Freedom for #4 Eternity
Freedom for #4 Eternity
God's Spirit is on me; he's chosen me to preach the Message of good news to the poor, Sent me to announce pardon to prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, To set the burdened and battered free, to announce, "This is God's year to act!"
We get so entangled in the now. The demands, the schedules, the busyness, keep us moving from one event to another activity, to yet another appointment. We move at an unnatural hectic pace. We are so wrapped up in the urgent yet unimportant things that we don’t have time to consider eternity. If in the quiet of the night we stop to consider eternity, our thoughts are too often filled with clouds and harps and angelic choirs. This teaching is to give you some right ideas about eternity, giving you some truth to contemplate. The scripture says God has placed eternity in the human heart (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV) and Jesus sets people free to the blessings of eternal life (John 10:28).
Let it sink into your life. If what you heard from the beginning lives deeply in you, you will live deeply in both Son and Father. This is exactly what Christ promised: eternal life, real life!
John 10:10 (MSG)
I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.
And this is the real and eternal life: That they know you, The one and only true God, And Jesus Christ, whom you sent.
“…we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”
“The one who believes in me, even though he or she dies, will live. And everyone who lives believing in me does not ultimately die at all” (John 11:25-26 (MSG). The us are we whose mortal bodies have not failed. We will all be together.
1 Corinthians 15:42-44 (NIV)
The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.
“[God] will wipe every tear from [the faithful’s] eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain…”
There is plenty of room for you in my Father's home. If that weren't so, would I have told you that I'm on my way to get a room ready for you? And if I'm on my way to get your room ready, I'll come back and get you so you can live where I live. [see also Hebrews 11:10 and Revelation 21:10-11]
The Tree of Life was planted on each side of the River, producing twelve kinds of fruit, a ripe fruit each month. The leaves of the Tree are for healing the nations. 3 Never again will anything be cursed.
At the resurrection, we're beyond marriage...
As long as I'm alive in this body, there is good work for me to do. If I had to choose right now, I hardly know which I'd choose. Hard choice! The desire to break camp here and be with Christ is powerful. Some days I can think of nothing better.
1 Corinthians 2:9 (MSG)
No one's ever seen or heard anything like this, Never so much as imagined anything quite like it—What God has arranged for those who love him.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.