"They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; and as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail" (Hebrews 1:11-12).
Years come and go; time and circumstances change. But He remains "the same yesterday, today, and forever." Conditions may possibly change outwardly, and "difficult times" characterize these closing days where we see the collapse of the moral condition of professing Christianity, but He changes not. And hence the Second Epistle to Timothy, foretelling as it does these very days, presents to us Christ Himself as the foundation Who stands steady, whatever may come. "Remember," it tells us, "Jesus Christ…raised from the dead." He remains as the HEAD, let us hold fast to Him; as LORD, let us obey His word; as the only CENTER of gathering, let us gather to His all-sufficient Name; as the still REJECTED CHRIST, let us humbly cleave to Him and His cross. Let us not forget our heavenly calling and that this world with all its fake attractions is not our home. Let us feed on Him daily as we read His Word in order that we may display His life and characteristics in this present evil world. Let us remember that He "remaineth" in view of a ruined creation and He is "the bright and morning star" of His church. He is our all-sufficiency-our resource, our center today as at all times. He is "the same" in the days of Laodicea as He was in those of Ephesus. He is God’s "Amen" today, maintaining, in undiminished power, all the counsel and purpose of God, in spite of the fearful drop from the bright apostolic period to the low conditions of our day. Let us remember that He is the soon-coming BRIDEGROOM, let our hearts, in all the glowing affections of a faithful bride cry, "Even so, come, Lord Jesus."
Our hearts are full of thanksgiving to the Lord who is the Faithful and True for His good hand upon us in the past years. To you, dear reader, who is praying for Toward the Mark and to those who are helping in producing this exercise, you are known by the Lord and He is the reward of your quiet labor of love.
It is our prayer that the Lord will use Toward the Mark to help you as you face the daily challenges of school or work, as we are dependent on Him to feed and strengthen His people. Thank you for your overwhelming response and encouragement to this exercise. Please keep us in prayers.
Yours in our soon-coming Lord,
Emil S. Nashed
Please send your questions and comments to:
Toward The Mark
c/o Wayne Christian Assembly
60 Smith Lane
Wayne, NJ 07470-5354
Attention: Emil S. Nashed