect the substantial meaning of the text. 13:7 A new discourse unit begins with v. 7 with the command to “remember your leaders.”. 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 same constitution of things holds in the higher sphere of man's moral progress and religious life. Death, or separation, or mutual alienation and distrust put an end to their guidance. In regard to these visible, sensible manifestations, Jesus Christ is different to-day from what He was yesterday, and (we speak with reverence), for anything said in the Scriptures, He may be different to-morrow from what He is to-day. 13:8 Verse 8 at first blush appears unconnected to the context, and is so taken by some. He cannot deny Himself.II. In Him they placed their confidence; in Him their affections centred. 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. Mackennal, D. D.)The immutability of GodH. The one thing of which anticipation may be sure is that nothing continues in one stay. All! "And yet many hearts thrill with a sacred joy on hearing the words, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." He came to suffer as a substitute. "Your old neighbour? Schools have leaders. "And our old neighbour, who lived next door?" It is constancy that is the foundation of hope, and civilisation, and everything that is blessed in the world.(H. Still, too, He assures His disciples, "I will come again." "I write no new commandment unto you"; I preach no new Christ unto you. 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. And His heart is the same — sympathetic, patient, generous, tender as a woman's, strong in its personal attachment, and filled with a love which surpasseth knowledge. Death, or separation, or mutual alienation and distrust put an end to their guidance. 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. Sorrow cannot long dim your eyes, for He is the unchanging Comforter. What is the root of all our knowledge of Jesus Christ if it is not just this? Take your stand on the quietest day in the stillest place you can find — change is going on around you with every moment of time, so restless is nature down to its very heart. Guthrie, D. D.)Christ does not changeJ. But when your heart is thus all unrest, need I ask, Has Christ's work changed? New they will be, but they will not be strange; the changes will but illustrate the unchangeable.IV. As they spoke they acted. 1. They were accustomed to look on God's purpose in the universe as unfolding itself in a series of aeons or dispensations. 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."V. His hand is the same — strong even to almightiness. 3. 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. The writer asks that you simply remember those who have led you. 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! Truth and justice are the same now that they were in the beginning, and that they ever will be. "What gross absurdity! " But in the midst of all is seen one unchanging Christ. Guthrie, D. D.Ah! Mar 27, 1988. 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