This quote on the passibility of God was taken from Matthew Henry’s commentary on Amos 9:1:
God is passible. He can be affected by the actions of his creatures. His possession of genuine character ensures his genuine feeling. The moral perfection of that character ensures his feeling appropriately. “There must be so much or such kind of passibility in him that he will feel toward everything as it is, and will be diversely affected by diverse things according to their quality” (Bushnell). Therefore “he is angry with the wicked every day.” Sin is to him as smoke to the eyes and vinegar to the teeth. It pains him inevitably, and leads to that infinitely pure recoil of his nature from evil, and antagonism to it, in which his wrath consists.
Few Christians believe that God is affected by the actions of his creatures, but he is. When people understand the view of a passible God, their appreciation for God and their understanding of God’s action in the world will grow.
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary
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