How To Make Sure That You Don’t Pass Away – by Desmond Ford

Jan 20, 2016 1730

EternityHere is the law of change. You know, the very first day on earth saw a gentle sunrise, increasing warmth, decreasing heat, decline of the sun, the cool of the evening and then the darkness of the night. I don’t know what Adam said to Eve when they saw the sun go down. Perhaps he said, “I wonder whether we will ever see that again?”

This much is certain. They were being taught the law of change. From the gentle warmth of sunrise, the heat of noonday, the decline of the day, the evening and then… night! Change. All things change except the law of change.

A very wise king was asked to take over a throne, so a fable goes, calls in all the wise men and said, “I want you to give me in just a few words that can be put on a ring that I can wear, a philosophy of life that will help me survive the challenges of being king.” So all the wise men got together and, ultimately they said, “This is what you are to put on the ring: ‘This too shall pass away.'”

Whether it is some ecstatic pleasure that is now mine or whether it is an awful agony, none of them last. This, too, shall pass away. Everything passes away. Unless somehow I have a part in that which is eternal, I’m a fool, because this, too, shall pass away. You and I, we will pass away.

That is why it is so important this New Testament verse is so important:

He that believeth is not condemned; he that believeth not is condemned already. He that believeth has everlasting life; he that believeth not shall not see life but the wrath of God abides on him. – John 3:18

Either grace abides on you and me or the wrath of God. And it does not depend on our track record because none of our track records are that marvellous. The issue is whether we have opened our hearts to the grace of God, and whether we have been humble enough to take a gift. That’s what it depends on.

– Des Ford. Rom 8:27–32. Adapted from “The Night of Wrestling.”

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