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February 2021 Newsletter

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Excerpt from Pastor Parsons' article: Fades or Endures Forever

 

Fades or Endure Forever


6 A voice says, “Cry out.” And I said, “What shall I cry?” “All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. 7 The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”
(Isaiah 40:6-8)


           
Will you fade? Or will you endure forever? Isaiah shares with us God’s desired answer and how we can reach his goal for us. He also shows us how we will never reach that end. It is God’s will that we endure forever, that we reap all the benefits of redemption and forgiveness that Jesus has earned for us.
            In order to receive eternal life, our focus must never be on things that will fade away, that will come to an end. Such things cannot provide salvation. Notice the kinds of things God said will fade away. “All people are like grass . . . [which] withers because the breath of the LORD blows on them.” We cannot hope to reach heaven if we look to ourselves for salvation. Nothing we do will last because every-thing we do and everything we are is infected with sin. And sin brings only death.


           But what if we are faithful? God addresses

what it means to have saving faith . . . and what is not a saving faith. “Their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field . . . [which] fall because the breath of the LORD blows on them.” OUR faithfulness, like us, is going to fade away. This happens if our faith is not focused properly on Christ. There is any number of reasons this may be, but ultimately, the problem is that we tend to focus on what we can do for salvation.


            We’ve obeyed God’s commands. We worship regularly. We’re nice people. But we are still sinners. “Whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” (James 2:10) We cannot hope to reach heaven with our self-absorbed faithfulness because we are imperfect. We have broken the whole law of God. If it were left to us, we would fade away.


            But when our faith is rightly-focused, on Christ alone, we receive the fullness of the glory of God. This is based on his obedience, and he was perfect. The promises of God’s Word assure us of salvation in Christ. And unlike us and our failing efforts, the Word of our God endures forever. God’s Word never changes. It is living and active and will be no matter what happens in this world.


            Praise God that he has exposed us to this saving Word, and through it, he has brought us to trust in his plan of salvation. Through it, our faith is focused on Christ, who does not fade, but endures forever. When we are in Christ, we receive this same blessing. May God keep us faithful and true unto eternity, strong in his Word. Amen


In Christian love,
Pastor Wolf B. Parsons

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