“…because of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever:…”
and will be with us forever
John now makes an assertion of promise. Truth will be with us forever in consort with Christ’s promise. The Bible will never go out of existence. No one can escape its truth.
Mt 24: 35 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”
1 Pe 1: 22 “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, 23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, 24 because
‘All flesh is as grass,
And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass.
The grass withers,
And its flower falls away,
25 But the word of the Lord endures forever.”
Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.’”
The eternal Word of God can never be accommodated to current situations.
Popular thinking of our day says that it does not matter what we believe as long as we love others. Difference of opinion does not matter. The primary value is the agreement to differ. This is not biblical. We must never accommodate truth to the situation because truth is more valuable than the situation.
Ps 138: 2 “I will worship toward Your holy temple,
And praise Your name
For Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.”
Jn 10: 35 “If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken)…”
God’s primary instrument for speaking to us is His Word. The Bible will safeguard us against fanaticism and heresy. God furthers His purpose in our lives through His Word. Maximum application of God’s Word to experience brings us to the point of maturity. God’s Word will change our attitude toward people and our outlook on life. We will love more and care more.
Ac 20: 32 “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”
1 Th 2: 13 “For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.”
2 Ti 2: 15 “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
We can determine the measure of our spiritual growth by our attitude toward the Bible. We will grow in admiration of the meticulous accuracy of the Bible as a book without discrepancy, error or mistakes. God makes no mistakes in His Word. All agnostics, atheists and detractors of the Bible will be long gone before the Bible goes out of existence. The Bible will march on into eternity. It is the one book that tells how everything will turn out.
1 Co 2: 13 “These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”
2 Ti 3: 16 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”