Tag Archive | eternal future

Galatians 2:20 ” I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.”

What does it really mean to be crucified with Christ?  Again, we have this picture of putting off the old and putting on the new self.  It starts at the moment of redemption when as Romans 8:10 tells us, “But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.”  But it also becomes a lifetime journey of deliberate and intentional decisions on our part to subdue our worldly and fleshly lusts and desires.  And in doing so, our old self is crucified together with Christ so that sin cannot have preeminence in our life. (Romans 6:6)…as we purposefully live for the Will of God. (I Peter 4:2)

Ecclesiastes 3:11 ” He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

God is always on time and always at the proper moment.  His creative activity is unfailingly right on time…never too early, never too late.  That’s because He knows all events that have transpired in the past as well as all things that will occur in the future.  Romans 11:33 says that the depth of wisdom and knowledge of God is incomprehensible, and Job echoed this sentiment when he asked, “Can you fathom the mysteries of God?  Can you probe the limits of The Almighty?” (Job 11:7)  So even though we are totally incapable of understanding all this, we can  grasp the idea that God has set eternity in our hearts…filling that “God-shaped” void by His Son, Jesus Christ, who came and died for our sins that we may have the gift of eternal life.

Ezekiel 33:11 ” Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of Israel?’ “

God does not desire nor does He delight in the eternal damnation of the wicked.  He has given all of us a free will to chose our own actions and behaviors, but in this verse God is imploring us to reconsider our choices…and sadly, the consequences that come along with them.

Proverbs 10:16 ” The wages of the righteous bring them life, but the income of the wicked brings them punishment.”

When children are little and they disobey out of ignorance…there’s some wiggle room for correction.  Usually, just enlightening them with clear instructions will alleviate further problems.  But when there’s willful disobedience on their part…that’s when a serious discussion of the consequences of their wrongdoing is in order.  Our Heavenly Father desires us to be obedient children…not only because He commands it but for our eternal benefit.  For Proverbs 11:18 says, “He who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.”  When we pursue doing the right thing, we not only receive the gift of salvation, but we are showered with God’s infinite grace and mercy.

Ephesians 1: 13-14 ” And you also were included in Christ when you heard the Word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of His glory.”

The Holy Spirit is God’s pledge, providing Believers with the assurance of eternal life.  In legal terms, the Holy Spirit is like a down payment or earnest money that secures a claim to something…like when we’re buying a car or a house.  For when we put our faith and trust in Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within…thus sealing us for eternity through the redemptive work of the Lord.

II Peter 3:9 ” The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

God’s gracious gift of salvation is for everyone…for He wants all to be saved.( I Timothy 2:4)  But we shouldn’t take His slowness in judgement as a sign of weakness, indecision, or wavering…but rather as long-suffering.  For it’s only by God’s kindness, tolerance, and patience is He willing to give all of us the time to change our minds and repent.

John 6: 32-33 ” Jesus said to them, ‘I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’ “

There’s nothing like a fresh, hot loaf of homemade bread just out of the oven.  The wonderful smell fills the kitchen and my husband is usually there waiting patiently…butter knife in hand.  But what happens to that homemade bread in a few days?  What satisfies our hunger for a few days suddenly becomes moldy and uneatable.  And that’s the biggest difference between natural and spiritual bread.  Natural bread has a short shelf-life…but spiritual bread is eternal.  Natural bread will never totally fill you up…you’ll keep getting hungry, while spiritual bread lasts forever.  That’s why Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.  He who comes to Me will never go hungry, and he who believes in Me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35)