Saturday, May 16, 2015

There Is No "All" Eternity

READ Prayers 145-146

“All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
and all your saints shall bless you!
 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
and tell of your power,
 to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds,
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures throughout all generations.” (145:10-13)

David declares that creation and new creation will thank the Lord and bless him. But he goes farther than that. He says that the saints who are God’s new creation will “speak of the glory of [his] kingdom. As a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ you are a saint. So the question is, has David’s prophecy come true in you? Do you speak of the glory of God’s kingdom. Do you talk of him as your Lord and King to others? Do you magnify the blessing of being a part of God’s kingdom in his church? Do you tell your friends and co-workers about his power in your life and in the lives of your fellow saints?

God’s kingdom is an everlasting kingdom (10). It is eternal. If one has been born again he will inhabit this kingdom forever — first, in the church which is the beginning of God’s kingdom throughout all generations and, finally, in the Lord’s immediate presence forever, beyond all time, through “all” eternity. I put all in quotes because there really is no such thing as “all” eternity because eternity never ends. Generations will stop. Hence we can say “all generations.” But eternity is, well, eternal. It never ends so there will never be an “all there is” of eternity.

That’s really too big for my brain to comprehend adequately. How about yours?

Prayer: Father, help me to gladly and faithfully speak of your eternal kingdom to those around me. Help me to invite them to enter and know you. Help me to care for the souls of all nations that they might come to know you.

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