In Service To The Unchanging King
Grace and peace be unto all the Saints of O’Fallon Apostolic Assembly and beyond. It is a blessing to greet each of you today in the name of Lord Jesus Christ. I pray that all is well with your loved ones in the midst of this Corona Virus Pandemic. It came to mind today to share a word concerning our unchanging King, Saviour and Redeemer. The scriptural reference that I would like to call to your attention is 1 Timothy 1:17. “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
I especially love this scripture. It is called a “doxology”, meaning a benediction. A closing thought to be left with the hearer for future thought and meditation. What a word for the times in which we live. When there is so much going on from day to day. In addition to the general cares of life, we are dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic, Civil and Racial unrest. Political insurrection at our nation’s capital and perhaps more division than our country has seen since the Civil War.
To say that we are in the midst of shifting and changing times, is an understatement indeed. But isn’t reassuring to know that in the midst of all this uncertainty, The God that we serve is “unchanging”. Paul reminds his spiritual son, Timothy, that our God is THE King….There is no King equal to Him. He is the The King eternal, absolutely timeless. Having none of the barriers of mortality. He is truly immortal, He has died once in the flesh, to die no more. He is invisible, beyond the range of human vision and therefore cannot be categorized or perfectly defined. He is finally, the only WISE God. If there is any other God (as people make their own God), our God alone, possesses all wisdom.
Such teaching should not only encourage any believer but it should spark our praise. “..be honor and glory for ever and ever”. As long as any created thing exists, honor and glory should be given to Him. He alone is worthy. All of which would be wonderful to acknowledge. But there’s more. He is our God. We are given to call Him, “Abba Father”. We can serve Him and do so with gladness. Who wouldn’t serve a God like this. To this, the Apostle to the Gentiles, Saint Paul said, “Amen”.
Bishop Wells, Sr. D.D.