What is eternity? ManyÂ definitions and illustrations haveÂ been attempted, but they all fallÂ short of fully capturing the concept.Â This is probably because we are soÂ accustomed to time â€“ to countingÂ seconds, days and years â€“ that we tryÂ to picture eternity as never-endingÂ time. But eternity isnâ€™t time thatÂ never ends; it is the absence of time.Â Eternity is timelessness.
Regardless of the way we chooseÂ to try to understand eternity, let usÂ never lose sight of the truth thatÂ eternity is a reality. The passing ofÂ each day brings us all nearer to it,Â and we must all enter it sooner orÂ later. What will eternity be like? TheÂ Bible tells us a lot about it â€“ in factÂ the whole message of the Bible wasÂ written by God who â€œinhabiteth eternityâ€Â (Isaiah 57:15) so that we mightÂ know how to spend it with Him.
When all the teaching of theÂ Bible on eternity is â€œboiled downâ€Â to its essence, we have two thingsÂ left: Heaven and Hell. These veryÂ different destinies become theÂ dwellings of all those who have livedÂ on the earth. Your reality and mineÂ for eternity will be either the joys ofÂ Heaven or the woes of Hell.
Itâ€™s amazing how things canÂ change when we get a newÂ perspective. The earth seems veryÂ large to us, but when comparedÂ to the vastness of the universe itÂ becomes very small. In an even moreÂ impressive way, the significance ofÂ the things that occupy us now willÂ change drastically when we look atÂ them in view of eternity.
Are you prepared for the reality ofÂ eternity? Do you know where youÂ will be in eternity? Are the thingsÂ you care about today things thatÂ will benefit yourself and others forÂ eternity? We urge you to take timeÂ now to consider eternity SomeoneÂ has said: â€œLife is too uncertain,Â death is too sure, and eternity isÂ too long to further risk delay.â€
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