by Jerry Vines

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The Greatest Gift of All (6 of 22)
Series: Behave Yourself
Jerry Vines
James 1:17-25

In verse 17 we have one of the greatest statements in all of the Bible. "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." There is a statement wonderfully simple, but simply wonderful. It is a statement about the greatness of our God and the unchanging and the good nature of our God.

God is the Father of lights. That means that in this turbulent, changing universe of ours, we have something to hold on to. We have an anchor.

It is in the character of God, "The Father of lights." That means God is the God of creation. God is the God who has created the light in the universe. The sun and the moon and the stars and all of the lights, God is the Father of those lights.

It says that the Father of lights has no variableness in Him. That means there is no change in Him. None of the shadows which come in life come because of any change in God. We know it is because of the heavenly bodies that shadows are cast in our universe. Life, indeed, has its shadows. But none of those shadows come because of any changing in the nature of God.

We are living in a world where there is a great deal of change, but it is good to know that there is someone who does not change and He is God. This is not so important for most of you; but I say this to our young people and our college students in particular, there is a theology going around now known as "process theology" which is teaching that God is changing, that God is in the process of becoming, that He is becoming more God. It is actually a contradiction in terms. This morning I read Malachi 3, verse 10. We're all familiar with that but are we familiar with Malachi 3, verse 6, which says, "For I am the Lord, I change not." God does not change. There is no such thing as God being in the process of ch ...

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