Eternity seems like a really long time and most people feel it starts the day after you die. Did you know that from the moment you take your first breath in your new spiritual body things are radically altered in your life for the rest of eternity?
What do I mean?
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:9
Saved is the Greek word, sozo. Sozo means, to make whole. Wow. What wasn’t whole? I don’t feel different? Before you believed this verse you were a partial of the whole human God originally designed you for. You were handicapped, you were stripped of your authority. It was a sad place. And until you learn to tap into what made you whole, you still live like all the other partials even though you are whole.
So what made you whole? The day you believed that verse you were sealed for the rest of eternity.
“In whom ye also [trusted], after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise…” Ephesians 1:13
You are sealed with spiritual data or DNA. That DNA records your personality, your physical appearance, your likes and dislikes so that when your body takes its last breath, you aren’t gone forever. It literally, like a computer that is unplugged, goes into a REM cycle when you die. This way if your death is something horrific and you lose a limb, you’ll be raised back up when Jesus Christ returns and known then even as you are known now. Cool huh.
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where [is] thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory?” 1 Cor. 15:51-55
Incorruptible means spiritual. Spirit beings do not die, they are eternal. Angels have been living since God created them way back “in the beginning”. When God raises our corruptible, or decaying flesh, it will be spiritual, eternal, and life quickening instead. WOW! That is a mighty promise. Now…we always want to keep our eyes on that promise. God calls this “the Hope”. What is hope?
“For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, [then] do we with patience wait for [it].” Romans 8:24-25
The Hope is the belief that the promises of God will be realized.
There is another promise in this future spiritual body. The measure we received when we believed Romans 10:9-10 is only a portion of the whole spiritual body we’ll get when we are raised from the dead. The whole body will be given when God raises us up. For now, we have a portion or a down payment on the future promise. See, God didn’t make this promise of eternal life without giving us proof. Our gift of holy spirit is our proof today that we will receive that promise in the future.
“…Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:14
The word “earnest” in the above verse is the Greek word, arrabōn. It means; money which in purchases is given as a pledge or down payment that the full amount will subsequently be paid. Like when we go to buy a house and our earnest money reserves the home and shows the sellers we’re serious about buying it. God is serious about His promise to us. In real estate the higher someone puts down as their earnest money, the more serious they are. God not only gave the life of His only son, He poured a treasure for our earthly bodies.
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7
A commodity is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. How much was God willing to pay for you? How valuable does the King of All see you as? And He asks us to be imitators of Him. Should we ever think less of ourselves? Should we ever believe the lies of the devil when he tries to say we’re worthless? God calls you His masterpiece in Ephesians 1. He says you are holy now and without blame!
Okay, since we have this treasure right now at this present time, aren’t we living our eternal life now? YES! “Now” is just the beginning. The Hope will come to pass later, but right now the nine manifestations are your proof that you are God’s and HE will raise you up eternal, spiritual and new. How exciting!
That was my five minutes…okay, maybe a little more, but the HOPE is the most exciting promise in God’s book of promises. Keep the Hope alive in your heart by dwelling on this and you’ll no longer be entangled with the daily dramas that suck others down.
God bless you today!