What does the expression “this also shall pass” mean? What is the meaning of this sentence for the believer?
The origin of “This too will pass”
You’ve probably heard the expression “This too will pass” before, but what does it mean? Where is he from? Is it in the Bible? It could have been a paraphrase of what is in Acts 2:21 which says “And it will come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. “Peter quotes Joel 2:32 which says”And it will come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be escapees, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors there will be those whom the Lord calls.The survivors, unlike the characters in the television series, will escape this great Day of Judgment because they called on the name of the Lord and were saved (Acts 4:12). What do they survive? It is the day of the visitation of God or of the judgment of the world. That Day will come, for sure, because Jesus said of His Word “Heaven and earth will pass, but my words will never pass“(Mt 24:35) and the psalmist declares from the Word of God”Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly established in the heavens(119: 89). What has to happen will happen, but no one knows when it will happen “But concerning this day and this hour, no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone”(Mt 24:36).
There are some very awesome things that have yet to happen for the believer in Christ. In the first place, believers have already seen their sins judged on the cross as they did “because of him he made him a sin which did not know sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God“(2 Cor 5:21). Another thing that will happen is “When the perishable takes on the imperishable and the mortal takes on immortality, then the saying will be fulfilled which is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.””(1 Cor 15:54). It is then that we will see the glory of the Lord for the very first time and all the suffering we now endure will be pale in comparison (Rom 8:18) because “the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.(Rev 21: 3). That is why “we are not losing heart. Although our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is renewing itself day by day. For this momentary slight affliction prepares for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not at the things which are seen but at the things which are invisible. For the things that are seen are ephemeral, but the things that are not seen are eternal”(2 Cor 4: 16-18).
When God brought Israel out of the land of Egypt with a strong hand, He established the very first Passover. He passed over their sins but only if they had the blood of a lamb on the doorposts and the lintel. This “passage over” sins foreshadowed the coming work of Christ whose own death would provide the blameless Lamb of the blood of God for us to apply to the doorposts and lintels of our hearts. Now God would pass over us in judgment because our sins have already been judged by God on the cross by Christ.
It will come to pass
Perhaps Isaiah 2: 2-3a is closest to the phrase “This also shall pass” as he writes “It shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the house of Jehovah shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all the nations will flow into it, and many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord.”. “At that time, all men”the idols will pass completely“(Isaiah 2:18) and leading to the New Jerusalem will be”a road will be there, and it will be called the way of holiness; the unclean will not pass there. It will belong to those who walk the path; even if they are crazy they will not go astray(Isaiah 35: 8).
What happens in your life is completely up to you. If you have repented and forsaken or turned away from your sins and then put your trust in Jesus Christ, all that awaits you is a joy that cannot even be described (Rev 21:22). If you have not yet been saved and Jesus was to return to Jesus today, then you will have unspeakable horror for all time (Rev 20: 12-15; 21: 8).
Article by Jack Wellman
Jack Wellman is the pastor of Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the senior editor of What Christians Want To Know, whose mission is to equip, encourage and energize Christians and answer questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.