Scripture Reading: Revelation 22
And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
This generation—confusing statement. Perhaps talking about the destruction of Jerusalem, the original context of the conversation—Luke 21:6-7. Don’t lose focus and get distracted by this temporal life. God’s Word will come true.
For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.
Settled—stands as firmly as heaven. Earth is temporal, heaven is eternal. God’s word is heavenly, it’s eternal.
Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
From beginning—the whole sum and substance of God’s Word is truth and is eternal. Fear of God is the beginning or sum of wisdom.
The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:7 The grass withers, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the Lord blows upon it: surely the people is grass. 8 The grass withers, the flower fades: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
All flesh—all created things and all endeavors of created things are temporal. God’s word is abiding, eternal truth, why listen to temporal people and their impressive edifices to hold up their authority? It will all pass, God’s Word will not.
1 Peter 1:22-25
Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
Obeying truth purifies us. If something is true, it demands a change in what we do. Continue to grow in more love for each other. Being born again makes us eternal beings with an eternal power in God’s word to sustain us! Endures—stays in its place, abides, will not change.
God’s word is eternal, so there is folly in taking away from it or adding to it. How can you add eternal words? How can you remove what is eternal?
Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
Pure—refined, no extraneous bits. Adding to His word brings you under His reproof and you will be found to be a liar as His Word goes along being truth.
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
This book—specifically the Book of Revelation, but may also be extended to the book of the entire New Covenant. The longer we are here, the more we are tempted to mess with God’s book and not take Him at His word. Even so come, I’m tired of the idiocy.