By W. Terry Varner
The world is temporal. Life on
this earth is in constant change. We are told “the
world passeth away” (1 John 2:17) and “the earth and
the works therein shall be burned up” (2 Peter
3:10). Peter reminds us that our “flesh is as grass”
(1 Peter 1:24). Solomon says, “The dust shall return
to the earth” (Eccl. 12:7). It is in the midst and
reality of constant change that man longs for
something permanent. The answer to our dilemma
is--THE UNCHANGING CHRIST.
CHRIST’S SALVATION HAS NOT
CHANGED. Salvation is deliverance from sin. The
salvation brought by Jesus Christ has not changed in
either its content or conditions. The “great
salvation” was “first spoken through the Lord” (Heb.
2:3). Peter stated of Christ, “thou hast the words
of eternal life” (John 6:68). None can go to heaven
except [if and only if] through Christ. “I am the
way, and the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto
the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Christ still
calls men by faith (Heb. 11:6), repentance (Luke
13:3), confession (Acts 8:37), baptism (John 3:3,
5), and a life of putting first things first (Matt.
CHRIST’S KINGDOM HAS NOT CHANGED.
Paul writes that Christ’s kingdom “cannot be shaken”
(Heb. 12:28). This harmonizes with Daniel’s prophecy
of the eternal nature of the kingdom as, “the God of
heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be
destroyed... and It shall stand for ever” (Dan.
2:44). The words “kingdom” and “church” describe
different aspects of the same thing. “Kingdom”
describes the rule and spiritual sovereignty of God.
“Church” describes the members [Christians] who
compose the kingdom and are under God’s rule (Col.
1:18). The “kingdom” while in the world has been
“translated out of the power of darkness” (Col.
1:13). In the kingdom/church men have (1) redemption
by the blood of Christ (Col. 1:14) and (2)
forgiveness of sins (Col. 1:14).
CHRIST’S PROMISES SHALL NOT
CHANGE. Added to the unchanging salvation and
kingdom, the unchanging Christ has promises to His
faithful that shall not change. All spiritual
blessings shall always remain in Christ (Eph. 1:3).
Christ’s role as High Priest extends help of mercy
and grace to those who hold fast shall always remain
(Heb. 4:14-16). The promise of judgment (2 Cor.
5:10) and the determination of the eternal destiny
of all men (Matt. 25:46) shall always remain. Truly,
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yea
and forever” (Heb. 13:8).
- via the weekly bulletin of the Harrisburg Church
of Christ in Harrisburg, IL. You may visit
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