Some Things Never Change

Text: Ecclesiastes 1:9-10

As we approach the end to another year, we tend to do a couple things. First, we look back at the changes that have taken place in our lives. Second, we look ahead to changes that may be coming in the future. And while our lives are filled with changes, it is important to remember that some things never change. This lesson will examine a few of these.

The Love of God

  • The very nature of God is love (1 John 4:7-8)
  • The love of God is what makes salvation possible for us (1 John 4:9-10; John 3:16)
  • His love is constant – why the Jews were preserved despite their apostasy (Malachi 3:6); why the world stands today (2 Peter 3:9)
  • God loves us and wants us to be saved so we can be with Him for eternity

The Authority of Christ

  • All authority has been given to Christ (Matthew 28:18) – He rules forever (Hebrews 1:8); no one will replace Him in that position of authority (ex: pope)
  • Because He has “all authority,” we must do all in His name (Colossians 3:17)
  • In the end, judgment will be according to His word (John 12:48) – if we fail to do His will, we’ll be condemned for practicing “lawlessness” (Matthew 7:21-23)

The Truth of God’s Word

  • God’s word is truth (Psalm 119:160) – it does not change (Psalm 119:89); it endures forever (1 Peter 1:25)
  • Therefore, man has no right to change His word – it must not be altered with time
  • Those who attempt to change His word are to be “accursed” (Galatians 1:8-9)

The Sinfulness of Man

  • For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
  • Sinfulness is not due to inherited depravity (as Calvinists contend) – sinfulness is due to man’s choice (Ecclesiastes 7:29; Romans 5:12)
  • Sin causes a separation between man and God (Isaiah 59:2)

The Need for Salvation

  • Because “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23), man is in need of salvation
  • This salvation is only found in Christ (John 14:6; Acts 4:12)
  • Salvation in Christ can only be obtained by following His plan – belief (John 8:24), repentance (Luke 13:3, 5), confession (Romans 10:9-10), baptism (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16), then a life of faithful obedience (Revelation 2:10)

The Brevity of Life

  • Death is a certainty (Hebrews 9:27)
  • Our lives are short (Psalm 90:10) – they could end at any time (James 4:14)

Conclusion

  • No matter what changes take place around us, some things remain constant
  • God loves us and wants us to be saved
  • We must obey the Lord and follow His word
  • Let us be busy doing His will in the short time we have on earth so that we might please Him in all things

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