Faithfulness: the secret to attaining your ultimate goal.

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations… Deuteronomy 7:9

Lord God of hosts,
    who is mighty as you are, O Lord,
    with your faithfulness all around you? Psalm 89:8

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

if we are faithless, he remains faithful— 2 Timothy 2:13

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23

God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9

He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:24

Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good. 1 Peter 4:19

faithfulness

As believers in Jesus Christ, our ultimate goal is to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. That will be fulfilled when we are glorified in the New Earth when Jesus “makes all things new.” I am really looking forward to that.

How is it that we will arrive at that day?

Many are taught that there is some standard of holiness to which we must attain to arrive at heaven’s door. Apparently, the Colossians had some of that kind of teaching going on in their midst. The Apostle Paul had to write to correct this sort of thinking with, “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ..” Colossians 2:8 and “If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— 21 “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” 22 (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? 23 These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.” Colossians 2:20-23.

It is God who has promised to make all things new, not ourselves. Therefore, it is up to God to make all things new.

The promise of new things is dependent on the faithfulness of God. Nothing less.

Faithfulness is one of the “perfections” of God, that is, he is perfectly faithful.

I am afraid the power of that phrase, perfectly faithful, doesn’t hit hard in our world. We have lost so much of the meaning and power of language. Our popular culture is constantly redefining words as referred to in the lyrics to Tim McGraw’s country song, “Back When.”

Back when a hoe was a hoe
Coke was a coke
And crack’s what you were doing
When you were cracking jokes

So the word “perfect” has lost its luster due to degraded use.

Something that is perfect can only be diminished by any attempts to improve it.

Gods’ faithfulness is perfect, and it is his faithfulness that will take us all the way to the New Earth in our glorified state, not our efforts to behave well.