|Posted by Brenda Lawrence on March 15, 2011 at 2:25 PM|
Everlasting God – Encountering Eternity
Genesis to Revelation records man’s relationship with the Everlasting God. Kings and prophets, tax collectors and persecutors, a young shepherd boy and an exiled old man -- each life was impacted for eternity. Expressions of praise and worship reveal their encounters with the Everlasting God of all creation:
Everlasting God – Immeasurable Giving
The human mind attempts to comprehend an Everlasting God who would be governed by present time that extends in two directions (past and future). Time, however, is restricted in duration, measured by processes of thoughts or motions. Eternity cannot be measured, yet the Everlasting God inhabits eternity, continually fulfilling His Word. Just as eternity is the unchanging present, without beginning or end, God also transcends time. As such, He gives to man without measure, holding back nothing.
His Protection – “The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you. He thrusts out the enemy before you; it is he who cries, ‘Destroy them!’” (Deuteronomy 33:27).
His Understanding – “Have you never heard or understood? Don’t you know that the Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding” (Isaiah 40:28).
His Love – “‘. . . But with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,’ says the Lord, your Redeemer” (Isaiah 54:8).
Everlasting God – God’s Greatest Gift to Mankind
The Book of John illustrates how a relationship with an Everlasting God is forever guaranteed. This was God’s purpose for sending His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus’ very own words affirm:
There is but one God, one Everlasting God. From everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. No one else can lay claim to His property -- eternity. The gods of the heathen cannot lay claim to it. But for those who choose to follow Jesus, a glorious eternity awaits. “And God will open wide the gates of heaven for you to enter into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:11).