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Galatians 5:16But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.

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The Word of God is Here to Stay

The word of God is the standard for man's eternal existence. Divine revelation is identified as the truth or the gospel (Eph. 1:17). The prophet Amos viewed it as a plumb-line that establishes acceptable and unacceptable behavior (Amos 7:78). The prophet Hosea compared the word of God to a immovable landmark that establishes right from wrong (Hosea 5:10-11). Jesus said that God's word was the divinely established truth that makes a division between the identity of the righteous and wicked (Matthew 7:22ff). Divine revelation may be viewed as black and white with no shades of gray (l 1 Corinthians 14:33). The design of divine revelation is eternal, non-yielding to man's opinions, and set in stone (Il 1 Corinthians 1:12; 2:17; etc). Jesus said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away" (Matthew 24:35). The prophet Zechariah said that men's fathers and the prophets of the land would pass away but the words of Jehovah God will not (see Zechariah 1:5-6).

Knowing the nature of gospel truths helps us to see just how daring and reckless it would be for man to exchange the truth for a lie (see Romans 1:25; Il Pet. 2:10). How can one change the unchangeable? How can someone move that which is immovable? Try as man may they cannot and will not ever be able to change the word of God. Those who move God's landmark and try to re-establish the standard of truth have not only trespassed (Eph. 2:1; Colossians 2:13) but they shall pay an eternal high price (Deuteronomy 4:2; Revelation 22:18ff). The word of God is clear on the matter. Those who try to fight against God's divinely established revelation shall fail (Acts 26:14). Those who try to limit, conceal, and or enchain the gospel's truths shall also fail (Il Tim. 2:9). The apostle Paul said, "If we are faithless, he abides faithful; for he cannot deny himself! (Il Tim. 2:13).

God's promises of salvation remain no matter who perverts, rejects, or disobeys its principles.

The word of God is reliable. We can count on its consistency and truth for all eternity. It's like going to Walmart for dog food or shampoo (no disrespect intended). Dog food and shampoo are always in the same place. We walk into the store and know exactly where to go. We get what we need and check out. Likewise, if I want to study the subject of baptism, redemption, God's grace, the covenants, and any other spiritual topic I know exactly where to go in God's word to find it. Year in and year out baptism and other subjects are in the same book, chapter, and verse. The divine standard has not changed over thousands of years and it will remain that way for ever. God's people can be confident and find security in such consistency that has been divinely established by Jehovah.

The firm foundation of established standards of truth equate to law. God's divine revelation to man is identified as law throughout the Bible (see Romans 3:27; Galatians 6:2 etc.). All men, at some point in life, violate God's divine standard or law (Romans 3:23). When one violates law it is termed sin or lawlessness (l John 3:4). God's all time intention for man; however, is absolute sinless perfection (Matthew 5:48; Galatians 3:10; 1 Peter 1:15ff). Herein lies the distinction between the first and second law or covenants of God. The first law (Law of Moses) could not remove sin in man's life (Hebrews 10:1ff). The second law (Law of Christ) provides justification from sins committed and thereby the capacity of man to maintain perfection (Hebrews 7:18-19). All of mankind ought to seriously consider the eternal divine nature of Jehovah God and His high expectations of man (1 John 1:1-5). The Lord tells us that no unclean (sinful) person will be in heaven (Revelation 21:27).

Have you considered the standard of divine revelation? I pray that you would with a since of both urgency and seriousness consider the state of your soul in relation to the divinely established standard. The standard explains what you must do to have your sins (lawless deeds) erased, justified, and or forgiven (see Acts 2:38). Have you been baptized for the remission of your sins? Are you giving it your all to live Godly in this present world (Revelation 2:10)?

John Roberson

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