Memorise Isaiah 40:8
“…but the word of our God shall stand for ever”
This powerful declaration by Christ is actually repeated in all three of the synoptic gospels. In Luke 21:33, Mark 13:31, and here in Matthew 24:35, Jesus affirmed that no matter what happens to this world, God’s Word shall always stand, and never pass away. This phrase “pass away” has the meaning of perishing or to be gone. The universe that God created is vast. Its expanse is beyond our frail and finite understanding and yet God says that even this universe which He created shall come to an end someday, but His words and the truths declared by them shall prevail for eternity. They shall not pass away; they shall not fail.
In the context of what Jesus was teaching, He was referring to the events of the Last Days, when Christ would return the second time, and end in the destruction of the whole world. We know from other parts of Scripture that “the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, and the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10). And then after that, there will be “a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away” (Revelation 21:1). These will all happen at the end of times, after the events of the Great Tribulation and the Millennium. God’s promise, in the light of all these, is that even with all these cataclysmic end of days happening, God’s Word will continue to abide forever, and will never pass away! His perfect promises will continue to stand for eternity, and His perfect Word will always be preserved for us, kept pure through the ages.
When we make our last will and testament, a copy of this is given to the lawyer for safekeeping until such time when it is needed. Any tampering with such a document would render it invalid in a court of law. If human wills are subject to such stringent measures, how much more the will and testament of our omnipotent God? Any tampering with His Word would erode its authority and veracity. Since our God is omnipotent, He never fails in anything He does. What a wonderful promise!
Thought: To think that man can keep his will safe and not God is the epitome of pride and presumptuousness.
Prayer: O Lord, I know not every intricate detail of how You have preserved Your Word, only that You have done so.