“My apologies, but this is me taking a break from the Vengeance articles.” – S.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I thank God for his great patience, and there are times when I feel that God is thinking, “Wow, it’s about time he got it.” I’m not offering anything in the way of something new here, but what I am sharing is just something that struck me out of the blue. It’s along the lines of a Homer Simpson, “Dhoh!” moment.
I don’t remember if I was reading the following or if I was discussing this with someone, but the question of the relevance of the Bible came up. It was something like, “Why is what Jesus said or did relevant today? Why is the Bible relevant?” I contemplated that question, and wondered if that was directly asked of me, what would I say? Well, I have an answer, and as answers often come to me, namely out of the blue, this question was answered. As I sat listening to Doyle’s message in church this Sunday, the word ‘immutable’ was throw out in the sermon.
Immutable: unchanging through time; unalterable; ageless (adj.)
In context of God, it means that God/Jesus is never changing. They are one in the same, of the same essence, which is forever and eternal. Once he utters something it is eternal. God keeps his word, and will hasten to perform it.
Numbers 23:19 (NASB)
God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent;
Has He said, and will He not do it?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
Jeremiah 1:12 (NASB)
Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to perform it.”
In addition, His attributes never change…
Malachi 3:6 (NASB)
“For I, the LORD, do not change; …”
So, in the Bible, we can say that with God and Jesus, ‘What You See Is What You Get.’ There is no big revelation here, other than to me probably, but I finally get why we need to constantly be reading the Bible. Since Jesus is unchanging, and his words do not change, nor do his feelings and emotions, that makes Jesus as relevant today as he was back then. You want to know about God, read the New Testament.
Did he not say the following?
John 14:7 (NASB)
“If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.”
John 14:9 (NASB)
Jesus said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
It’s such a simple thing. Do you want to know Jesus? THEN take a walk and talk with him through the New Testament. As you read, pray and talk to him. Prayer is nothing more than dialog with Jesus. And whether you get the concept of the trinity or not, the one thing you need to grasp is that we can know how God/Jesus feels right now, not felt, because he is still alive today and immutable. We can know what he thought about things like family, friends, sinners, and we know about his life by how he lived, what he did, and what he said. The Bible is relevant today, because if we want to get to know Jesus Christ we can.
Hebrews 13:8 (NASB)
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
So my advice is to go take a walk, that’s what I’m gonna do.
Grace and Peace to you,