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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Time And Eternity

Genesis 1:5,14 - And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. . . . And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

Revelation 10:6 - And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

Revelation 21:23-25 - And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.  And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.  And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

Have you ever thought about the fact that there is a sense in which we are already living in eternity?

Time came into existence in the context of eternity.  Time did not interrupt eternity. Eternity is the backdrop for all of time.  Eternity is always there, it is an ever present reality.  Everything we do impacts eternity because we are living it.  This is why we have the exhortations of scripture to live for eternity.  This is why Ecclesiastes warns of the danger of under the sun living.

There is a stark contrast to be noted in this connection.

Time against the backdrop of eternity is next to nothing.  It is the presence of the finite in the context of the infinite!  That is all of time.  Now think about our lives consisting of 70 years in the context of 6,000 years. We only live about .011 of the total time allotted so far.  If our lives only consist of .011 of the total sum of time so far, what must our lives look like in the context of eternity?  What must one year look like?  What must one day look like?

Our lives are about as close to nothing as you can get in the context of eternity and, yet, the choices of that infinitesimal life span have major consequences throughout eternity.

The reality is that something as small and insignificant as the lives we live has a major impact on eternity!  The reason is because every day is not just a 24 hour time period it is a slice of eternity.  Therefore every slice carries the weight of eternity!  The whole is reflected in the part.  A slice of the infinite is well….infinite! Could it be that much is made of the proper use of time in the Scripture not only because of its brevity, but because of what it represents?

2 Peter 3:8 - But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Psalms 90:4 - For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

We are living for eternity because we are living in eternity.  The question becomes are we living and making choices in light of eternity or are we simply living from day to day with little awareness that every day is a slice of eternity and carries the full weight of the infinite!  Are we living solely in the context of time without realizing that time itself has a context?

Time is crucial because it represents our opportunity to do something with eternity!
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