That which has been is that which will be
And that which has been done is that which will be done
So there is nothing new under the sun
Is there anything of which one might say, “See this, it is new”?
Already it has existed for ages
Which were before us
There is no remembrance of earlier things
And also of the later things which will occur
There will be for them no remembrance
Among those who will come later still
During my transition from childhood into adulthood, I like every other teenager; decided my parents didn’t understand what I was going through. The world I was growing up in was vastly different from the world they had grown up in. And whenever I would voice my observation on this matter, my mother would simply say “I have already been where you are trying to go.”
It was not until I was an adult and heard a young person in exasperation say to me, “You just don’t understand, you have never faced the kind of pressures we young people face today!” I smiled and said I understand much more than you think I have already been where you are trying to go.
Truly, there is nothing new under the sun, including the raging debate about being under grace versus under law. Every single time I have heard someone strongly hold to this teaching, I quietly observe their lives, and every single time I witness a person who proclaims to be a person who follows CHRIST JESUS and yet their lives look no different than those who do not know HIM or even those who deny HIM. These individuals have taken the precious grace of our beloved LORD GOD to justify living lives no different than the world. And yet this is not new.
Let’s take a look at Jude 1:4-7 from the New Living Translation:
I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that GOD’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, JESUS CHRIST. So I want to remind you, though you already know these things, that JESUS first rescued the nation of Israel from Egypt, but later HE destroyed those who did not remain faithful. And I remind you of the angels who did not stay within the limits of authority GOD gave them but left the place where they belonged. GOD has kept them securely chained in prisons of darkness, waiting for the great day of judgment
Jude a faithful servant of our Lord JESUS CHRIST had intended to write a letter to the Christians between 70 and 80 AD about salvation, but instead, felt the necessity to deal with false teachers and false teachings within the Church (Jude 1:3), in particular the same perverted teaching which takes our LORD’S WORD concerning grace an law and twists it to justify living unholy lives. The grace of GOD does not give one the license to sin (Romans 6:15).
Those who truly have experienced the grace of GOD, through their love of GOD, easily follow the Law of GOD, for HIS WORD has been written in their hearts (Jeremiah 31:33, Psalm 40:8, Romans 2:14-15, 2 Corinthians 3:3).
I know that everything GOD does will remain forever
There is nothing to add to it
And there is nothing to take from it
For GOD has so worked that men should fear HIM
That which is
Has been already
And that which will be
Has already been
For GOD seeks what has passed by