Hold Fast

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you--unless you believed in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:1-2, ESV)

Location: Cochrane, Alberta, Canada

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Sunday Devotional

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. (Isaiah 40:8)

Every fall, the green grass undergoes a change. It yellows and dries out as winter approaches. The flowers, too, wither and disappear as the air grows cold. Nature reminds us each day that we are prone to change – that what this world does and builds is only fleeting and temporary.

God’s Word, though, isn’t like that. As God’s revelation of His infinite and unchanging self, His Word reflects His nature, being itself forever unchanging. God didn’t have to reveal Himself to us. He owes us nothing. But God chose to stoop to a human level and use the gift of human language – a gift He himself gave to us! – in order to make His purpose and will known to us. We call this gift, His Word written, the Bible. And this written Word, by telling us of God’s purpose and will for us, points to and is fulfilled by the Word made flesh – God in human flesh, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

As God’s communication, received by a limited and ever-changing world, the Word may be misunderstood, or twisted, or ignored by sinful human beings. But it remains true – and we remain accountable to God for following it. God has made Himself clear, on our level, through human language and human flesh, and thus we have no excuse for ignoring it. God has protected and preserved His Bible throughout the centuries, by the blood of martyrs and the sweat of scribes. We may be assured that, similarly, His purpose in our salvation will never waver or be defeated. That is our hope.

God bless you all this Lord's Day!


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