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The Impassibility of God

Does Scripture employ passible language to describe an impassible God?

1 Samuel 15 is a tragic, even depressing, chapter in the in the story of Israel. Yet it is not without hope. After Saul fails as king of Israel by rebelling against God’s very clear command, he is confronted by the prophet Samuel. But instead of turning from his rebellion, Saul justifies his sin even more! Saul believed that he could manipulate God, but Yahweh is not like the gods of the surrounding nations. Our God is not like man, for he does not change.

To learn more about God’s immutable nature, be sure to watch my recent chapel message.

Matthew Barrett

Matthew Barrett is the executive editor of Credo Magazine and the host of the Credo podcast. He is associate professor of Christian theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the author of several books, including Simply Trinity: The Unmanipulated Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, which won the 2022 Christianity Today Book of the Year Award in Theology/Ethics. He is writing a Systematic Theology with Baker Academic.

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