â€œFor ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.â€ (Psalm 119:89)
This is the central verse in the longest chapter in the longest book in the Bible, and it is surely one of the greatest verses in the Bible. It conveys the amazing news that the Word of God (which is the theme of the entire 119th Psalm) has existed from eternity past and will continue to exist forever in the future. It was eternally settled in the mind of God before the world was created, then gradually inscripturated â€œat sundry times and in divers manners [as God] spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophetsâ€ (Hebrews 1:1).
Other verses in this psalm likewise stress the eternal validity of Godâ€™s words: â€œThe righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting. . . . Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever. . . . Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for everâ€ (Psalm 119:144, 152, 160).
In the book of Isaiah appears a magnificent claim: â€œThe grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for everâ€ (Isaiah 40:8). This contrast is expanded by the apostle Peter: â€œBeing born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for everâ€ (1 Peter 1:23).
To guarantee this great truth beyond any further question, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself made the following tremendous claim: â€œHeaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass awayâ€ (Matthew 24:35). â€œTill heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilledâ€ (Matthew 5:18).
The entire physical universe is (literally) â€œpassing away,â€ heading inexorably downhill toward ultimate deathâ€”with one exception! The words of our Bible and its glorious promises are eternal and immutable. HMM