THE EVERLASTING GOD!
preacher Jim Byrd
All of God’s gracious dealings with His chosen people had to be from everlasting because “the name of the LORD” is “the everlasting God”(Genesis 21:33) whose “mercy is from everlasting to everlasting”(Psalm 103:17). Indeed, since it is written that Christ is “the everlasting Father” (Isaiah 9:6), then He must have everlasting children for whom He has everlasting affection. “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee” (Jeremiah 31:3).
Here is love without beginning, ending or cause. It is evident that the everlasting Lord loved His everlasting children with an everlasting love for He chose us unto an“everlasting salvation” (Isaiah 45:17) in Christ before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). View the “everlasting cove-nant” (Hebrews13:20) of grace and see in that blessed contract God’s everlasting concern, care and provision for His beloved people. “The eternal God,” who is our Refuge, set apart His Son to be the Mediator and Surety of that everlasting covenant and committed His elect and all of their concerns into “the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27) of their almighty Savior. Behold the Son of God dying on the cross, enduring infinite wrath so that God could save sinners, not at the expense of His justice, but with its full blessing.
The good news of salvation accomplished by Christ alone is therefore called, with good reason, “the everlasting gospel” (Revelation 14:6). According to God’s everlasting purpose, Christ died to enable God to be both just and Justifier, and His resurrection is the evidence that His people were justified by His sacrifice. We are assured that by His justice-satisfying, guilt-removing, transgression-finishing death, He saved His people from their sins and brought in “everlasting righteousness” (Daniel9:24).
In time, the Lord’s redeemed, reconciled and justified people are regenerated by the Spirit and brought to believe on Christ and they are assured that in Him they already have “everlasting life” (John 5:24).Though still a sinful people, the Lord has given to all of those who are enabled to believe Christ “everlasting consolation and good hope through grace” (2Thes 2:16).
Every believer is comforted in knowing that their everlasting salvation was conditioned solely upon Christ Who faithfully finished the redemptive work the Father sent Him to accomplish. When the Lord calls us home to glory, we will experience the fulfillment of that glorious promise, “And so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2Peter 1:11).