Gospel Gazette, Bible Articles

Vol. 1, No. 10 Page 9 October 1999

Gospel Gazette, Bible Articles

Absolutes Are Still Necessary

By Eddie Cooper

Have you heard or read the following statement, “There are no absolutes?”  This is becoming quite common when someone wants to disregard law or authority of any kind.

After purchasing a computer several years ago, I soon found out that “absolutes” are necessary.  In my reading, I found out that a computer is really very simple.  (Some may question that!)  Numbers, words, sounds and pictures can all be represented by codes, conventionally expressed as strings of zeroes and ones.  Computers are machines which carry out operations on such codes according to rules with which they are supplied.  Moreover, they do this quickly.  Information of all kinds, and in vast quantities, can be processed and communicated almost instantaneously.  But, woe to the person who tries to ignore the codes or breaks the rules.  CRASH!!!!

Whether we like it or not, there are always absolutes that we have to deal with in life.  For instance, working mathematical problems means there are some absolutes.  All school children know that 2 + 2 = 4.  That is an absolute.  Men may try to manipulate all they want, but the answer is still the same regardless of what men may say the answer is.  In order to drive an automobile, there are some absolutes.  Before driving off in a car, one must absolutely have the keys (unless he is able to “hot wire” one), turn on the ignition and then he can drive off.

When it comes to the matter of salvation, there are some absolutes.  One must have FAITH (Romans 10:17) and this faith comes by hearing the Word of God.  He then must be willing to REPENT of his sins (Acts 3:19), CONFESS his faith in Christ as God's Son (Romans 10:9-10) and be BAPTIZED for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38).  Why is it that sometimes we are willing to recognize the absolutes and at other times, we dismiss them as unimportant?  Will you do what you know is right, NOW?

The Heart of the New Testament

Author Unknown

  • In Matthew He is the King of the Jews (Matthew 2:2).
  • In Mark He is the servant of God (Mark 10:44-45).
  • In Luke He is the perfect Son of Man (Luke 9:56).
  • In John He is the exalted Son of God (John 20:30-31).
  • In Acts He is the ascended Lord (Acts 1:9-11).
  • In Romans He our righteousness (Romans 3:21-25).
  • In 1 Corinthians He is the firstfruits from the dead (1 Corinthians15:20).
  • In 2 Corinthians He is the One made sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21).
  • In Galatians He is the One who set us free (Galatians 2:20-21).
  • In Ephesians He is the One who blesses (Ephesians 1:3).
  • In Philippians He is the joy bringer (Philippians 3:1, 3; 4:4).
  • In Colossians He is the pre-eminent One (Colossians 1:18).
  • In 1 Thessalonians He is the returning Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
  • In 2 Thessalonians He is the world's judge (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
  • In 1 Timothy He is our mediator (1 Timothy 2:5).
  • In 2 Timothy He is the bestower of crowns (2 Timothy 4:8).
  • In Titus He is our great God and Savior (Titus 1:3-4).
  • In Philemon He is the Equalizer (Philemon 16).
  • In Hebrews He is the rest of faith (Hebrews 4:8-11).
  • In James He is the Lord of Sabaoth [hosts] (James 5:4).
  • In 1 Peter He is the theme of Old Testament prophecy (1 Peter 1:19-21).
  • In 2 Peter He is the longsuffering Savior (2 Peter 2:21).
  • In 1 John He is the Word of life (1 John 1:1).
  • In 2 John He is the target of the anti-Christ (2 John 7).
  • In 3 John He is the personification of truth (3 John 1-4).
  • In Jude He is the believer's hope (Jude 24).
  • In Revelation He is the victorious Lamb (Revelation 5:6).

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