Hello guys! Hope you are having a great time. First of all I just want to thank you guys for all the support you have shown me in the very first few days of this blog. I hope these posts make a difference in your lives as it has in mine.
Today, I am going to share with you from my daily devotional entries. It’s long but I hope you read it to the end. 5 mins, that’s all it will take.
Today, I am going to share with you something that has made me grateful for Jesus and His sacrifice.
Okay. First verse is 2Timothy 1:1
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, in keeping with the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,
When I read this, God took me to the phrase- ‘the promise of life’
What is the promise of life?
After some visits to the concordance and some coincidental page turnings i came to Titus 1:2, another epistle by Paul.
in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,
Now I understood that the promise of life was the promise of an ‘eternal life’. But aren’t our souls eternal already? Yes, but that was not what Paul is talking about here. I felt God asking me to read it again. The phrases from the two verses- ‘that is in Christ Jesus’ and ‘before the beginning of time’ brought into my mind another verse.
I looked it up. The verse was John 10:10
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Here we see Jesus talking about how he came so that we may have life and have it to the full. The KJV version goes like this
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Abundantly, I loved the sound of that. Jesus is not talking about living here as in being alive. He is talking eternal ‘life’.
Now put together all those phrases- the beginning of time, that is in Christ Jesus, promise of life, eternal life.
Here is what it means.
God, before time began, that is in eternity(since God is not bound by time), knowing that man would sin in the garden of Eden and lose the connection he once had with God, also made the perfect plan for salvation through Jesus by which we can be reconnected to God, as I explained in my first post.
This ‘life’ is what man really needs. We all have an eternity. But we may or may not have eternal ‘life’. Man has been dead to this connection between God and man since the day he was thrown out of the garden.
And that is why the punishment of sin is death, an eternal death to this connection to God, in other words, hell, where there is no God. But when Jesus came and became sin for us, when he died on that cross and resurrected, he triumphed over sin and the fear of death. You no longer have to die and go to hell.
When you are born again, you can be sure that you will go to heaven. When you are born again, you are now a son of God, born into the kingdom of God. Born again into the connection that was lost when Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil and disobeyed God. Because you chose to accept the Lord Jesus Christ into your heart and accept and believe his death on the cross for your sins (applying the free will God gave you and also respects) and confess it, you are no longer blamed for your sin by God. Jesus paid it all!
But what is ‘eternal life’????
Your eternal ‘life’ starts the moment you are born again. The moment you are reconnected to God through Jesus Christ. There is a peace on the inside, Your perspective on everything changes. You are tapped into God’s perspective on things, the way it was meant to be. That is why the Bible says that we are seated in heavenly places. Read Ephesians 2 : 1-10.
When Paul says: in the hope of eternal life in 2Tim 1:1, he is not talking about a life with God after you die, he is talking about the hope in the promise of eternal life, which is based on God’s truthfulness. Since God cannot lie, we can always rely on this eternal life with God everyday from the moment we are saved. We can come to God anytime we want, symbolized perfectly in Matthew 27 : 51. We are now able to come to God directly. No sin keeps us from coming to him, we are able to come to him as we are.
And we are able to bring this heavenly experience into our lives in the way we speak, in the way we do things, through our values. It happens when you are born again, when you are tapped into God’s perspective of things.
We are now able to live on earth as it is heaven! And in this there is abundance!