JESUS CHRIST THE SAME(Pt. 1)

“Thou art the same, and Your years never come to an end”(Hebrews 1:12b).

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever”(Hebrews 13:8).

We are living in the most challenging and uncertain times in the history of the world. We can truly say as Joshua, ”You have not passed this way before”(Joshua 3:4b). BUT in spite of the many uncertainties, we are not to let this world order set our agenda for these days. The Lord Jesus made it clear that in these last days, “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom.  And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. Many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.  Many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.  And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all nations, and then the end will come”(Matthew 24:6-7,10-14 NKJV).

The apostle Paul tells us (1 Co 7:31) “The fashion of this world is passing away”(1 Co 7:31). The word “fashion” is used only twice in the New Testament, both times used by Paul. The Greek word for fashion is  “SKEMA” which in English we translate as “Scheme”; or it’s use in our English word is “schematic”.  “Fashion” is the word describing, ”The form or arrangement of a thing”. This world order operates on an arrangement that is consistent with fallen Mankind.  Paul warns that a fashion of this world order can, and often has infiltrated the house of God. We can become so religiously driven that we take on in our worship places “a form of godliness but denying its power”(2 Ti. 3:5).  It’s possible in our haste to fulfill our “religious obligations before God” that we forget, ignore or outright resist the Holy Spirit’s work in the midst of His people.  Religion apart from God is Man’s substitute for a true relationship with God.  We can do all the “right things” in the name of God for all the wrong reasons, and God may be nowhere among us.

Paul further tells us “that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine”(Eph. 4:14). In these last days we are seeing more and more strange and unbiblical doctrines preached from pulpits and airwaves, and no one bothers to search the scriptures to see if these things they are hearing are true. Because we are not disciples of the Word of God, we accept easily whatever is the “latest fad of teaching” that blows our way as if it were sound teaching.

We, especially in the West, who have had the Scriptures for hundreds of years will give account on the day of Judgment for our lack of stewardship of the Word of God. How is it that a people who over 70% claim to be “Christian” are so biblically illiterate? We are told that less than 17%(of the 70%) can distinguish the Bible’s teaching from any other “inspired” human literature.  These things ought not to be. The prophet Isaiah declared, ”To the law and the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because they have not light in them”(Isaiah 8:20).

LOOK TO JESUS

The second time the word “fashion” is used by the apostle Paul is found in Philippians 2:5-8. Jesus, though in fashion as a Man, demonstrated the selflessness of a servant of God all the way to the Cross.  He came into this world with an entirely different agenda.  “The Son of man came not to be served but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many”(Mark 10:45).  Jesus gave his life away in the ultimate self-sacrifice to redeem a people from the fashion of this world.

HOW THEN SHOULD WE LIVE?

Because the Scriptures tell us that “Jesus Christ is the same” and God’s word has not changed, what are we to DO as followers of Christ Jesus in the midst of the uncertainty of this world?

(1st) DO NOT LOSE YOUR FOCUS. Once you have embraced Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior keep Him in your sight. “Let Us Fix Our Eyes On Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our Faith”(Heb. 12:1-2)

(2nd) DRAW NEAR TO GOD. “Let us draw near with a true heart full of assurance of faith”(Heb. 10:22). Stay close to God in prayer. God wants to help you navigate these “storm tossed waters” of life.  Prayer helps us stay connected to God. He’s the Captain of your ship.

(3rd) PERSEVERE UNDER TRIAL. “You have need of patience; For AFTER you have done the will of God you shall reap IF you faint not…For He who IS COMING will not delay…”(Read Heb. 10:32-37). Know that God is a Real time and “RIGHT ON TIME GOD”.  He will deliver you. He promised that no matter what goes down in the world He will never leave you or forsake you.  He is the very same Jesus who loves you and cares for you with an everlasting love.

 

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