RESTORED ONTO ETERNITY HERE
God forged man in His likeness and breathed His life into man’s nostrils. He gave man authority over all His creation and entrusted him as a steward over it. Eternal life was with man and he was made a partaker of all the blessings of perfect union with His maker. Betrayal was also on heavenly ground and it came to the image barer as a serpent enticing the created to defy His maker and tempted him with the seed of pride and entitlement. The word and command God had sown in Adam and Eve’s heart was swept and drowned by the voice of the enemy, birthing disobedience. Hence, death entered life’s equation, making eternity obsolete, and both of the created (Adam and Eve) were banned of all that was good, God himself, and all His blessings. Instead of stewardship, hardship and pain was bestowed upon their lives. The Deceiver, Satan, including his subjects were also chased from God’s presence and were given dominion over the earth, but God in His grace and mercy put enmity between Eve’s seed and that of the Old Serpent and clothed them with a righteous garment of skin according to His word: “Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sin” pointing to the coming Messiah: Jesus Christ, the perfect lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
Jesus restored eternal order with His death and resurrection. He brought unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Him (Ephesians 1:10). He also marked us in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, when we believed. He restored us into eternity by knowing God through Him as found in John 17:4: “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”. This knowledge has cast a whole new meaning onto the Lord’s prayer for me.
Our Father who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy Kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven
The Kingdom of Heaven and eternity have been ushered in and are continually being restored into earth and into the hearts of those who have believed in the Son. As my friend Stephanie put it:: “The word of God, is the will of God and the will of God became effective in Christ’s death and resurrection, and the Holy Spirit is the Executor of that will” who is the deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession-to the praise of His glory (Ephesians 1:14). He has also given us authority over all things under Jesus Christ. The power that resurrected Christ from the grave is also in us and Jesus promised that we will do greater things in His name through the Power of the Holy Spirit to the glory of the Father (John 12:10-16). He has also given us the key to the kingdom of heaven saying whatever we bind on earth, will be bound in heaven and whatever we loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. So friends, if you have been living thinking that eternity awaits you after you pass away, may God give you divine insight of your inheritance while on earth and remind you that you are already in it, but awaiting to be restored into your glorified bodies leaving behind these decaying ones just as it was once in the Garden of Eden, when Adam walked with God in the coolness of the day.
MEMORY VERSE: “Therefore, if ANYONE is IN CHRIST, he is A NEW CREATION; the old has gone, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17