February 3, 2013

Imperishable Things – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers,”  (I Peter 1:18)

There are many things that appear very valuable to our natural eyes… stacks and stacks of gleaming gold bricks at Fort Knox…the immense store of sparkling diamonds owned by Kimberly and De Beers. But we need to be reminded that all the wealth of the entire world cannot redeem one soul. All the combined treasures are an ephemeral mist, perishing in a world sentenced to “the slavery to corruption” (Romans 8:12).

The entire physical creation is decaying and dying. In fact, one day all these “elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and  its works will be  burned up.” (II Peter 3:10). Even the amazing seeds which “miraculously” germinate and transmit life are “perishable” (I Peter 1:23). The apostle Paul refers to all mankind as “corruptible man” (Rom.1:23). Modern science recognizes this universal principle of decay as one of its most basic laws–the law of increasing entropy, or disorder.

In the midst of this perishing world a few things are permanent.

God

God Himself is appropriately described as the “incorruptible God” (Romans 1:23). Paul taught the church at Rome about the “Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God.” (Romans 16:26). One of the four living creatures before the heavenly throne spoke of “God, who lives forever and ever.” (Revelation 15:7).

The Enduring Word

Today, many tremble with reverence at the ever-changing, self-contradicting pronouncements of naturalistic scientists. They often foolishly bash their stubborn heads against an immovable stump, the “imperishable…the living and enduring word of God.” (I Peter 1:23).  Jesus assures us that “heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35).

The Precious Blood

In contrast to the perishing silver and gold by which we cannot be redeemed, we rely on the constant, timeless “precious blood of Christ” (I Peter 1:19).

The Christian’s Hope

Peter promises us “a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away…” (I Peter 1:3-4).

The Christian’s Crown

Paul guarantees that while others work to “receive a perishable crown; but we an imperishable” (I Corinthians 9:25).

The Christian’s Changed Body

Finally, our own dying bodies will themselves be redeemed, “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.” (I Corinthians 15:52-53).

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