What is eternity?
For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”
Isaiah 57:15. (NKJV)
The dictionary defines ‘eternity’ as: infinite or unending time; endless life after death; the state of being eternal. For me, the concept of eternity, everlasting endless life, is incomprehensible. We cannot measure it. When compared to eternity our transitory life is like a fraction of a second.
Does the Bible give a perspective on eternity? In Isaiah 43:10-11,13 we read, “…Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me. I, even I, am the Lord…besides Me there is no savior…Indeed before the day was, I am He…”. And in Isaiah 57:15 we learn that God ‘inhabits eternity’.
Before the creation of the heavens and the earth, God existed eternally and He is the creator of all things: ‘All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.’ (John 1:3). He created the first humans, Adam and Eve, who were deceived by Satan; their sin brought death upon all humanity. Then Jesus Christ, the second Adam, lived a perfect life and died for us all (1Corinthians 15:45-49). To those who believe in Jesus, He promises eternal life, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life….” (John 5:24). The Bible tells us then, that our destiny is to inherit eternal life.
No more death. When Christ returns He ‘…will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body…’ (Philippians 3:21).
Who am I to write about eternity? It is revealed in God’s word the Bible; however, I confess my ability to grasp eternity is inadequate. But I know in my heart we will be with Christ for all eternity.
Father, we are greatly blessed to have eternal life through Your Son, in your glorious plan of salvation. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Study by Natu Moti
About the writer:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham congregation of Grace Communion International.
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