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Eternal in the Temporal

In Paul’s 2 letter to the church at Corinth he brings to light the great power and presence of God in our lives after our conversion.  Too many times we see Christ followers as being weak and anemic at best and believe that this condition is a sign of spiritual maturity.  It may be a sign of a heart wanting to be humble and contrite before the Lord, but a person who has come to Jesus by faith is carrying within themselves eternity and the Holy Spirit of God.  That is why Jesus says in in Matthew 5: 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  We tend to look at the latter part of this verse and highlight that the light cannot be hidden, when in reality you have to have the light for it to shine.  And we do have the light if we have Jesus.  Our bodies change drastically over the years and give proof that this body is not eternal…..yet.  But what is inside of this body IS eternal and that is the righteousness of God.  In 2 Corinthians 4: 6 For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; 8 we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.  

The conclusion can be easily made that there is way more going on here than just living life.  We are growing older in a physical body, but being renewed every day on the inside.Why?  Because we are carrying eternity in our soul and that is the water that keeps us from ever thirsting again for more. John 4:13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

How is your spring?  Is your water fresh?  It should be!!  The impact of eternity in your life is something that affects every relationship, every purpose, every goal, everything.  You have power in your life and that power is real and…..powerful!!!  Look at what the Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; 15 and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf. 16 Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer.17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 18 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.  Christ in our lives is not a dead end street, but it is a thoroughfare.  On this thoroughfare we show others how to receive this eternal life and the changed life in us points to that life.  Our bodies get older, but our faith gets bigger.  Our bodies age but our faith gets more powerful and fresh with every day with Jesus.  The old song “every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before” really begins to make sense and the growing relationship with Jesus is best seen over the years.  Which brings to mind the point “If you are older you should be more vibrant in your walk because this eternity in your soul is constantly refreshing your spirit every day.” So… the most refreshing, ever-changing, alert, faithful people in a church should be those who have been in the faith for many years….. right? RIGHT!!

Eternity is in your soul and the rest is gravy because you have found out how to live life to the fullest no matter your age.  Time to “let it out.”  Time to turn the Spirit loose and start living a life of constant growth and refreshing.  Time to do it today.  Ephesians 5:16. Be redeeming the time because the days are evil.  IT IS TIME!!!

The Pilgrimage continues….

David Warren

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