The Word of God Remains Forever

1 Peter 1:22-25 ESV

“Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for

“‘All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
but the word of the Lord remains forever.’

“And this word is the good news that was preached to you.”

Obedience to Christ Jesus

Obedience to God, to Christ, is what faith in Jesus Christ is all about. It is our lives surrendered to Jesus Christ in dying with him to sin and in living to him and to his righteousness, in the power of God, not just once but daily. Daily by the Spirit we are to be putting to death the works of the flesh and we are to be walking in the Spirit according to the Word of God, growing and maturing in our walks of faith and in obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ.

[Lu 9:23-26; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-17; Eph 4:17-24; 1 Pet 2:24; Jn 8:51; Jn 14:15-24; Jn 15:10; Matt 7:21-23; 1 Jn 1:5-9; 1 Jn 2:3-6; 1 Jn 3:4-10,24; 1 Jn 5:2-3; 2 Jn 1:6; Rom 2:6-8; Heb 5:9; 1 Pet 1:1-2,22; Jas 1:21-25; 1 Co 10:1-22; Heb 3:1-19; Heb 4:1-13; Php 2:12-13; etc.]

And since we are to be obedient to the truth, then we need to know what that truth is. And the truth is found in the Word of God which must be studied in context. For many people today are pulling select Scriptures out of their context and they are twisting them to say what they are not saying at all. And context can be an entire chapter in the Bible, or it can be a whole book, or it can be the whole of the New Testament or the Bible, as a whole.

It is best to read Scriptures prior to and following after a select passage of Scripture to get the context, but sometimes you will have to expand further than that to get the correct context. The other thing is that, as Christians, we are not under the Old Covenant, but that does not mean we are free to be lawless or that we don’t have to obey the Lord and the New Testament Scriptures written down for us under the New Covenant. We do!

Pure Hearts, Pure Love

If we are truly walking in obedience to our Lord in all things, and we are not just choosing what we will obey and what we won’t obey, and if our obedience is to the Lord, and not just to following a set of rules, i.e. our lives are truly surrendered to him and he is Lord (Owner-Master) of our lives, then our love for him and our love for others should be the love which comes from God, which is a pure love and is that which prefers what God prefers.

Since God is love, and love comes from God, if we love with this kind of love, we will love God and others like God loves, and according to the divine nature and character of God, who is love. Now, this is not saying that our love will always be perfect, but that if we are surrendered to Jesus Christ, and if we are walking in obedience to him, out of that should flow a sincere and pure love coming from pure (unadulterated, untainted) hearts.

So our love for others should consider what is truly best for them, in the eyes of God, i.e. what will benefit them spiritually in their walks of faith or in their knowledge of God and of the gospel so that they can believe in Jesus Christ and be delivered from their lives of sin to now walk in obedience to the commands of God (New Covenant). And we should never deliberately and/or habitually commit evil acts against anyone.

Born Again

When we come into this world, we are born physically in flesh bodies, in sin, and in the image of Adam. And we all fall short of attaining God’s divine approval and acceptance and his righteousness and holiness. We can do nothing in ourselves to earn or to deserve God’s approval and salvation and eternal life with God. It is only because of Jesus’ blood sacrifice for us on that cross, by the grace of God, that any of us can be saved from our sins.

Jesus Christ, God the Son, although he knew no sin (he was sinless), he became sin for us on that cross so that when he died our sins died with him, and when he was raised from the dead, he rose victorious over sin, death, Satan, and hell, on our behalf. So, by faith in Jesus Christ we are, thus, crucified with Christ in death to sin, and we are raised with Christ to walk in newness of life in him, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness, to the glory and praise of God, in his power, strength, and wisdom.

And this is what it means to be “born again.” First we are born physically, and now, by faith in Jesus Christ, we are born spiritually into the family of God. For, our old self was crucified with Christ in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin, but so we might now become slaves of God and of his righteousness. By grace we are saved through faith, and this is a gift of God, not of ourselves. But that gift is deliverance from enslavement to sin, and it is empowerment of God’s Spirit to now live holy and godly lives, pleasing to God.

