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The Self-existence and Immutability of God.

The Self-existence and Immutability of God.

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BY REV. C. SIMEON, M.A.




Exod. iii, 14. And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM :
and He said, Thus shalt thou say unto the childreii of Israelj
I AM hath sent me unto you.
BY REV. C. SIMEON, M.A.




Exod. iii, 14. And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM :
and He said, Thus shalt thou say unto the childreii of Israelj
I AM hath sent me unto you.

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THE SELF-EXISTECE AD IMMUTABILITY OF GOD. BY REV. C. SIMEO, M.A. Exod. iii, 14. And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM : and He said, Thus shalt thou say unto the childreii of Israelj I AM hath sent me unto you. IT is of great importance that Ministers should be considered as ambassadors of God — And that they should deliver nothing which they cannot enforce with, Thus saith the Lord — Without this, their word can have but little weight — • But ministrations thus supported will produce the happiest effects — Moses was commissioned to offer deliverance to the oppressed Israelites — But he rightly judged that they would ask. From whence he had his authority — He 47.] SELF-EXISTECE AD IMMUTABILITY OP GOD. 263 He therefore inquired of God, Wiiat answer he should return — And received from God the direction recorded in the text —
 
To understand the words aright, we must consider, I. The title God assumed — The Deity had hitherto revealed himself to man by the name of God Almighty — Though he had been called Jehovah, he was not fully known by that name, even to his most highly- favoured servants'" — He now was pleased to assume a title similar to that ; but, if possible, of still plainer import — The name, I AM THAT I AM, represents him to be Self-existent — [Creatures have only a derived, and therefore a dependent, existence — They are now what they once were not, and may again cease to be — But God from all eternity was precisely what he now is — To him therefore this august title may be properly applied — or are there wanting other similar descriptions of him to confirm it'' — ] Immutable — [Every creature in earth and heaven is liable to change — But '^ with God there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning" — He himself claims immutability as his own peculiar preroga- tive^ —
 
And in this view, the title assumed in the text must ever belong to him — ] Incomprehensible — [o words can convey, or imagination conceive, an adequate idea of God ** — Hence God does not endeavour to explain his nature to Mo?es — But, by declaring himself to be what he is, intimates, that he is what can neither be comprehended nor expressed — His answer, in effect, was similar to that which he afterwards gave to Manoah® — ] The ' Exod. vi. 3. * Ps. cii. 27. Rev. i. 4. " Mai. iii. 6. ^ Job xi. 7. 1 Tim. vi. I6. ' Judg. xiii. 17, 18. 264 EXODUS, III. 14. [47. The title thus explained, it will be proper to con- sider, II. For what end he assumed it — The Israelites were extremely debased by means of their long bondage — It was necessary therefore to prepare their minds for the intended deliverance — [Though they groaned under their oppression, they were too

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