As Christians, we read the Bible not only to fill our minds with knowledge but so that we may be able to grow in our relationship with God. These words are not meant to stay in our brains but also will live in our hearts so that in return, we may be able to love God and His people.
Last February 4, 2018, Ptr. Erwin Balanay of Victory Katipunan shared us the timeliness and timelessness of the Bible. Timeliness such that it’s principles and teachings are always significant anytime.
In every decision that we do, in any situation that we are in, we can always run to His word to help us decide correctly. It is timeless such that it does not only apply to our ancestor’s ancestors but also in the present time and in the time to come because His word remains forever.
‘…but the word of the Lord remains forever.’ And this word is the good news that was preached to you.
I Peter 1:25
How does it become timely and timeless?
Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of the imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God.
1 Peter 1:23
It is said in 1 Peter 1:23 that His word is living. As we may have know it, living means to be alive, breathing, active. But when we look at the original word used in the Bible which is zontos, it does not only mean that it is alive and active but also means that it is actively looking to give life.
When we read God’s word, it is not actually us who found it but it the word which found us. It was God who found us.
This part right here is just so overwhelming because even the times when we forget reading the Bible, it is constantly looking for us. That time when trials come, when we battle against sin, when we have to make a big decision, when we thought everything in our lives will fail, His word is constantly pursuing us.
It pursues us so that we will come to open and read it. God is always seeking and thinking about us and our response should be: Read His word.
Did you ever wonder why the Bible, which is really really old, is still being used and read today? Also, it is the book that is mostly read by almost all the people all over world. Among all the other books written in the same era as that of the Bible, the Bible remained being actively used and learned upon. Why? Because it is timeless!
His word is abiding. When we say to abide, it means that it will last long, enduring for a long time. Apparently, the Greek word used in this verse is menontos, which means to last forever. Not only for a long time, but forever!
It is something you cannot measure. Something who’s end cannot be seen. God’s word remains true forever. It’s principles and teaching are still applicable and evident right at this very moment.
Amidst all the words given out by different books and authors, God’s word will forever remain true.
Why is it timely and timeless?
In the beginning was the Word, and the word was with God, and the Word was God.
1 John 1:1
The word “Word” there is logos in the original language which means the divine reason of God, the ultimate message of God to man, and is eternal which pertains to JESUS.
Jesus is the word who already existed in the beginning, He was with God and He is God. Jesus is the ultimate message that God sends us, His people.
And Jesus is the “good news that was preached to you“. He is the good news for God sent Him to die for our sins, He was buried and He rose again to prove that He is the Son of God. And He is living and abiding!
Everything in the word points to Jesus.
[Insights on Ptr. Erwin Balanay’s preaching last February 4, 2018 @Victory Katipunan during the 1pm Sunday service.]