I was just thinking of God and what it will be like when we stand before Him in Eternity. I have heard a thousand thoughts of what others think it will be like. Some think that they will still be in charge of something and will ask God their deepest questions about why did He —-? Others have the idea that Eternity will be linear, like it is here and our existence will be much the same. (Example: Ten thousand year) Another idea is that all our loved ones will meet us there and they will be much the same but just stop growing old. One of the most popular is that it is”a better place”, without any explanation as to what that means. Many understand that there will be no more pain and sorrow but do not understand why. Most think that there will be memories and even regrets of what could have been but never was. Sadly, most of our concepts are just wild guesses, carried out to several decimal places or just simply figments of our imagination.
The Bible gives us many clues as to what it will be like but they are meaningless until they are seen through the eyes of faith and the record of God’s Word. Last week, I preached a message out of John 6, entitled I AM the Bread of Life. The “I AM” is the same as what God told Moses when he asked God what His name was. God replied, I AM that I AM. Tell them that I AM sent you. When Jesus said, “I AM the Bread of Life” He used the same phrase, claiming Himself to be very God. He did not give His name but one of His attributes, His self existence. The reason is that a name is used to distinguish one from another of similar features or specifics. When you come to God, there is no other like Him. He is one of a kind, unique, different from all others. So to know Him is to know His attributes. In this case it is His eternal self existence. No other living being has eternal self existence so the identification is made by that characteristic. Because he is self existent, He is not subject to time. The conclusion is that in Eternity, time does not exist. We, who exist in linear time, do not think of a timeless existence so we superimpose our understanding of time into Eternity and come to a false conclusion of what Eternity is like. To truly know what Eternity is like is to know it from an eternal position which still awaits us. We see through a glass, darkly, but then face to face.
What will it be like? I don’t really know what it will be like, but I know that it won’t be like now any more than the world of time and space is like the world of the womb. There is even more difference between this present world and the world of Eternity. I get a clue of something of what it might be like as I look at others who have been very close to God. Moses saw Him from behind and his face glowed so bright that he had to wear a veil. Jacob wrestled with an angel of God and it changed him forever and he had a limp the rest of his life. The three Hebrew children walked with Him in the fire and it had no effect on them except to free them from their bonds. Many saints came before Him and fell on their faces, unable to stand without His help. When Isaiah saw Him on His throne in the temple, he saw himself as unclean and without hope until the Lord cleansed his sin. Paul was knocked to the ground when he met the Lord and it change his life, permanently. When John saw the Lord, He was the glorified Christ and he fell at His feet as dead. The result of that meeting is the book of Revelation. On thing is certain, when we find ourselves before the Lord our God, we will see Him as He is and we will be changed.