While history has shown us that things of human creation cannot be relied upon to endure, God’s creation and his word are everlasting. In this article, we’ll explore what the Bible says about God’s word and its endurance.
Every day that we wake, we are confident that the sun will rise and set, that the stars will be in the night sky. The other place we can put our confidence in is with God, who created the sun in the heavens and all things, that his word and his promises are both enduring and eternal.
The “word” and God’s word have an air of mystery around them in the Bible, only to the extent it takes a bit of reading to grasp the full connotations of everything the Bible refers to when it says the “word.”
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.”
– John 1:1-2
In this passage, “the word” refers to Jesus Christ. It also tells us that Jesus was with God, but at the same time, he also was God. It expresses both a coexistence with God and the distinction of person. This is part of the idea of the Trinity: God/Jesus Christ/Holy Spirit.
This passage also tells us that Jesus existed with and as God even in the time before the creation in Genesis 1, that is, before the beginning of time itself.
The other main takeaway from this passage is the concept that God’s word is eternal, existing before time as we know it.
Words are truly powerful things, especially God’s word. In the first book of the Bible, Genesis 1, we read about the creation of all things. A careful reading shows that everything that came into being was preceded by the words “and God said.” God spoke His words aloud and things came into existence.
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”
– Matthew 24:35
The words of Jesus in Matthew 24 what the prophet Isaiah said, speaking the words of God some 700 years earlier:
“Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth below; for the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and its people will die like gnats. But My salvation will last forever, and My righteousness will never fail.”
– Isaiah 51:6
The psalmist also wrote:
“Your word, O LORD, is everlasting; it is firmly fixed in the heavens.”
– Psalm 119:89
“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”
– John 17:17
In the above verse, Jesus is asking the father, God, to sanctify believers, that is to purify or make them holy through His word. As we read in Genesis, God creates through his word. By speaking in His word God can remove sin and redeem us. At the same time, Christ is asking God to separate believers from the evil of the world.
How? Through truth. The bigger statement here is that by believing in the truth of God’s word, believers are sanctified.
This is reiterated in the most popular Bible verse for Christians:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
– John 3:16
The prophecies in the Bible have an important function. They allow us to check predictions of the future by prophets, who were speaking the word of God, against future history. A third of the Bible is dedicated to prophecy. And for those who must have some facts over pure faith, there are plenty of Old Testament prophecies that can be historically verified.
For example, the prophecies of Daniel about Alexander the great and sons and how his generals would take over the kingdom rather than his progeny that are verified in the history books outside of the Bible. Or Daniel’s so-called “seventy weeks of days” that foresaw the destruction of the temple and Jewish exile.
There are the hundreds of prophecies of Isaiah concerning Jesus Christ that are very detailed and were fulfilled to the letter despite astronomical odds, including where Christ would be born, how he would enter Jerusalem, how he would be killed, and many other minute details. And of course, also against all imaginable odds, the Jews from all around the world returning to Israel and establishing their own nation in 1948.