35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
What a glorious affirmation by the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ concerning all the words He has revealed to us! Every word in the Bible that He has revealed is here to stay. You may sooner see the heaven and earth pass away than His words fail. The permanency of every word that the Lord has revealed by His Spirit (cf. 1 Peter 1:21; 2 Timothy 3:16) is here guaranteed by Him.
The enduring nature of all the words that He has revealed in the Bible is unequivocally declared by the Lord Himself. He will not fail; neither will His words. We must trust His promise concerning all His words to be true. His words are not transient, but permanent!
Jesus’ assurance concerning the ever-abiding nature of His words was declared not only by Matthew, but also by the other Gospel-writers, namely Mark and Luke (cf. Mark 13:31; Luke 21:33).
Jesus’ assertion of the eternality of His words has been reiterated by His apostles in their epistles. For instance, the apostle Peter said, “… The word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever” (1 Peter 1:23b); “But the word of the Lord endureth for ever” (1 Peter 1:25a).
Deplorably, even scholars within the church challenge the authenticity and accuracy of the words of Scripture. Worse still, a vast number of churchgoers, including preachers, do not believe that every word of the Bible is perfectly preserved. But let us pay attention to Jesus’ promise that His words are immortal and immutable. Since we have Jesus’ assurance concerning the unchanging nature of all the words of the Bible, let us boldly reject all the suggestions of errors in the Bible. Every word of the Bible is perfect, true and eternal, not because scholars said so, but because Jesus said so. There is no greater witness to the infallibility, inerrancy, perfection and eternality of the words of the Bible than Christ our Saviour Himself!
Upon the ever-abiding and never-changing words, let us build our lives. There is no other foundation as stable and steadfast like His words to build our lives on. What a precious promise Jesus has given us, that we can fully trust all His words to be true and faithful forever!