The Bible clearly states that Jesus never changes. He is the same today as He was two thousand years ago. He never changes. This means that He is not wishy-washy or indecisive. What He said yesterday still applies today.
And the Bible says that Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God, therefore God never changes. He is the same God that spoke the world into existence and proclaimed that it was good.
7 Remember your leaders [for it was they] who brought you the word of God; and consider the result of their conduct [the outcome of their godly lives], and imitate their faith [their conviction that God exists and is the Creator and Ruler of all things, the Provider of eternal salvation through Christ, and imitate their reliance on God with absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness]. 8 Jesus Christ is [eternally changeless, always] the same yesterday and today and forever. 9 Do not be carried away by diverse and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be established and strengthened by grace and not by foods [rules of diet and ritualistic meals], which bring no benefit or spiritual growth to those who observe them. (Hebrews 13:7-9 AMP)
This also means that God’s word never changes. What He spoke to His holy prophets to record in a book is still applicable for us today. Therefore, here are just a few things that we can be assured to never hear God say.
Since you all seem to love sin so much, forget everything I said about sin. God will never say this. Sin is still as repulsive to God today as it was when He gave His Ten Commandments to Moses for Israel’s instruction and purification, and when He sent Jesus to be the remedy for sin.
I’m sure you’ve noticed that today there seems be a race taking place in the world to see who can commit the MOST sin. They are calling everything pure and holy, filth, and everything vile and disgusting, okay. They’ve embraced sin and refuse to let go.
Some of this has also started to trickle into the church. We seem to want to imitate the world, embrace more and more sin, disobey God and still try and make it to heaven. But we are not called to be imitators of the world, rather imitators of Jesus Christ.
Sin is repulsive to God. If this were not so, Jesus would never have died. He died to take away our sin and to cleanse us and purify us from the filth of the world. We should hate sin as much as God hates sin.
Something else God will never say…
Do whatever you want to do. Be you. I once heard a pastor say that he was at an event where he was seated at a table with a group of people he did not know. Through casual conversation one of the ladies at the table asked him what he did. He told her that he was a pastor. When she heard this she was a little dismayed.
This lady told this pastor that she had told herself before she came to the event that she didn’t really care where she sat she just didn’t want to sit next to a pastor. She went on to tell him that she had been struggling with lesbianism for years and did not want to hear a lecture from a pastor about her struggles being a sin. The pastor’s response: That’s you. You be you. As I sat there during the service listening to this my thought was “what does that mean?” “You be you.”
I thought later on how this would have been a perfect opportunity for the pastor to minister to the hurt in her. Not to condemn her, but to heal her wherever she hurt, as Jesus would have done, and as He did with the woman who was caught in the act of adultery.
This woman was brought to Jesus by a group of hypocrites who intended to stone her to death for her sin. But Jesus, after carefully listening to the crowd, told the crowd “let he who is without sin among you cast the first stone.” Then He stooped down and began to write on the ground.
When He looked up the crowd was gone and only the condemned woman stood before Him. Jesus asked her “where are your accusers?” “Does no one stand to accuse you?” She said to Him “no one, Lord.” Jesus then said to her “neither do I accuse you.” “Go and sin no more.”
Can you imagine the grace and love this woman felt in that moment? Jesus could have picked up a stone and threw it at her, as I’m sure the crowd of hypocrites wanted Him to do. But what good would that have done?
Jesus came on a mission to heal all who were broken by sin, and to seek and to save the lost. This woman who stood before Him was in need of healing, so Jesus healed her with forgiveness for her sins. He spoke life into her. Not death.
Forgiveness is powerful. Jesus offers it to all who are genuinely repentant. The goal of repentance is that after you have received it to not turn back into sin, but to turn away from it. To become repulsed by it, as God is. God is able to heal us where we are broken, be it physically, mentally, emotionally, and/or spiritually. May we all be healed by God’s forgiveness.
When the prophet Nathan came to David after he had sinned with Bathsheba and had her husband Uriah killed, David said: “O God, against you, and you only have I sinned. For I was born into sin, and in sin did my mother conceive me” (Psalm 51).
Jeremiah said “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9).
God knows that we are sinful beings controlled by our sinful flesh. The flesh is at war with God. Our flesh wants to do whatever it wants to do, and have whatever it wants, when it wants it.
We must therefore learn to tame our flesh, keeping it under subjection to God. Otherwise it will cause us to continually sin against God. God offers us the help we need to walk according to His will. And God’s will will always lead us into a perfect relationship with God.
And God’s forgiveness offers us just the thing we need if we should fall. What we have to do is pick ourselves back up, dust ourselves off, and turn back around (to God) and keep walking on this narrow road toward our eternal rest.
Heaven should be in our view at all times. Don’t look to the left. Don’t look to the right. Keep your eyes on God. He will lead us in our journey making sure we arrive at our destination safely.
The road may seem long and it may seem hard. But with God’s help we can make it. He will never leave our side. He will always walk with us. And sometimes when we feel we don’t have the strength to go on, He may very well carry us. His goal is that we make it to heaven, where we will finally be at peace.
Be encouraged my brother. Be encouraged my sister. God is not through with us yet. We have not fallen so far that God’s love can’t pick us back up. It’s never too late to turn to God. God’s arms are open wide to receive us, to offer us forgiveness, His love, protection, and rest for our tired souls. If you can just hang on a little while longer you will see the glory of God!
Has He said it, and shall He not do it?!