Things built by man will eventually return to dust. But things built by God will endure forever.
Christ’s word will endure forever. Christ, as the eternal Son of God, is the rightful owner and sovereign ruler of the church. Christ was the master of this house, as well as the maker, Heb. 3:5, 6. To follow Christ is to endure forever in perfect hope in his gift:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.John 3:16
With a characteristic description of those persons who constitute this house: “If we hold fast the confidence, and the rejoicing of the hope, firmly to the end; that is, if we maintain a bold and open profession of the truths of the gospel, upon which our hopes of grace and glory are built, and live upon and up to those hopes, so as to have a holy rejoicing in them, which shall abide firm to the end, notwithstanding all that we may meet with in so doing.”
There must not only be a setting out well in the ways of Christ, but a steadfastness and perseverance therein unto the end.
We have here a direction what those must do who would partake of the dignity and privileges of the household of Christ.
- First, They must take the truths of the gospel into their heads and hearts.
- Secondly, They must build their hopes of happiness upon those truths.
- Thirdly, They must make an open profession of those truths.
- Fourthly, They must live so up to them as to keep their evidences clear, that they may rejoice in the hope and salvation of Christ–and then–they must in all persevere to the end.
May we strive to walk with Christ in his eternal house. That when the end of this mortal come comes, we may meet our maker and he may see our hope founded in the one true eternal King, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.