In either application the words of my text are full of hope and of joy. Just in that way, life is always found in the words of Christ, immutable in its essence, infinitely diverse in its applications. Remember Your Leaders and Imitate Their Faith (Hebrews 13:7) Hebrews 13:8. He has said that they shall never hunger and shall never thirst, they shall never die, they shall do great works, they shall not abide in darkness, they shall have peace, they shall join Christ in His glory. Is it not because we are created to find rest and portion only in God? This glory — the fulness of grace and truth — is "the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." 17, 24. Martin.Employing the word "yesterday" to represent past time in general, we ask, who beside Jesus Christ is the same to-day as yesterday? What do we find it: them? Let us give everything up to Him, ourselves and our all. 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. Jesus Christ, in all that constitutes His personality and in all that pertains to His character, is the same, and cannot change. )Jesus always the sameT. Guthrie, D. D.Ah! )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. That which was love in the beginning, is love now, and will be love for evermore. Yesterday kindred and friends were a wide social circle — to-day but a poor segment of that circle is left. Paul speaks of worlds and epochs, of which we now know nothing, that are all to be gathered together, and seen fulfilled in Christ. They were accustomed to look on God's purpose in the universe as unfolding itself in a series of aeons or dispensations. Here I can work, here I can feel, here I am somewhat at home; but that world will be so unutterably strange. In His will, in His purposes, in His principles, in His affections, He is for ever the same. You will not sink in weakness, for He is the unchanging Strength. Mackennal, D. D.)The immutability of GodH. 1. 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! Here is a Being who came forth from the East. For change there means progress, and the more the human embodiments of Christian truth disintegrate, the more distinctly does the solemn unique figure of Christ the same rise before us. Spoken before being wanted, they were ready when the want came. The same eminence of perfections which engageth Him sometimes to make all concur to the prosperity of His Church, engageth Him at other times to unite all adversities against it. But surely it were too much to expect that He should be quite the same? Do you think (I speak now to each individual) there is a dungeon so deep, a chain so heavy, a misery so great, a malady so desperate, that God cannot deliver you, were your deliverance suitable to the eminence of His perfections? His eye is the same — bright as a flame of fire, and strong enough to view all things, whether great or small. 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. He has got other things to occupy his thoughts since you and he were wont to meet." There will be more familiarity than strangeness there, for " Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." In the sanctuaries of Thebes, of Delphi, and of Nineveh, the religious thought of millions of worshippers have been engraved on marble and on metal, in the desire to hand down to coming generations the names and the exploits of their gods. The moon is at full, and shining in more than ordinary silver brightness. "He ever liveth to make intercession for us." But if we will only realise that all that sparkling lustre and all that more than mortal tenderness of pity and of love with which Jesus Christ has irradiated and sweetened any past is verily here with us amidst the commonplaces and insignificant duties of the dusty to-day, then we need look back to no purple distance, nor forward to any horizon where sky and earth kiss, but feel that here or nowhere, now or never, is Christ the all-sufficient and unchanging Friend. He came to suffer as a substitute. The one thing of which anticipation may be sure is that nothing continues in one stay. He lives, and in Him all loves and companionships live unchanged.III. Sin will not overmaster you, nor guilt drive you to despair; for He whose blood first cleansed you will cleanse you still, and the ear into which you breathed your first penitence is listening still for your repentant prayer. Cutting.It is a beautiful moonlight night. 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. “Remember your leaders”. the time comes when the actor must leave the public stage; when the reins drop from the leader's grasp; and the orator's tongue falters; and the workman's stout arm grows feeble; and the fire of wit is quenched; and the man of genius turns into a drivelling idiot; and men of understanding, without any second birth, pass into a second childhood. Let us reason in regard to the Church in general, as we do in regard to the individuals who compose it. And to-day many of you are found among those who wait for His appearing, and who love His appearing — and as the vision seems to tarry, and as the time appears to be delayed, often do you hear Him say, "I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there ye may be also." To-day Jesus Christ is the same as when He said, "I am the vine; ye are the branches." He was "with God," then with man, now with God again. W. Some such change may be suggested in 1 Corinthians 15:24, 28. As opposed to such a conception as this, the Bible teaches God to be one, from eternity to eternity, sovereign and immutable. Here are changes, grand, stupendous, unimaginable. R is indeed He. 