What is the first thing that you think of when you hear the word: Eternal?
I think of stars. On day 4 of creation, God made the sun, moon, and stars. Stars just seem infinite, and maybe that's because they're so far away. When I read 2 Corinthians 4:18, that word "transient" confused me. Transient means to only last a short time. So it would be the opposite of eternal. Everything we see is transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. Wow.
I love this attribute of God. It's so humbling and aweing. Even a tad bit scary. And when I mean scary, I mean reverent.
Let's look deeper into this attribute of God.
The root word for Eternal is aeternalis. (air-ter-nah-lees). Meaning: lasting, enduring, permanent, everlasting, endless.
Imagine the numbers lined up. You have 1, 2, 3, 4, and so on. Then you have -1, -2, -3, etc. The number line really doesn't end, does it? This is how eternity is:never ending.
Eternity is similar to a circle. It does not have an ending or beginning. It just continues forever and ever.
Before we dive further, I want to talk about this attribute and how it connects to God.
God was not created. It is difficult to think about because everything that we experience through our senses was made at one time by something or someone. Eternity is in God's nature. It is, simply, who He is. That is why we are studying eternity/eternal as an attribute.
"For the Absolute Consciousness [that is the root of consciousness; God], time does not exist; the future cannot, for it, be thought of as beginning to be, nor the past as having ceased to be." This is a quote pretty much saying that God does not exist in time.
However, scripture tells us that:
God is -
and was -
and is to come -
Whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting -
Forever and ever -
From before the ages of the ages -
From ancient times -
the everlasting God -
He continues forever -
From of old - Remains forever -
The Lord shall endure forever -
Who lives forever -
yesterday, today, and forever -
God’s years -
manifest in His own time -
Everlasting Father -
Alive forevermore -
Always lives -
the eternal God -
God’s years never end -
From everlasting to everlasting -
From that time forward, even forever -
And of His kingdom there will be no end.
The Bible is written by man, yes? But it is inspired by God. So I believe that every word that comes from the Bible is true. And we can believe it is true. In that case, God inspired men to write about Him being eternal.
Before the mountains were born, before You gave birth to the earth and the world, from eternity to eternity, You are God. Psalm 90:2
WOW! This verse is talking way back, like in the verrry beginning. From eternity to eternity, You are God. God wouldn't be Himself, if He was not eternal.
How great are His miracles, and how mighty His wonders! His kingdom is an eternal kingdom, and His dominion is from generation to generation. Daniel 4:3
This verse is very special to me. It starts out praising God for His works and then it announces His throne and power. When it talks about an eternal kingdom, it's talking about our relationship with God. "Kingdom come, thou wilt be done." When we pray and seek the Kingdom of God, we are also praying for the rule and reign of the kingdom of God in our lives. This also is talking about Christ.
Since Christ is the Son of God, is He eternal as well?
For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities— all things have been created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17
I wholeheartedly believe that Jesus Christ is eternal. Christ is God, since He said, “I and My Father are one” in (John 10:30). I have faith that Jesus was in the beginning of Creation. When God says, "Let's make men in our image" He is talking about the Son of Man, aka Jesus.
Have you thought about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego? Who was with them in the fiery furnace? I believe it was Jesus. Although, it could have been an angel. It's just something I have thought about personally.
What does this mean for us?
Because God is eternal, He is always there. He created you to have a relationship with Him. God sent Jesus so that through Him we could receive eternal life.
So we can be with Him forever. Only through Him can we live for eternity.
So let me hear what you think about the word Eternal! I'd love to hear your thoughts!