August 31, 2019
John 4:14 (NASB) but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
John 6:27 (NASB) Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.”
John 10:28 (NASB) and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.
The above verses give a different understanding and spiritual dimension when I read them. I become sure that ‘eternal life’ truly EXISTS, and that we’ll EXPERIENCE it! Because this earth and everything within is the Lord’s; they don’t belong to the Devil, sin, and death. Earth is where the TRUTH (2 Pet 3:13), peace, and joy is real (Rom 14:17). The earth is the territory of the Kingdom of Heaven (Mat 6:10).
So, it’s very bizarre if we still think that the eternal life meant by Jesus is for the afterlife. No! That’s not what Jesus meant. The government of the Kingdom of Heaven will forever be on this earth through our lives. The wicked and tears of sorrow will cease to exist! The divine order of life will once again be real on this earth!
For so long, we are ‘still half-baked’ in ‘facing death’. Believers ‘still got defeated by death’ even. As a proof, many believers still ‘surrender themselves’ when facing physical death. We often hesitate to call it death, rather the ‘process to move into eternity’. But still, it’s still DEATH!
I am so sure that our generation has been set to swallow death in victory! Because eternal life is not only in heaven, but also on earth. What’s the use of us created to live on this earth, if we finally die and return to eternity? Don’t we come from eternity since the start? Is this earth merely a temporary stopover before entering eternity? No way! That’s not God’s original plan!
When God created the heavens, earth, and everything within (including man), everything was eternal in nature. Due to man’s fall into sin, death could rule (the wage of sin is death; death now enters the world of time). But before that, everything is in eternity!
I believe, we are the last generation to reveal a REAL/CONCRETE VICTORY over death! We will take over this world completely with eternity! The old heaven and earth, including all the wicked, will pass away! But because we are in His word and His word is in us, we’ll stay!
All creations are longing for the revealing of the sons of God! Because they are currently under the grasp of destruction. If the creations are hoping on us, yet we’ll also be ‘swallowed by death’, vain is their hope! But because we’ve been set to swallow death in victory, the hope of the creations will never be in vain! They will also enjoy eternity with us, the sons of God!
Romans 8:18-21 (TLB) Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will give us later. For all creation is waiting patiently and hopefully for that future day when God will resurrect his children. For on that day thorns and thistles, sin, death, and decay—the things that overcame the world against its will at God’s command—will all disappear, and the world around us will share in the glorious freedom from sin which God’s children enjoy.
Isaiah 65:17 (NASB) For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former things will not be remembered or come to mind.
Isaiah 66:22 (NASB) “For just as the new heavens and the new earth which I make will endure before Me,” declares the Lord, “So your offspring and your name will endure.
I increasingly believe that we will take over this earth! For it is truly ours! The restoration of all things will take place. The new heaven and earth will become real through our lives as believers. Our lives will return to God’s eternal plan that He has designed from the start! #ILoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus