6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, And look on the earth beneath. For the heavens will vanish away like smoke, The earth will grow old like a garment, And those who dwell in it will die in like manner; But My salvation will be forever, And My righteousness will not be abolished.
7 “Listen to Me, you who know righteousness, You people in whose heart is My law: Do not fear the reproach of men, Nor be afraid of their insults.
8 For the moth will eat them up like a garment, And the worm will eat them like wool; But My righteousness will be forever, And My salvation from generation to generation.”
In the Bible God teaches us about Himself. He reveals details of who He is and then wants us to rest in Him. We are able to rest in God by putting our faith in all that He reveals to us about Himself. In this passage God tells us that His salvation will be forever and His righteousness will not be abolished. He then says that His righteousness will be forever and that His salvation will be from generation to generation.
In the years of my lifetime I have watched many religions claim that they have the keys to salvation and those who would follow their faith system (which was always a system of faith in human efforts) would find salvation. In Revelation 1 John sees the risen Jesus who calls Himself the Alpha and the Omega, which means that Jesus is the beginning and the end of all salvation.
If we ever think that salvation from our sin is discoverable form any source other than the God of heaven, we will be mistaken. Only in God and through His plan, which begins and ends with faith in the completed work of Jesus Christ, is eternal salvation found.
We also learn that God’s righteousness is will not be abolished. God is the One who established righteousness, which gives us the standard of what is right and what is wrong. Whenever God says something is right then it is right. Conversely, whenever God says something is wrong then it is wrong. Again, in my lifetime I have witnessed the puny efforts of men and women to redefine God’s definitions of righteousness to fit their lifestyles. In an effort to justify their sinful desires mankind has sought to re-write what God says is right and what God says is wrong.
One of God’s primary attributes is His holiness. Since God has defined holiness we cannot redefine it. No, we are called to be holy as He is holy. At salvation, God imputes us with the righteousness of Jesus Christ. We then get an inner definition of right and wrong from God. His salvation and His righteousness then define us.
Here are the details of Nancy Schmidt’s funeral. Saturday morning, at 10:00, the church will be open until 11:30 for the wake and time with the family. At 11:30 the funeral service will start. The burial will be Monday morning. Church ladies, we have offered to provide snack trays for the family during the wake. If you can help with this please bring the trays before 10:00 as the family wake begins at 9:00.
Sunday after church is our church dinner. Just a reminder that this is the first Sunday of the month.
Men, I will be meeting with you for our prayer breakfast at Denny’s at 7:30 Saturday morning.
Have a great day in the Lord,