January 3, 2008
John Isaac Edwards
We live in a changing world. The world of few centuries ago would be out of place in the world of today. Yet, there are some things that have not changed.
Bible Teaching On Modesty
Customs regarding dress vary. Fashions come and go. But, one thing remains the same: what the Bible teaches about modesty. 1Timothy 2:9-10 is binding upon every culture and age. Paul said, “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.” Godliness or ungodliness: which does our dress profess?
The Law Of Christ Concerning Marriage, Divorce, And Remarriage
The laws of the land, wedding ceremonies, and the thinking of men concerning marriage, divorce, and remarriage may change, but the law of Christ has not changed. Matthew 19:9 still says, “Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doeth commit adultery.”
The New Testament Church
Men, over the years, have tried to change the church in lots of ways, but have unsuccessful as the Lord’s church continues to be what it has always been. It is still the church built by Christ (Mt 16:18), headed by Christ (Col. 1:18), and that wears the name of Christ (Rom. 16:16; Acts 11:26). Its work, worship, and organization have not changed.
The Need For Divine Authority
Man may not always recognize the need for divine authority, but the need is always there. Colossians 3:17 records, “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus…” The fact that man must do all by the authority of Jesus Christ has not changed.
The Consequences Of Sin
Some may get the idea that sin is not quite as bad as it used to be. Sin is still what it has always been and will do what it has always done! Sin is still “the transgression of the law” (1 Jn. 3:4), and sin still “bringeth forth death” (James 1:15).
The Gospel Plan Of Salvation
Men have taught, believed, and obeyed plans foreign to the gospel plan of salvation, what it takes to save a person has not changed. (God still requires hearing (Mt 17:5), believing (Jn 8:24), repenting (Lk. 13:3), confessing (Rom. 10:9-10), being baptized (Acts 2:38), and faithful living (Rev. 2:10).