Getting to know God – 7

God Is Eternal

De 33:2

Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.

John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

1Timothy 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

As we study the character and nature of God, we find that He is described as The Eternal God.  In comprehending what that means we must first define the meaning of the word eternal and then try to grasp the implications, and the applications

In our attempt to grasp the concept of an Eternal God, we must try to understand the meaning of endless or infinite.  That is extremely difficult in a world of time and space where everything is understood by its measurements of distance, dimensions (height, width, breath) and time.  To conceive of anything beyond that would place it outside of time and space.  It would not be subject to the “laws of nature” and its existence would not be the same as it is within time and space.  The dynamic of life outside of time and space is referred to as Eternity.  God therefore is not a being like we are however we are made in the similitude of God.  Therefore we are not the product of creation (evolution) but since we were in the mind of God before creation and creation was made for us. (Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:) We are the product of God’s plan and we were given the capacity to know Him as the Eternal God.

The implications of this truth are simply amazing.  For example; since God is eternal, He is incapable of changing.   If God could somehow become greater than He already is then He would not be eternal.  Likewise, if He could become less than He already is then He would not be eternal.  To be eternal means that God can neither become greater or less than He already is.  Another implication is that since God cannot become less or more than He already is then He must also be immortal, that is He cannot die or be destroyed.  A third implication is that He must possess eternal power.  That is His power cannot be lessened or increased.  It cannot be exhausted or used up nor can it be overpowered, all of which would mean that He is changed and therefore not eternal.  A forth implication is that He cannot be surprised.  He must have all knowledge or He would be evolving and therefore not be eternal.  These and other implications are all tied to this one truth that God is Eternal.

The applications of this truth are equally amazing.  Everything God has ever promised is accompanied by certainty.  It absolutely will come to pass.  That is one of the reasons that the test of a prophet was that he was never wrong.  Prophecy simply means speaking forth God’s Word, therefore a prophet of God could not prophecy anything that was not backed up by God Himself.  Have you noticed that every promise of God is an eternal promise, while every promise of Satan is a temporal (temporary) promise?  Consider that God promises Eternal Life (promised no less than 21 times in the New Testament); Eternal joy; Eternal peace; Eternal Salvation and an Eternal inheritance.  Because He is an Eternal God, He is good for it and you can count on it being so. 

For those who reject God’s promised blessings there is but one other promise and that is Eternal Judgment.  He isn’t just trying to scare you but He is trying to warn you and it is just as certain as all of His promises for good.  There are consequences of both good and bad and the choice of the outcome is up to you.  You really should get to know God.

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