The Only Eternal One

I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it.  God does it so that men will revere Him.  Ecclesiastes 3:14.

 

There is another verse which immediately came to mind when I read our key text above this morning.  It’s Paul glorifying God in a benediction, God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see.  To Him be honor and might forever.  Amen.  1 Timothy 6:15b, 16.  Humanity has been working on eternity sans-God for a long time and, though we’ve extended our lifespan somewhat in the last hundred or so years, we have yet to even scratch the surface of it.  Why God’s work lasts forever is because He lasts forever.  He alone is immortal for He alone is the source of all life.

The greatest lie Satan ever perpetrated on humankind is the one to convince us we have immortal souls outside of God; as if somehow God created us and we could not be destroyed or cease to be.  We are mortal.  The term mortal means subject to death. Our interpretation of that word lends itself to a variety of meanings of course, but the end result is everything we are ceases to matter once we die.  I have no idea where the dead go, whether we go straight to heaven or the holding tank of purgatory or just lie dormant in the mind of God as a blueprint till the resurrection.  What I do know is that we are not immortal in any part of us except the breath of God which He gives us for a time.  When it goes back to Him we cease to be relevant in the land of the living.

This debunks the idea of ghosts and séances where people can contact the dead.  In fact, one of the prophets, Isaiah, rebuked Israel for this very crime against their Creator and Father, When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God?  Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?  To the law and to the testimony!  If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn.  Isaiah 8:19, 20.  For obvious reasons (or not so obvious, I guess, if you don’t know them), consulting the dead or trying to contact them is unwise.  The human race has cut themselves off from the spiritual world by eating the fruit; now they are left with a guessing game when it comes to the future or rock solid truth.  The word of God gives us all we ever need to know about how to live, but we want to circumnavigate this to include insider information.  Not having any real knowledge of the spiritual world we are like children going into a lumber mill unaware of the dangers playing with those matches or saws could cause.  Sure, some come out alive to either laugh or tell the tale, but many do not escape such foolishness unscathed.

The moment we rely on anything but God’s written or spoken word, we demonstrate a lack of faith in it.  And when I say “spoken” word, I mean anything that conforms to the nature of the already written word of God.  Any revelation of a spiritual nature which contradicts Scripture is spurious at best and downright blasphemous at worst.  God will never step outside of the truth He’s already established in His revelation to us through the Holy Spirit.  More than likely it will be the written word of God that will lead us to the place the Spirit wants us to go.

If God alone is immortal, then by simple word math we are not.  The word “alone” singles Him out as the only one, which subtracts all others and everything else.  This means the earth is not eternal without God’s direct intervention.  Entropy becomes our norm the moment we unplug from the only eternal source and we begin to die.

God put eternity in the hearts of humanity at creation, intending, of course, that we never die but continue throughout the whole span of it.  I have a theory that the galaxy we know as the Milky Way was to be our home as we multiplied.  The planets in our solar system and others throughout the galaxy would serve as expansions of what He began here.  I can’t prove this by Genesis but the evidence suggests it’s possible.  Of course, the evidence could suggest a lot of things none of us have ever thought of as well.  Yet it makes sense that humans living for eternity would “beget” lots of offspring so would need migration room.  In our world today we’re worried about overpopulation using up all the resources, which means not enough to go around; which means starvation and, in terms of human nature, war for those limited resources.

The purpose of creation is clearly stated in our key text:  God has done all this so that humanity will revere Him; although it hasn’t worked so far.  Instead of praising Him for such a miraculous universe we denied His existence and have done everything in our power of late to subtract Him from our basic consciousness.  Oh, a few of us still remember and believe, but even we struggle with the weighty questions often times, since the evidence can be skewed so many different ways.

For us who believe, however, the evidence should give us a sense of awe.  We should be dumbstruck by the sheer magnitude of God’s inventiveness and genius (does that word work for Him since He’s the source all intelligence?).  Everyday I’m so impressed by the reality of creation and human nature.  Oh, sure, I point out our flaws and foibles but only to trim our over enthusiastic concept of how wonderful we are not to be negative.  My conclusion?  Without God the universe becomes devoid of meaning and without purpose.  Where there is a will, there is a reason.

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2 Responses to “The Only Eternal One”

  1. Ula Says:

    I am in awe of Him even when I watch the little fish swim in our aquarium. There is just no limit to the ways in which His creation can inspire awe in us and it really is a gift from Him to see Him in it all. He is worthy of all our praise even though, as you said, right now it doesn’t quite happen that way among us humans. Thanks for the post! 🙂

  2. tlc4women Says:

    I believe the same thing. We were created to multiply Eden, the presence of God, throughout the universe. Can you imagine the creativity, the wonder, the awe we would experience if we just let God be God and praised him for the wonder of all things?

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