I was reading a news article the other day and it included the phrase 'post Christian Culture'. And I immediately thought about Hebrews 13:8 ..
Jesus, the Anointed One, is always the same - yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8 TPT
How does the truth of Hebrews 13:8 reconcile with a 'post Christian Culture'?
The culture in this country is changing, but Jesus isn't changing.
Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8 NKJV
What Jesus did for each of us almost 2000 years ago, does not change. His act of sacrifice does not disappear just because the culture is changing.
Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is [always] the same, yesterday, today, [yes], and forever (to the ages). Hebrews 13:8 AMPC
We may not be consistent in how we live our lives, but Jesus is.
We may not always know who we are and what our purpose here is, but Jesus knew exactly why He was on earth and what His purpose here was.
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6 NKJV
Our Heavenly Father wanted us back with Him. But God is Holy and we were full of sin.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 NKJV
Someone needed to stand in the gap. Someone who was perfect, without sin. Only Jesus, the son of God, could do that. The Jesus that is still perfect today, unchanging.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever! Hebrews 13:8 CEB.
The Jesus that we still need today, tomorrow and forever because we make mistakes and we live in a world where the culture is changing. We need to be a walking expression of His love in this place.
But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions: Joy that overflows, peace that subdues, patience that endures, kindness in action, a life full of virtue, faith that prevails, gentleness of heart, and strength of spirit. Never set the law above these qualities, for they are meant to be limitless. Galatians 5:22-23 TPT
And we cannot be that walking expression of His love without His transforming power, as Paul says in his letter to the Galatians ...
My only boast is in the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus, our Messiah. In him I have been crucified to this natural realm; and the natural realm is dead to me and no longer dominates my life...The only thing that really matters is living by the transforming power of this wonderful new creation life. Galatians 6:14,15 TPT
Jesus, thank you that in a world that is changing, you are the same yesterday, today and forever. Thank you for what you did for us all those years ago on The Cross, an act of love for all time, regardless of the culture. Thank you Jesus for your grace and mercy in our lives. Please help us to be a walking expression of your love in this place. In your name we pray, Amen.
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