The Meaning of Eternity
But what is eternity and how long will it last? Eternity! Not even the dictionary can define it. Timeless does not describe it because in eternity there is no time. It is sometimes called "the state after death." Eternity is perpetual, everlasting, always. It is never-ending. The Bible speaks of punishment (Matthew 25:46) and of "everlasting life" (John 3:16). This being true, one of the great questions of life is: "Where shall I spend eternity?". "everlasting
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Jesus Christ is not only the Savior, but the great Divider also: He will finally divide between those who desire to be in eternal fellowship with God and those who will be separated from Him forever. "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God" (John 3:18). "He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe in the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him" (John 3:36). Eternity will be inhabited by the saved and the lost. There will be those who receive everlasting life from God and those who receive His wrath forever. What a sobering thought to realize that most people will be in that last group! "Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it" (Matthew 7:14). Where will you spend eternity?
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The saved will "always be with the Lord" (I Thessalonians 4:17) in that place where "there shall be no more curse" (Revelation 22:3). There "God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away" (Revelation 21:4). "Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God" (Revelation 21:3). Where will you spend eternity? Those who reject or neglect the salvation that is in the Lord Jesus will spend eternity separated "...from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power" (II Thessalonians 1:9). This total absence of God will mean perpetual darkness, constant evil, never-ending suffering. Jude describes this condition as "the blackness of darkness forever" (Jude 13). Jesus said those who disobey would be "where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched" (Mark 9:48). This is described as a