That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us,
One thing I have discovered in my life with God our Father is that it is always subject to change. Changes are constant in our lives especially when we endeavor to follow Him. Change is an unchangeable fact; it is inevitable because He doesn’t change. Because He doesn’t change we are the ones who have to do the moving and the changing in order to adapt to His unchangeable continuity. One time a man complained that he didn’t feel as close to God as he used to, when his friend asked him, “Who moved”. Broken friendships and marriages work much the same way; we must ask ourselves, ‘Who moved?” Or “Who changed their priorities?” God doesn’t, so when we feel further from Him than we used to we must have changed things somehow.
The Creator of all things expressed His unchangeable nature when He gave His Name to Moses on the Mount. He introduced Himself then as”אהיה אשׁר אהיה” roughly translated as “I WILL BE WHO I WILL BE”, and meaning “I do not change” (Malachi 3:6).
Many people have fallen into the trap that the God of the Hebrew Scriptures is different than the One of the Apostolic Scriptures. A thorough understanding of God’s Name as introduced to Moses on the Mount claims the exact opposite. A solid grasp on God’s unchanging nature spares us from falling into errant theology.
Yeshua Himself directly disclaimed this theology of being different than the Father. He claims total unity of concepts with the Father when He says “even as we (the Father and I) are one, (John 17:11, 21). Yeshua teaches us that because He is on the ‘same page’ with the Father, if we go on the ‘same page’ with Him, we will also be on the ‘Same page’ with the Father. This reflects the standard Jewish Chassidic theology of approaching God through your spiritual mentor.
God doesn’t change. He remains the same from creation until today. From the beginning His standards of mercy, grace giving, patience, goodness, compassion, and forgiveness have been the core of His being. Now, and just as it was in the past, His people have always been able to rely on these attributes in order to come in His Presence, but so are the rest of His Name’s attributes unchangeable: truth, justice, and retribution (Exodus 34:5-7). May we never forget it as we pray to Him who never changes.
(You may notice I didn’t list ‘love’ as an attribute of God. It is a purposed omission in my listing. Love being abstract is better defined through the afore-mentioned attributes).