Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Eternity

I've been thinking about eternity, and how overwhelming it is the eternality of forever. This Sunday's sermon was on our final "Sabbath" which is heaven, we had a guest pastor from the church Iglesia Biblica del Señor Jesucristo (Biblical Church of Jesus Christ), Pastor Salvador Gomez Dickson, and it was such an encouraging sermon. He talked about 5 sabbaths that are mentioned in Hebrews chpts 3 and 4. The first Sabbath was when God's rested on the 7th day, the 2nd Sabbath was the one appointed by God for the Israelite's to obey, the 3rd Sabbath was the promised land, the 4th Sabbath was the Spiritual rest we are granted in Christ Jesus, but that there was a 5th one that we are yet to enter in and that is the Celestial Sabbath, which is heaven. He exhorted us to give ourselves fully and wholeheartedly to this race we are running, to beat ourselves even when we are growing tired, and to work like a mule for the Lord, for the advancement of the kingdom and for the edification of the church, knowing that we have a final resting place in Heaven with our Lord Jesus Christ.
"Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying, "Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Blessed indeed," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!" Revelations 14:12-13

Today I find myself thinking about how amazing it will be to spend eternity glorifying God and just how overwhelming the thought of eternity in my finite mind is. Then I realized that we sometimes forget that there is a large group of people who won't be enjoying eternity in Heaven, no they will get the other side of the coin a place where there will be no rest for their souls. (Rev. 14:11)
Maybe if we thought more about that other side and those other groups of people we would evangelize more and be less fearful about it. I know I need to.

1 comment:

Celestial Fundie said...

We do need to have eternity in our thoughts much more.