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Hebrews 13.7-9 and Jude 1.3 – God’s eternally valid revelation
Posted: 22 February 2011 in Hebrews, Jude

Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.

Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

In the world that we live in, everything is in a constant state of flux – that which today is, tomorrow will not be. Only one thing is unchanging, and that thing is God and his word. After due allowance has been made for what is culturally conditioned (for instance, slavery is no longer considered acceptable) that which the Bible has to tell us about God, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning, remains as valid today as it was the day it was written, and as it will be a thousand years from now (if we survive that long).

I recently had an email exchange with somebody, and I will quote just one sentence from it:

Oh wait, never mind. That’s beastly. So why can’t we have a God in the middle?

The point is that this person did not much care for the God who reveals himself in the Bible, so he wanted to ditch it, and have a “God in the middle” instead. In my understanding it was precisely to teach us, and to forestall that kind of subjectivism, that God’s eternal and unchanging word was given to us.

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