“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” (Matt. 24:35)
“For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.” (Isaiah 65:17)
I have been wondering lately, why does the Almighty desire that His written Word, the Holy Bible, needs to last throughout all eternity? What reason, after several hundred thousand years, would we need to look into His Word?
Beyond the history lessons that are revealed in it, all of His wonders and grace, one would presume after several hundred eons of time, that it would be well established in all of us who have been glorified, not to say that we will ever know the Almighty fully, for we will not, but in that amount of time one would think that much more than the basic precepts would be more than familiar to us.
It does answer the question, at least in part, of any suspicion of having no memory of this life, and as has been addressed in those short letters previously, if all the past was removed from us, we would not remember why those scars are in our Savior’s hands, feet and side, much less the truths revealed to us in the Scriptures. Anything beyond those thoughts would be useless conjecture, and so I will get to the point, is His Word within you?
Not just in that application of Psalm 119:11, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Or as David said, “I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.” (Psalm 119:15) But are the truths of the Scriptures, the revealed Word and will of God within you causing you to act upon them, and solely for His glory?
“And David said to all the congregation, Now bless the LORD your God. And all the congregation blessed the LORD God of their fathers, and bowed down their heads, and worshipped the LORD, and the king.” (1st Chr. 29:20)
Do you reveal those truths to others, and I do not mean here only those signs of the days we are in, but of His love, His compassion and great care of every soul ever created. His wrath may abide on the wicked, ours is not too, they may be on the slow descent into hell, but they are not there yet.
People enjoy stories, we call them the accounts of the Scriptures. Before my lovely wife was saved, during our evening meal I would offer her those accounts from the Scriptures, not reading them, but simply loosely speaking of them from memory.
Of David and Bethsheba. “And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man.” (2nd Sam. 12:7a)
Of Abraham. “And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.” (James 2:23)
Paul’s prison times, Peter weeping bitterly, Noah, Adam and Eve.
Now she reads from devotional books for us three times a day. His Word, His everlasting Word, now abides in her heart, and she shares that with not only me, but with all that will listen to her.
I could be wrong here, but I do not believe that any of us will ever have the entire Bible memorized, I do not know why it would be necessary, for we will be in the presence of the writer of it for all eternity. Why we would need a reminder of it throughout all that time is also a mystery to me, and so the question stands, the Words of God that you have hidden in your heart, are you sharing them with others, if the Lord Jesus Christ is truly your personal Savior, are you offering His person to the people you meet?
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” (James 1:22)
It does no one else any good whatsoever if you keep His Words in your heart, if you keep them hidden from those you meet, in fact, the one who claims to know the Savior and does not share Him with others should seriously consider whether they are truly saved or not.
Some of the former things will never be forgotten my friends, why He wants His Words to last forever is up to Him who spoke them.