The Power of Eternity
Praise the Lord everybody. The thought of eternity is a concept most people have a hard time wrapping their minds around, especially non-believers. Most non-believers say, “there is no after life, when you’re dead you’re dead.” They deny Heaven, and Hell, mostly because they are afraid of facing the truth. The sad thing is, a large part of the body of Christ also struggles with the concept of eternity or more to the point eternity in Heaven with God.
The Bible promises those who die in Christ enjoy eternal life with Him, the only sticking point is that you still must die in order to find out if it is true. The Bible tells us in John 3:16 that:
“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.”
It also states in John 5: 24-27:
"Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.”
These are the promises of God to His people given to them in the Bible, yet we hesitate when we think of death. We worry “what if it’s not true?” We believe God for so many things, even our daily bread but we still fear death. We trust Him yet we don’t trust Him, we reason to ourselves that none have come back to confirm this to us. Despite all the miracles God has done in our lives we still are afraid to die.
If we were paying attention, we would see that God is giving us a picture of what to expect when we come to Christ. First, we are asked to die to self, that is to walk away from our former life and lifestyles. This might sound hard to a non-believer but to the truly converted it is a blessing. Paul tells us in 2nd Corinthians 5:17:
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come! Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person.”
When we die to self, God by His spirit gives us a new nature and we become a new creation. Same when we die physically, we get a glorified body, no more pain or sickness. Paul often talks about his desire to leave this life so he could be with Jesus and put on his glorified body.
“According to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better” (Philippians 1:20–23).
If we have died to Christ like Paul, we would be just as content in death as well as life because as Paul states in 2nd Corinthians 5:8:
“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”
We are the dead in Christ. We who have died to self and to sin. If you have surrendered your life like Paul, a living sacrifice, you have no reason to fear death. Therefore, he says in 1st Corinthians 15:55:
"Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"
Christ has given us the victory over sin and death, if you believe in Christ and you believe in His word, then believe in His victory. An eternity with Christ, what a wonderful thing we all have to look forward to. God bless you all.