Eternity: God’s plan before the beginning

For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News (2 Timothy 1:9-10). NLT

From before the beginning of time, God planned for us to live forever. I have always thought of the “beginning of time” as the time of Adam and Eve’s creation. But perhaps, instead, the beginning of time is actually the time of their sin; that sin brought the curse of death into the world. Perhaps that is when “time” began—when we started measuring things with beginnings and endings, with birth and death.

But we were created to live without such measured limits. We were created in God’s image: in eternal dimensions. There is no beginning and ending in eternity.

This is about as far as my mind can go. We can only catch glimpses of the meaning of eternal. I see and measure and judge everything with my three-dimensionsal way of thinking and with my limited senses; eternity is outside of such measurement and perspective.

In the last few years, I’ve begun to catch glimpses of the eternal dimensions of the present, but those glimpses are fleeting and small; just as I reach out to grasp and savor them, it seems I cannot hold the idea or take it further. I imagine that glimpses are all that God can give us now. We will need new eyes to live in eternity.

Catch this point that Paul makes here: God planned life and immortality for us long before we even knew Him! Jesus appeared on earth to reveal the plan to everyone and to say, “Have faith in Me. Through me, you will have the immortality that God created you to have. I am the way to life in the eternal.”

Today, ask God for just a glimpse of the eternal scope of His plan for YOU, His child.

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