All Things Change, but Jesus Never
By David Berg
Yesterday, today, forever, Jesus is the same.
All things change, but Jesus never,
Glory to His name.
Changes in man's society always come from the bottom, not the top, because the top does not want to change; it always wants to be on top. But if they try to seal the pot to preserve the status quo, they cannot, and the pot will explode because of the fire.
There must be continual change; otherwise there would be stagnation. There must be constant circulation or there would be stagnation and corruption, because that which is at the top is the first to ferment, to sour, and that which is on the bottom is full of dregs, which if allowed to accumulate would solidify and clot the circulatory process. There must be constant change and constant stirring and constant circulation to prevent stagnation--either by fire or by sword.
This is the principle of society. God has ordained it that way. It is as sure as the law of gravity: What goes up must come down. And what is down must go up. For "every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth" (Luke 3:5). "They which live by the sword shall die by the sword; but the meek shall inherit the earth" (Matthew 26:52, 5:5).
As sure as the sun rises, it must also set. As sure as the rain falls, it must also rise again. As sure as "from dust thou art, to dust thou shalt return" (Genesis 3:19). There must be a continual birth, life, death, resurrection. The cycle must be completed--the perfect circle of eternity, to complete the creation of God, of which He is the designer and the beginning and the end, the Alpha and the Omega.
So, "He that hath begun a good work in you shall complete it to the end" (Philippians 1:6). There must be both "In the beginning" and"the last days." "Fret not thyself therefore because of evildoers" (Psalm 37:1), because their great houses shall become desolate and their palaces shall be laid waste. The grandeur that was Greece shall tumble into ruins, and the glory that was Rome shall fade into oblivion, that He which is eternal may be made manifest and the beauty of His creation and the glory of His power and the eternity of His love, that He may be all and in all, that God may be glorified.
God moves. He is a moving God. He is never still. He is always doing, going, saying, effecting change in every sphere of creation. He is never static, except for Himself. "I am the Lord: I change not" (Malachi 3:6). Except for His Word. "Forever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in heaven" (Psalm 119:89). And except for the future--His promises to His children. "There remaineth therefore a rest for the people of God" (Hebrews 4:9).
As for all else, the mountains shall be made low, that which is exalted shall be abased, and the low places shall be exalted. He that is of a humble and contrite heart, in due time shall be highly exalted, until time shall be no more, and the kingdom of our Lord is come, where He that ruleth in righteousness shall judge the earth and establish everlasting peace, and the kingdom shall never fall, neither shall it be given unto others. It shall be forever! And we shall rule and reign with Him upon the earth and He shall rule the nations with a rod of iron--unchangeable, eternal--the society of the kingdom of God. "For the things which are seen are temporal--for a little while--but the things which are not seen are eternal" (Isaiah 57:15; Revelation 10:6, 12:10; Psalm 103:19; Daniel 2:44; Revelation 20:6, 19:15; 2 Corinthians 4:18).
"For whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever; nothing shall be put to it, nor anything taken from it. For God doeth it that men might fear before Him" (Ecclesiastes 3:14).
"Behold, how the mighty have fallen, and God hath exalted him of low degree" (2 Samuel 1:27; Luke 1:52).
Are you becoming stationary with those seeking to preserve the status quo, to freeze the world into a block of ice? Or are you moving with the white-hot fires of the Spirit of God?--Burning, melting, moving, molding, flowing, pouring, and sharing.
Are you attempting to freeze and preserve, to solidify into immovable ice that means death? Or are you warm, loving and sharing and wooing and sowing and conceiving with the seed of God's Word that brings life--new birth, new creatures, and a new world--where "old things are passed away and all things are become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17)?
You'd better move now--with the life of God--or you'll be left behind in the death of this world!
This world must change, but the unchangeable eternity of the spiritual world will never change. "For that which is flesh is flesh, and that which is spirit is spirit" (John 3:6), and "flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God" (1 Corinthians 15:50). For "God is a Spirit, eternal, unchangeable in the heavens," and "they which worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth, for the Father seeketh such to worship Him; neither in this place, nor in that mountain, but in the eternal Spirit of God" (John 4:21, 23-24).
All things change, but Jesus never, glory to His name!
Abide with me, fast falls the even tide; The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide. Change and decay in all around I see; Oh, Thou who changest not, abide with me.--Henry Francis Lyte, 1847