Recent comments posted to another blog [Insanity Bytes] regarding ‘steps closer to eternity’ have resulted in the creation of this Article. Ideas that comprehend eternity as a never ending expansion of time and space are quite normal based upon a metaphysical application. But eternity as expressed in scripture is something much different than human reason and logic can fully perceive.
Eternity relative to the ETERNAL GOD has NO place in the present realm of time and space, Indeed, it exists completely outside, and far beyond any such conceived limits. God who always was and is can only be understood as someone other than ANYONE known to this finite present realm of existence. The very notion that human rationale can adequately begin to imagine the eternal is rather arrogant.
“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?” – Psa. 8:3,4.
But God has provided man a means of sharing eternity with Him. Obviously, man cannot share the experience of being truly ETERNAL (existing in all points past, present, and future). But scripture teaches that the gift of salvation does permit the personal experience of ‘eternity’ present and future.
Religious doctrines about the specifics of such life, its requirements and its’ achievement, vary widely. In-depth research under the guidance and anointing of the Holy Spirit, as with ALL TRUTH, is necessary to remedy confusion that may arise from debate over these doctrines. Many of them insist that entrance ‘into’ eternity is inaccessible until physical death. Others teach that it begins with spiritual birth, BEFORE the body breathes its last.
The scriptural truth about eternity related to humanity is that it has no expiration date. Unique to God is His ‘relationship’ with eternity. He ALONE is absolutely eternal – ever existing, past, present, and future. Conversely, for those who have become born again (birthed into the spiritual eternal life in Christ), according to scripture, such personal experience is the entrance into eternity. As Christ has declared:
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word & believes in Him who sent Me HAS everlasting life, & shall not come into judgment, but HAS PASSED from death into life” – Jn. 5:24.
The original verbs (has, passed) in this verse are BOTH past tense, concluding the ‘point’ of entrance into eternity at the moment of acceptance of belief in Christ’s statement.The text does NOT state ‘Shall’ or ‘Will Have’, but ‘HAS’. Obviously, the final separation from the mortal body is still yet to occur, but the very essence of our beings is no longer under an expiration date like those who PERISH instead.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” – Jn. 3:16.
In that scripture (in context with Christ’s declaration ‘Ye Must be Born Again’ – Jn. 3:7) Jesus points to TWO possible destinies = PERISH or ETERNAL LIFE.
The sacrificial blood of Christ so perfectly covers all sin, removing forever the curse (spiritual death) it once imposed, that ‘having passed from death to life’, entrance into eternity has already begun for those who are born of the spirit.
“He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” – Heb. 7:25.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? … I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” – Ro. 8:33-35
While many argue that the above passage implies no ‘BEING’ can ever cause us to be cut off from God’s love, but our ‘free will choice’ to leave can. What concept of such supposed volitional ‘change of heart’ can possibly exist in light of the phrase ‘nor any other created thing’? What, God didn’t create free will choice?