God Became

god became manDoes God change?

Your first instinct is probably similar to mine…”Of course not!  God is God…He is perfect and unchanging…the first and the last…the beginning and the end…the great I Am…Who is, Who was, and evermore shalt be!”

And that answer is both correct and biblically supported.   Many Bible passages discuss God’s unchanging nature.

Every good thing and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.  (James 1:17)

But, just as we begin to get truly comfortable with the concept that God has not, does not, and will not change, we find this word became.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…  (John 1:1 & 14).

Did you catch that?  The Word is God and the Word became flesh.  God became flesh!  God became

The word became denotes change.  Not minor change, but fundamental change.  He didn’t temporarily disguise Himself as human…He became human.

God became man.

In the Old Testament, we’re told,

God is not a man that He should lie, nor the son of man that He should repent…  (Numbers 23:19)

God was not a man…but He became a man.  God was not a son of man…but He became a son of man.  In fact, Jesus often referred to Himself as the son of man.

God became!  He changed…God became something He previously was not.  Almighty, perfect, unchanging creator God became a created being.

God did not change His nature.  Jesus still does not lie, nor need to repent.

In becoming human, God did not lower the standard of deity…rather, He raised the standard and condition of humanity.

For us, God changed who He is.  His identity is forever changed.  God became one of us…human.  Jesus will forever be human.  Jesus will forever bear the nail scars of His covenant with us…scars that were not there before, but now are…for us!

The author of Hebrews tells us,

For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through suffering.  (Hebrews 2:10)

Jesus was perfected through suffering…

God changed…He was perfected.

God was already perfect.  He had no need to change…no need to be perfected…no need to become anything other than who He already was.

But we needed a redeemer…a deliverer…a savior.

For our sake, God became a man…through suffering, He became our perfect savior!

He was already perfect deity.  He became our perfect savior.

What a marvelous wonder!

God became

Your thoughts?

 

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18 thoughts on “God Became

  1. As a still lake mirrors an unchanging sky, it changes in itself, fed and drained by streams, and the cycles of rainfall and evaporation.

    Likewise changes the sky, moved by the gentlest zephyr.

    A static God is a dead God. His unchanging nature is Love; change in the ways in which it’s made manifest don’t change Him.

    • “A static God is a dead God. His unchanging nature is Love; change in the ways in which it’s made manifest don’t change Him.”

      I like how you phrased this, Andrew!

      Yes, the passages that focus on God’s unchangableness refer specifically to His faithfulness. When we focus too much on His unchanging we fail to see how He adapts Himself to our needs…and wind up with a false perspective of God as inflexible, impersonal, and distant.

      Have a blessed day, my friend!

  2. This is powerful stuff, Joe. He became flesh for us and gave Himself up for us. He didn’t change but he transformed Himself to show us in person who He is. He showed us how to live life perfectly, but we still can’t. We need Him every minute of every day. What a beautiful picture of His love and passion.

    Instead of a wreath to hang on the door this year I found a lovely picture of the cross with a rose on it. I wrote with it. “Love is a choice shown through our actions”. It should say, “Love is a choice shown through His actions”.

  3. Um, once again you make me think of something in a new way, Joe. God became…. I’ll sit with this one awhile. This verse keeps running through my head now…

    “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
    2 corinthians 5:21

    He became sin so we could become righteous.

    • Oh, wow! Yes, He became sin so we could become righteousness.

      Although I can’t fully wrap my mind around everything contained in that truth, I love being amazed my our wondrous God!

      Thank you, Lisa, for adding yet another dimension!

  4. I so tire of the religious folks who harp constantly on how God never changes, then fail to recognize that He is not seen the same, or described the same, by the various authors of the books of the Bible. Is His nature unchanging? I’d have to go with a Yes on that – but His works and His worlds are in constant change, and not always nice, easy, gentle, or very pleasant to us. How was it put? God is good, but He is not safe – and I’m grateful that He is not, because a safe, nice, predictable God is one we discount and market at the corner church for an hour on Sundays, forgotten as we turn our keys in the ignition.

    His love never fails, His mercy endures forever – these are unchanging, and a source of unspeakable comfort to this man who so often falls short – but to think I know all there is to know of Him, and all aspects of His character? That would be an outrageous conceit.

    I’m grateful I’m not called on to pretend I know Him in that way.

    Great post, Joe!

    • “I so tire of the religious folks who harp constantly on how God never changes…”

      Too often it seems what is really meant is that their perception of God never changes. And when our perception stops changing, it’s a sure sign that we’ve stopped growing and learning. Because we certainly have not even begun to plumb the depths nor scale the heights of God’s wonder and majesty!

      Thank you, Rick!

    • Yes, truly unexplainable! Words fail me…and yet…as a writer I feel compelled to attempt to express it in words, nonetheless…

      Thank you, Linda!

  5. Thought-provoking as usual, Joe! I have always loved this passage in Hebrews, “Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered …” (Hebrews 5:8) and would never have thought about it in the way you’ve pointed out in the context of your post here. Jesus was perfect and yet “learned obedience.” Hmmm, so very interesting! Thanks for sharing your wisdom, my friend!

    • “Jesus was perfect and yet ‘learned obedience.'”

      Truly mind-boggling, isn’t it? And yet, I love letting my mind be boggled at the depth of His love for us!

      Thank you, my friend!

    • So…now I’m contemplating the words from Matthew 26:39, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”

      The will of Christ submitted to the will of Our Father…

      Obedience learned through suffering…

      Jesus being perfected through suffering…

      Becoming our perfect Savior…

  6. Joe, you have brought some understanding to those scriptures…He does change and because He did ,we can. Oh that is a great powerful thought that encourages and makes God more powerful and majestic and all those other words that lift Him up. Great post. Going to file this one away for further reading and use.

    • “…He does change and because He did, we can.”

      Yes!

      He has conformed Himself to our needs so that we might be conformed to His image.

      What a mighty and compassionate God!

      Thank you, Betty!

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