Good Morning March 10

Taking the Bible as a whole, the complete revelation of God’s will, we realize a couple of things. That the values of society change over time compared to those the Bible holds true. But Scripture also makes clear that God does not change. The Prophet Malachi recorded the Lord’s words, “I the LORD do not change.(3:6) and the New Testament writer of Hebrews said, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”(13:8) Orthodox Christianity holds to the truth that, from the beginning of creation, God has given certain absolute values for the good of all mankind. I’m not talking about sacrificing lambs, and cleaning pots in a certain way. There is a way of life given by God for men and women that is for their best good as God created beings. Those values do not change with the changes in society. This is the very thing that most today deny. They live by a variable standard that conforms to human will, rather than seeking to live by our Lord’s absolute standards given for our good. Certainly, none of us lives perfectly according to God’s values. It is why our gracious Lord sent us a Redeemer in Jesus Christ. We have God’s forgiving grace when we turn to Him in repentance, but we do not try to change God’s values. Modern man finds it far easier to change the standards than follow God’s revealed will, but then we also ultimately suffer the consequences of our choices. “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.”(Galatians 6:7)