The Word of God endures forever.

Aug 27, 2008
The Word of God endures forever.

The First Letter of
1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the elect who are sojourners of the
Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
2 according
to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit,
unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you
and peace be multiplied.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according
to his great mercy begat us again unto a living hope by the resurrection of
Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 unto an inheritance incorruptible, and
undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
5 who by
the power of God are guarded through faith unto a salvation ready to be
revealed in the last time.
6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, ye
have been put to grief in manifold trials,
7 that the proof of your faith,
being more precious than gold that perisheth though it is proved by fire,
may be found unto praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus
8 whom not having seen ye love; on whom, though now ye see him
not, yet believing, ye rejoice greatly with joy unspeakable and full of
9 receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
10 Concerning which salvation the prophets sought and searched diligently,
who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
11 searching what
time or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did
point unto, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the
glories that should follow them.
12 To whom it was revealed, that not unto
themselves, but unto you, did they minister these things, which now have
been announced unto you through them that preached the gospel unto you
by the Holy Spirit sent forth from heaven; which things angel desire to
look into.
Wherefore girding up the loins of your mind, be sober and set your hope
perfectly on the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of
Jesus Christ;
14 as children of obedience, not fashioning yourselves
according to your former lusts in the time of your ignorance:
15 but like as
he who called you is holy, be ye yourselves also holy in all manner of
16 because it is written, Ye shall be holy; for I am holy. 17 And if ye
call on him as Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to
each man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning in fear:
18 knowing that
ye were redeemed, not with corruptible things, with silver or gold, from
your vain manner of life handed down from your fathers;
19 but with
precious blood, as of a lamb without spot, even the blood of Christ:
20 who
was foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, but was
manifested at the end of times for your sake,
21 who through him are
believers in God, that raised him from the dead, and gave him glory; so that
your faith and hope might be in God.
22 Seeing ye have purified your souls
in your obedience to the truth unto unfeigned love of the brethren, love
one another from the heart fervently:
23 having been begotten again, not of
corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, through the word of God, which
liveth and abideth.
24 For, All flesh is as grass, And all the glory thereof as the flower of grass.
The grass withereth, and the flower falleth:
25 But the word of the Lord
abideth for ever. And this is the word of good tidings which was preached
unto you.Be encouraged believers stay in the will of God.
Aug 27, 2008
Writing only a few months since, Mr. Spurgeon said: — "We live in
perilous times; we are passing through a most eventful period; the
Christian world is convulsed; there is a mighty upheaval of the old
foundations of faith; a great over-hauling of old teaching. The Bible is made
to speak today in an unknown tongue. Gospel teachings, the proclamation
of which made men fear to sin and dread the thought of eternity, are being
shelved Calvary is being robbed of its glory, sin of its horror, and the
power of the Gospel weakened. There is no use in mincing matters; there
are thousands of us in all denominations who believe that many ministers
have seriously departed from the truths of the Gospel, and a sad decline of
spiritual life is manifest in our churches.... The case is mournful. Certain
ministers are making infidels. Avowed atheists are not a tenth as dangerous
as those preachers who scatter doubt and stab at faith. A plain man told us
the other day that two ministers had derided him, because he thought we
should pray for rain.... Have these advanced thinkers filled their own
chapels? Have they, after all, prospered through discarding the old
methods? The places which the old Gospel filled, the new nonsense has
emptied and will keep empty."