There Are Some AbsolutesMarch 31, 2009 at 12:05 pm | Posted in Eternity, Selected Psalms | 12 Comments
Tags: Absolute Truth, debating techniques, eternal nature of God, God is always good, God is always right, John 10, John 8, Psalm 25, Psalm 9
One of the key principles of debating is to take great care about making “absolute” statements. Sentences that begin with phrases like, “Every time this happens…;” or “I’m always the one who…;” or “Nobody knows what it’s like…” can be easy to disprove. One contradictory example, and the whole thesis is ruined.
However, God’s Word is not like the words of men. God has no qualms whatsoever about using absolutes. Jesus could say with confidence that He did always the things which pleased His Father. (John 8:29) God can guarantee with complete certainty that those to whom He gives eternal life will never perish, nor can any man ever pluck them out of His hand. (John 10:28) The Lord, Who is eternal, without beginning or end, will endure for ever. (Psalm 9:7)
The virtues and qualities of God’s character and glory are likewise immutable. When God’s Word says in Psalm 25:8 that “Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way,” we can rest assured that God is always good and God is always right. If this be so, then it only makes sense that we continue to trust in the future victory He has promised, even when defeat and disgrace seem imminent. After all, our profession lacks integrity if we forsake Him after He has promised never to forsake us.
Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred. O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee. Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.
See also, The Eternal Glory of God.