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. Let us give everything up to Him, ourselves and our all. When there is no allowance of evil the blessed Spirit of God takes of the glories and preciousness of Christ, and reveals them to you for your comfort and joy. Christ is the everlasting solemn mountain itself. 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. But these mortal, formal changes, whatever they are, do not affect the substantial meaning of the text. The text is a declaration of the immutability of Jesus Christ, and so takes for granted His divinity. THIS OUGHT TO BE THE CARE OF THE GUIDES OF THE CHURCH; NAMELY, TO LEAVE SUCH AN EXAMPLE OF FAITH AND HOLINESS, AS THAT IT MAY BE THE DUTY OF THE CHURCH TO REMEMBER THEM, AND FOLLOW THEIR EXAMPLE. (Heb 13:7-8) Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. 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.(A. But if we will only realise that all that sparkling lustre and all that more than mortal tenderness of pity and of love with which Jesus Christ has irradiated and sweetened any past is verily here with us amidst the commonplaces and insignificant duties of the dusty to-day, then we need look back to no purple distance, nor forward to any horizon where sky and earth kiss, but feel that here or nowhere, now or never, is Christ the all-sufficient and unchanging Friend. 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. Lastly, look at these words in their application to THE RELATION BETWEEN THE UNCHANGING CHRIST AND THE ETERNAL LOVE OF HEAVEN. 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.(A. 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. I apply these words as a New Year's motto, in two or three different directions, and ask you to consider, first, THE UNCHANGING CHRIST IN HIS RELATION TO OUR CHANGEFUL LIVES. Much in the popular conception of Christianity is in the act of passing. He lives, and in Him all loves and companionships live unchanged.III. He lightens death with an eternal hope. 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. Youth will wander and explore; but manhood asks a home wherein to dwell. The same law holds in providence. When our impatience has been tamed, and our impetuosity has become subdued; when we have learned to distrust ourselves, and wish for an immutable goodness on which to stay; when we have learned to distrust the world, to look away from things and circumstances; after we have felt weariness and disappointment, we grow to value quiet. The deep reality of life abides the same; Jesus Christ the same to-day as yesterday.III. It is the reality of his faith in God. The same principle which induces Him now to communicate Himself to us in a small degree, will then induce Him to communicate Himself to us in a far more eminent degree. You might as well say that the laws of nature are repulsive, as to say that God's decrees are so. You need not fear temptation, for His is an unchanging succour. But if we will only realise that all that sparkling lustre and all that more than mortal tenderness of pity and of love with which Jesus Christ has irradiated and sweetened any past is verily here with us amidst the commonplaces and insignificant duties of the dusty to-day, then we need look back to no purple distance, nor forward to any horizon where sky and earth kiss, but feel that here or nowhere, now or never, is Christ the all-sufficient and unchanging Friend. The applications of them vary, but the essential moral qualities themselves never change. 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. 2. "He ever liveth to make intercession for us." Jesus Christ, in all that constitutes His personality and in all that pertains to His character, is the same, and cannot change. And that is why the Church has lived. In what department of this universe shall we find immobility? Then to-day let us boldly confess Him. What changes need we now fear? is the astonished rejoinder of his companion. "And our old neighbour, who lived next door?" But a coming rest is not all we ask; is life all to be weary and changing? Hamilton, D. D.)Experiences may change, but not ChristG. The same law holds in providence. And so it is to-day. The same constitution of things holds in the higher sphere of man's moral progress and religious life. For that purpose He came here. 