Some Things Never Change

Man on a Mountain at Night

As one year quickly draws to a close, it is customary for us to look back at the changes that have taken place in our lives and look ahead to changes that may be coming in the future. While our lives are filled with change, it is important for us to remember that there are some things that never change. In this brief article, I want us to be reminded of a few of these.

The Love of God

God’s love is what makes salvation possible for us. Jesus said, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). This love is constant. It is the reason why those under the old law were preserved despite their apostasy (Malachi 3:6) and it is the reason why the world stands today (2 Peter 3:9). God loves us and wants us to be saved so we can be with Him for eternity.

The Authority of Christ

Jesus said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18). Because He has “all authority,” we must be sure that we “do all in the name of the Lord” (Colossians 3:17). Our responsibility to conform to His will continues as long as this earth stands. In the end, judgment will be according to His word (John 12:48). If we fail to do His will, we will be condemned for practicing “lawlessness” (Matthew 7:21-23).

The Truth of His Word

The word of God is truth (John 17:17; Psalm 119:160). The truth of His word does not change; instead, it is “forever…settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89). Peter noted that the word of God “endures forever” (1 Peter 1:25). Because of this, man has no right to change God’s word. We are not to assume that the passage of time means that the truth contained in God’s word may be altered. Paul issued a clear warning to any who would alter the word of God – those who would do so are to be “accursed” (Galatians 1:8-9).

The Sinfulness of Man

Paul said, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). This sinfulness is not due to some inherited depravity as Calvinists will contend, but is due to the choice of men to sin. The wise man said, “God made men upright, but they have sought out many devices” (Ecclesiastes 7:29). Paul said the “wages of sin” – death (Romans 6:23) – “spread to all men,” not because the first man sinned, but “because all sinned” (Romans 5:12). This sin caused a separation between man and God (Isaiah 59:2).

The Need for Salvation

Because “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23), man is in need of salvation. This salvation is only found in Christ who described Himself as “the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Peter said, “There is no other name under heaven…by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). This salvation that is only in Christ can only be obtained by following His plan. This includes belief (John 8:24; Hebrews 11:6), repentance (Luke 13:3, 5; Acts 17:30), confession (Romans 10:9-10), and baptism (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16), followed by a life of faithful obedience (Hebrews 5:9; Revelation 2:10).

The Brevity of Life

Death is a certainty. The Hebrew writer said, “It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Our lives here are short: “As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, or if due to strength, eighty years, yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; for soon it is gone and we fly away” (Psalm 90:10). Not only are our lives short, but they could end at anytime. We are “just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away” (James 4:14).

Conclusion

No matter what changes take place around us, some things remain constant. God loves us and wants us to be saved, but we must obey the Lord and follow His word. Let us be busy doing this in the short time we have on the earth so that we might please Him in all things.


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