Today’s bible study is from the Gospel of Matthew 24:35: Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
Heaven and earth will pass away. This is a sobering thought. And, in the midst of devastating floods and earthquakes, some people believe that this will occur sooner rather than later. This is a question for the ages. The earth has existed for some three billion years, and may very well exist billions more. Conversely, we may, as stated in the Book of Revelations, be in the end days now. But this passage neither supports nor negates the fact that some day, in some time, in some way, the earth will pass away. John Gill’s exposition Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible pertaining to this verse says, Heaven and earth shall pass away. This is either an assertion, which will be true at the end of time; not as to the substance of the heavens and earth, which will always remain, but as to the qualities of them, which will be altered: they will be renewed and refined, but not destroyed.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on the Bible offers an interesting interpretation: Christ foretells his second coming. It is usual for prophets to speak of things as near and just at hand, to express the greatness and certainty of them. Concerning Christ’s second coming, it is foretold that there shall be a great change, in order to the making all things new. What words can more strongly describe the suddenness of our Savior’s coming! Men will be at their respective businesses, and suddenly the Lord of glory will appear. Women will be in their house employments, but in that moment every other work will be laid aside, and every heart will turn inward and say, It is the Lord! Am I prepared to meet him? Can I stand before him? And what, in fact, is the Day of Judgment to the whole world?
Finally, the People’s New Testament states, ‘I believe, rather, that all these things embraces all thus far predicted, and that this generation means the Jewish race, instead of only those then living. Christ, however, declares that, contrary to all probability, it shall not pass away until he comes. They still exist, 1850 years after the prediction, distinct, but without a country.’ Regardless of your personal belief as to the end of the world as we know it or to the time at which the earth shall pass away, one thing remains. And this is that the Spirit of God will never pass away. The Spirit of God is perpetual, eternal and without time or end. For the faithful, it will never cease. Many things and many people may come and go. Many millennia may pass; many plants will blossom and wither. Yet, the love and grace of the Holy Spirit is with us until the end of time. It is the Alpha and the Omega. You might also like to read:
- Broad Brook Bible Study Examiner, Grace Dooley
- Daily Bible Guide
- Growing in Christ
- Bible Study Tools Online
- The Jesus Walk Bible Study Series