Jesus, Who Has Always Been the Same from the Beginning 9th October 2016 - Shiloh Sunday Service - Evangelist Eric Burton

Matthew 19:8-9

8 He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way. 9 And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”

In the Beginning

The word beginning means “origin,” “source “or “the point of time or space at which anything begins.” Thus all the answers to our problems in this world lie in the beginning. Yet, people try to find the answers in the visible circumstances, and that is why they always fail. As Christians we should not trust in fallen mankind but in the almighty God alone. The Bible clearly states that anyone who makes flesh his strength is cursed (Jer 17:5).

Attributes of the “Beginning”

Many try and solve problems with various traditions, customs, and the opinion of others however; God directs us to a correct path through the “beginning.” So what exactly are the attributes of God who is from the beginning? First, there is no “hint of change” in God’s motive or character meaning He treats everyone equally and fairly. However, human beings feelings change depending on their likes and dislikes. In other words, fallen mankind is like shifting shadows in that they change constantly depending on human circumstances whereas God our Father has no variation or shifting shadow. (James 1:17). Secondly, another attribute of God and the beginning is that He is the same and never changes (Heb 1:12). For our God is the same yesterday and today and forever (Heb 13:8). The Word of God testifies that God is always the same and never changes no matter how much time may pass by. Even the prophet Malachi introduced God as the “God who does not change” (Mal 3:6).

How to Answer Life Issues

With a scheme to force Jesus into a corner, Pharisees asked Him concerning the issue of divorce. What was Jesus' answer? He answered with the world of the beginning saying; “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning? (Matt 19:4-5, 8). Thus, Jesus answered the issue of divorce by rely upon the Word from the beginning. Likewise we too must always address issues with the Word of the beginning; which will allows us to overcome all things.

The Beginning to Where Man Must Return

How did God describe the world of the beginning to where man must return? God said, “For you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Gen 3:19). What the Bible is teaching us is that Human beings only have weak flesh that is like the dust, and since they came into this world naked they will leave naked. So Therefore, when we acknowledge such reality of sinful mankind; we will not complain against God and be able to overcome in any kind of circumstances in our lives. Faithful Job has taught us about the faith of nakedness. Job understood that all things in this world are temporary and will disappear;and with this kind of faith he understood that he came into the world with nothing and he will leave with nothing. And because the faith that Job possessed – Job was able to overcome all kinds of tribulations and trusted only in God to the very end (Job 1:21-22).

Summary:

Currently our world is like the world of thorns and thistles but how was the world different in the beginning? The world in the beginning is where true love is and forgiveness. And this love does not change from the beginning to the end. And with such love of the alpha and omega, all of our sins are forgiven and we are embraced with unchanging parental love of our Father God. Thus, the true state of mankind from the beginning can be found through the mirror called the Bible. And in order to recover the lost original state, God sent Jesus in His image. So may we all recover our original states through Jesus Christ who has always been the same from the very beginning.

Amen.

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