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. Take a life, for instance, like that of Stephen, consummated by a revelation of glory and reward such as might well inspire any follower. I. Exhortation to remember and imitate former leaders. This sobriety is the most striking proof of His immutability. Hamilton, D. D.Earthly friends are apt to change, and if they do not change they die. So, secondly, I apply these words in another direction. Basically, any group of people that comes together under a single purpose does so under some form of leadership structure. Yesterday that work was His. Jesus Christ is the same now as He was in times gone by, for the text saith, "The same yesterday, and to-day." When our impatience has been tamed, and our impetuosity has become subdued; when we have learned to distrust ourselves, and wish for an immutable goodness on which to stay; when we have learned to distrust the world, to look away from things and circumstances; after we have felt weariness and disappointment, we grow to value quiet. In the person of Jesus Christ there are two Beings in unity, the Son of God and the Son of Man, the visible image of the invisible God, and the ideal type of humanity. The Gallows and the Gift of Life Palm Sunday. LISTENING. Yesterday the children were like olive plants round about the table — to-day one is not, another withers in the place that still knows him, and others are transplanted to a foreign soil. Raleigh, D. D.Sameness is not a quality of things much loved for its own sake. the time comes when the actor must leave the public stage; when the reins drop from the leader's grasp; and the orator's tongue falters; and the workman's stout arm grows feeble; and the fire of wit is quenched; and the man of genius turns into a drivelling idiot; and men of understanding, without any second birth, pass into a second childhood. The main point of the verse is found in the final statement concerning the burning of the sacrificial carcasses outside the camp. 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. When they're done they jump back into the ...read more. Hamilton, D. D.Earthly friends are apt to change, and if they do not change they die. To-day, brethren, Jesus Christ is the same as when Peter and Johu rejoiced "that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name" — not counted worthy to wear some crown for His name, unless the crown be a crown of thorns, but " that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name." The teaching of Christ is remarkable, not only for what He said, but for what He did not say. The longing for rest, the desire for what is stable and unchanging — THIS IS OUR DEEPEST WANT; IT STRENGTHENS IN US AS WE GROW OLDER, WISER, BETTER MEN. He came here, not to stay, but to return. The prayer of every Christian heart is: "Oh! Political groups have leaders. 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. The humanity of Jesus Christ is in all its essential features the same. A Christian minister must be a guide to his flock. The moon is at full, and shining in more than ordinary silver brightness. 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. But the moment a wrong motive is cherished in the heart, or an idle word escapes the lips unjudged, your happy experiences are smashed to pieces, and you are all restless and disturbed within, until in brokenness of spirit before God you confess your sin (the disturbing thing), and thus get restored once more to the calm, sweet joy of communion. Hamilton, D. D.Earthly friends are apt to change, and if they do not change they die. For death is a trying hour. We are always tempted to think that this moment is commonplace and insignificant. Martin.Employing the word "yesterday" to represent past time in general, we ask, who beside Jesus Christ is the same to-day as yesterday? Jesus Christ, in all that constitutes His personality and in all that pertains to His character, is the same, and cannot change. We are to imitate them, in the stability and firmness of our faith, and not suffer ourselves to be shaken, and removed from it, by every wind of new doctrine; the faith of Christ being unchangeable as Christ Himself. Let dispensation succeed dispensation, and age follow age, Jesus Christ is "the same unto the ages." His hand is the same — strong even to almightiness. Your heart is the well. LET ME SPEAK TO YOU PERSONALLY OF THE UNCHANGING SAVIOUR. When our impatience has been tamed, and our impetuosity has become subdued; when we have learned to distrust ourselves, and wish for an immutable goodness on which to stay; when we have learned to distrust the world, to look away from things and circumstances; after we have felt weariness and disappointment, we grow to value quiet. Eighteen centuries ago it was said of Him that "He manifested forth His glory." His ear is the same — quick and sensitive; embracing the harmonies of creation, and receiving at the same time the whisper of a little one's prayer. 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! The sky is furthest away from us right over our heads; behind and in front it seems to touch the earth. 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. It has been supposed that the doctrine of God's decrees would repel men, and drive them into infidelity. "He hath an unchangeable priesthood." Your heart is the well. Then let us with all our heart confide in Him to-day. God is immutable in the fundamental elements of His being.4. They lived as Christians; they glorified that Saviour "who is the same yesterday, today, and for ever." It is constancy that is the foundation of hope, and civilisation, and everything that is blessed in the world.(H. Well is it for you who trust in Christ. So He is the same,(1)Yesterday to our fathers;(2)To-day to ourselves;(3)For ever to our children.