THE LIVING AND ENDURING WORD OF GOD
For, ‘All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.’ And this is the word that was preached to you (1 Peter 1: 24-25).
This world and everything in it is transient – passing away.
Contrary to the evolutionists who insist that everything in the world is evolving upwards, observation and common sense tell us that this is not true. Death and decay follow birth as surely as night follows day.
Take the mayfly, for example, which exists only to reproduce and die. For what purpose? We don’t know. Its larvae spend years in the silt at the bottom of the river, waiting for the perfect conditions to rise to the surface, shed their skin and mate. All in the course of one day, the males mate and die and the females lay their eggs and die. The eggs become larvae and the whole cycle begins again.
Every living creature, large and small, lives to pass on its genes to the next generation and, for the males of the species, the battle for the right to mate is fierce, even to the death.
Self-preservation is equally strong in the human race. We fight to stay alive. Medical science has advanced in every possible way to keep us alive, even when our brains have ceased to function. Side by side with the desire to live forever is the instinctive belief that there is life after death. Even people who are primitive in their cultures have a belief in an afterlife. Only the cynical feel that death is the end of it all.
The problem is that most people, at the same time, cling to this life and to the transient world system in which we live as though it will go on forever. Unfortunately for those who have made this present world their permanent home, it is a vain hope because the world as it is, is condemned to judgment and destruction. It has been corrupted through sin. It and those who cling to its standards and practices will perish when Jesus returns.
We have only one guarantee of escaping the judgment that is to fall on everything that is corrupt, that is, everything that does not fulfil the purpose for which it was created; to be reunited with the God who made us for His purposes. Everything that does not fulfil God’s will is doomed to destruction.
God’s word is indestructible. According to Hebrew interpretation, His word is the manifestation of Himself in another form. We know that Jesus is the living Word of God, the visible manifestation of the Father in human form. His spoken word is inseparable from Himself because, again, it is a manifestation of Himself in another form. His word cannot die because it is perfect – and that which is perfect has no death in it.
And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible; like gold refined seven times (Psa. 12: 6).
Heaven and earth will pass away but my words will never pass away (Matt. 24:35).
How then can we be sure that we are not part of the imperfect world that is passing away?
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For everything in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life – comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever (1 John 2: 15-17).
We have only one guarantee of eternal life. God’s indestructible seed, His word must be planted in our hearts. It is through belief in what God has spoken that we are rescued from a life of sin and are being transformed into the likeness of Jesus. Sin is the killer. In order to live forever, sin must be removed and our lives set on a course to be recreated in the image of our Creator.
Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator (Col. 3: 9-10).
For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. . . (1 Peter 1: 23).
No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; they cannot go on sinning because they have been born of God (1 John 3: 9).
God’s “seed”, His eternal Word, written on our hearts as He promised in the New Covenant (Jeremiah 31 – 34), is the guarantee that we will live forever with Him.
Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.