[Rom 3:23; Rom 5:12-19; 1 Co 15:21-22,42-49; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-17; 1 Pet 2:24; 2 Co 5:15,21; Eph 2:8-10; Eph 4:17-24; Lu 9:23-26]

All Flesh is like Grass

Being born again, thus, is a spiritual birth, and it is of God, not of man. Thus, the gospel which teaches us how to be born again of God must also come from God and not from man. And the place where we learn that gospel is in the New Testament Scriptures in the Bible (Matthew-Revelation). But we must read them in context, for many people today are teaching a false gospel of men that is not consistent with the Scriptures and which is not of God. And they teach Scriptures out of context and they twist them.

For example, Ephesians 2:8-9 must include verse 10, and it should be read in the context of the whole of Ephesians. The same applies with Romans 10:9-10. We can’t build our doctrine of salvation around just those two verses, though many people do. Read all of Romans word for word, prayerfully, listening to the Lord, and you will see that our salvation entails so much more. And John 10:28-30 must be read along with verse 27 which tells us who has these promises. Context is critical to biblical interpretation.

So, don’t rely on other humans to tell you the truth, for there are many liars and deceivers out there who are mere charlatans and wolves in sheep’s clothing whose goal it is to deceive and to manipulate and to twist the truth to their advantage. And so the primary gospel now being taught in America is not the true gospel, for it requires no death to sin nor obedience to Christ and to his word, nor does it require submission to Christ as Lord. So, human flesh withers, but the Word of God remains forever. Believe The Word!

For Our Nation

An Original Work / September 11, 2012

Bombs are bursting. Night is falling.
Jesus Christ is gently calling
You to follow Him in all ways.
Trust Him with your life today.
Make Him your Lord and your Savior.
Turn from your sin. Follow Jesus.
He will forgive you of your sin;
Cleanse your heart, made new within.

Men betraying: Our trust fraying.
On our knees to God we’re praying,
Seeking God to give us answers
That are only found in Him.
God is sovereign over all things.
Nothing from His mind escaping.
He has all things under His command,
And will work all for good.

Jesus Christ is gently calling
You to follow Him in all ways.

Men deceiving: we’re believing
In our Lord, and interceding
For our nation and its people
To obey their God today.
He is our hope for our future.
For our wounds He offers suture.
He is all we need for this life.
Trust Him with your life today.

4 thoughts on “The Word of God Remains Forever

  1. This afternoon my daughter and I saw the theatrical production of C.S. Lewis’s “The Great Divorce,” the dream about people from hell visiting heaven for a day. (Most of them ended up deciding they’d rather live in hell, and they go back.) One of them was a priest who had watered the gospel down so much, his “God” wasn’t even personal. I could hear people in the audience murmuring, “Whoa…” I guess he was a familiar character. :/

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    • Interesting. I am not familiar with that work, though I am familiar with some of his works. I guess they wanted to go back to hell because that is the world they preferred because of the wickedness of their hearts?

      Oh, yes, the gospel is being so watered down today to where some people are teaching that God is just so enamored with us humans that he just wants to be with us because we are so wonderful. So much is all backwards now, turning darkness to light and light to darkness to where the darkness now appears as light and the light is being treated as though it is darkness. It is so very sad!

      Thank you, Annie, for sharing that with me. I will have to look that story up for that sounds very interesting. Sad, though.

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    • I just read the plot summary. Obviously a fantasy and not biblically sound, so it might not be good for someone who is not grounded in the faith to read or watch this, for they may think that there is truth to it. It is really sad to think that, even if it were possible for those in hell to still have a chance to go to heaven that they would turn heaven down and prefer hell, and perhaps that is because hell is not painted in this story as a place of eternal torment. But the reality is that many people living today are preferring hell to heaven by the life choices that they make while they are still alive and have the chance to choose God over self.

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