(T. Guthrie, D. D.Ah! The Greek conjunction toinun, “then,” occurs only three times in the New Testament. And with the changes to which men are subject is associated mutation, which, like waves flowing over sand, affects the condition and appearance of all things. Our life continues the same in many vicissitudes, so long as the persons we have to do with are unchanged. Raleigh, D. D.Sameness is not a quality of things much loved for its own sake. "I write no new commandment unto you"; I preach no new Christ unto you. The one thing of which anticipation may be sure is that nothing continues in one stay. He is not, as men are, changed by time. Can He? Sin will not overmaster you, nor guilt drive you to despair; for He whose blood first cleansed you will cleanse you still, and the ear into which you breathed your first penitence is listening still for your repentant prayer. To-day I This is the favourable time — this is the day of Jesus Christ's salvation. Sin will not overmaster you, nor guilt drive you to despair; for He whose blood first cleansed you will cleanse you still, and the ear into which you breathed your first penitence is listening still for your repentant prayer. Difficulties will not daunt you, for He is the unchanging Helper. It is impossible now to indicate the many-sided aspects of His mediatorial power. Christ in the house, Christ in the home, the same to-day as yesterday. And it is very seldom, after years of absence, that you hear of one whose outward circumstances are nowise different from what they were, and rarer still to hear of one whose dispositions are quite unchanged. 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. 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. Maclaren, D. D.I. II. I am not going to attempt to explain the Mystery. Leadership. The kind and benevolent affections of Jesus are the same, yesterday, to-day, and for ever. the moon hasn't changed one jot or tittle. )The unchanging ChristA. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. "Yes; but you would not know him, he is so greatly altered." It has been supposed that the doctrine of God's decrees would repel men, and drive them into infidelity. "And did you see such a one?" It is remarkable that, when He pronounced these words, not one of them was written down. Man's systems are the shadows on the hillside. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever.(J. 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? is the astonished rejoinder of his companion. Why, then, doth He at any time reduce us to these dismal extremities? His ear is the same — quick and sensitive; embracing the harmonies of creation, and receiving at the same time the whisper of a little one's prayer. In the world to come there may be further dispensations, each fulfilling a thought, and all illustrating the mighty being, of God. To those Christians who would read the words translated "for ever" in their original form, "unto the ages," they would have a further suggestion. THE SAME COMPANION. THE WORDS "FOR EVER" FALL STRANGELY ON OUR EARS; THE SOLEMN FUTURE IS UNKNOWN AND UNIMAGINABLE. 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. He was "with God," then with man, now with God again. That which was love in the beginning, is love now, and will be love for evermore. As opposed to such a conception as this, the Bible teaches God to be one, from eternity to eternity, sovereign and immutable. They were accustomed to look on God's purpose in the universe as unfolding itself in a series of aeons or dispensations. "He ever liveth to make intercession for us." 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. We may be troubled, but we cannot be daunted; surprised, but not unmanned. In either application the words of my text are full of hope and of joy. "All, times are sadly changed with him. Death, or separation, or mutual alienation and distrust put an end to their guidance. Truth and justice are the same now that they were in the beginning, and that they ever will be. 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. "Your old neighbour? I believe he has the same kind heart as ever; but he has not in his power to show it as he was used to do." When a visitor comes from a foreign land where you once sojourned, you ask eagerly about the different acquaintances you once had there. We may stand solitary, where once we stood circled with affection, alone but not alone, for He is with us. You need not fear temptation, for His is an unchanging succour. Beecher. You would be sorry to see him now. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever.(J. Unweariedly He pursues His chosen work as the Mediator, Priest, and Intercessor of men. When our impatience has been tamed, and our impetuosity has become subdued; when we have learned to distrust ourselves, and wish for an immutable goodness on which to stay; when we have learned to distrust the world, to look away from things and circumstances; after we have felt weariness and disappointment, we grow to value quiet. Mackennal, D. D.)The immutability of GodH. In fact, He is not the same yesterday and to-day in the forms and aspects of His existence. "He continueth ever." Jesus Christ, in all that constitutes His personality and in all that pertains to His character, is the same, and cannot change. We may stand solitary, where once we stood circled with affection, alone but not alone, for He is with us. Nor is there any change in the essential purposes of God's moral government. CONSIDER THE MEANING of my text, and the practical instructions it suggests. "And did you see such a one?" 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