The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
An eternal forever lies ahead of born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, the reality of which has little to do with duration, but everything to do with relation.
"This is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent" (John 17:3).
Philosophers suggest that time and eternity are, in logical terms, mutually exclusive realities. Eternity is not merely a long time. It involves something else altogether. The Lord Jesus Christ confirms the proposal by defining "life eternal" not in terms of time, but by the knowledge of God and His Son. This presents a challenge to our understanding, but perhaps not as unfamiliar a reality as we may think.
Consider our relationships with loved ones. When spending time and communicating with them, do we not often lose track of seconds, minutes, and even hours as the blessedness of our relationship transports us to a seemingly timeless experience? Of course, the clock inevitably intrudes on our time together. We must part in order to fulfill responsibilities. However, being with those who mean much to us frequently erases - temporarily - the realization of passing moments. We just are together in the blessedness of loving relationship and fellowship. Nothing more causes us to forget time than relationship and fellowship with those whom we love.
"And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true, and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life" (I John 5:20).
Yet again, the Apostle John confirms that eternal life involves relation rather than duration. We will be "in Him that is true… in His Son Jesus Christ… the true God and eternal life." In eternity, we will have no concept of the sequential passage of moments - of time. Conversely, we will have all-encompassing awareness of the living God, and of our brothers and sisters with whom we share the glory of forever. It is hard to imagine a more blessed prospect of love, joy, and peace - "there should be time no longer" (Revelation 10:6). Eternal life involves "Who?" rather than "How long?" Believers already possess such grace and glory through the presence of the indwelling Spirit of Christ. Thus, even in the present realm of time, we can experience the timelessness of eternity as we walk with our Lord and with each other.
"This is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son."
(I John 5:11).
"They shall praise the Lord that seek Him; your heart shall live forever."
Weekly Memory Verse
Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ."
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