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Eternal life here and now | What's on your chalk board? | Giles Cornell
Sunday 18th February


The promise of eternal life, the assurance of our salvation here and now is something key on our chalk board 

 

The apostle paul says it like this

 

So we do not give up. Our physical body is becoming older and weaker, but our spirit inside us is made new every day. We have small troubles for a while now, but they are helping us gain an eternal glory that is much greater than the troubles. We set our eyes not on what we see but on what we cannot see. What we see will last only a short time, but what we cannot see will last forever. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NCV)

 

This is what it means to live by faith, living in such a way that we are eternally minded while being all the good on earth.

 

We are called to live super natural which is possible as we allow ourselves to be filled with his love and grace.

 

You are blessed as it's been revealed to you I am the Christ and the next min get behind me satan you are mindful of things of men not of God.

 

We pray let it be on earth as it is in heaven. Pray let us Bring the heavenly life into our daily life 

 

As a church or group of people we keep one eye on the return of Christ and gather together to worship and bring others into worship.

 

If our view of church is leaning towards entertainment or being fulfilled. Or is our view connecting with God and each other.

 

Our view and our vision is more than the here and now, but the vision of the eternal life and bringing others into relationship with ourselves and with God

 

Knowing that he who holds the keys to heaven believes in us, loves us and he longs to bring us into his presence.

 

The scripture For we walk by faith, not by sight. (II Corinthians 5:7 NKJV)

 

Although this scripture is used for many purposes Is clearly speaking to us about the assurance of our salvation.

 

We know that our body—the tent we live in here on earth—will be destroyed. But when that happens, 

 

God will have a house for us. It will not be a house made by human hands; instead, it will be a home in heaven that will last forever. 

 

But now we groan in this tent. We want God to give us our heavenly home,

 

While we live in this body, we have burdens, and we groan. We do not want to be naked, but we want to be clothed with our heavenly home.

 

 Then this body that dies will be fully covered with life. This is what God made us for, and he has given us the Spirit to be a guarantee for this new life. So we always have courage. 

 

We know that while we live in this body, we are away from the Lord. We live by what we believe, not by what we can see. So I say that we have courage. We really want to be away from this body and be at home with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:1-2, 4-8 NCV)

 

As we are secure in the knowledge that we have a place for us it gives us boldness to live each day   

 

if we had the contrary view of life, ie if all we have is this life the life as we know it the life we can see on earth 

 

This life ends and there is no more beyond then of course it changes our outlook 

 

If this was the case there would be no responsibility, no consequences to our actions eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die.

 

if however we believe that there is a after life that we have an eternal soul we have a different view

 

 The Bible says that he has placed in eternity within each of us, given us purpose and given us time to enjoy our lives.

 

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God. (Ecclesiastes 3:11-13 NKJV)

 

The soul of every human being knows that there is more to them than flesh and blood there is more to us

 

The more is a spiritual being, that is this eternal soul 

 

This eternal soul is created to be in fellowship with God for eternity.   

 

Death seems unnatural yet is all around us daily the news the hospitals we know the reality and inevitabiltilty  of death  

 

Man was meant to live forever.   The tree of life placed in the garden of Eden was to give them eternal life, eternal communication with God eternal fellowship but because of sin man death came to man.  Eat of the the fruit and will surely die.

 

Man was given a choice eat of this and die or eat of the tree of life and live forever.

 

In John 3 we read Unless a man is born again he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven, because the eternal death of man's spirit for those not spiritual re born.

 

Born once died twice, born twice die once. To be born again literally means we are born from above, that the life we live comes from the inside

 

Jesus said to know eternal life is to know Christ the son of God.

 

We all give an account, what did you do with the life you have been given, did you know God and Jesus Christ whom he sent.

 

To know Christ is to know God to know him is to love him and to loved by him.

 

The essentials that every believer should know is that to move from death to life, to not know the second death we need to know the giver of life.

 

Sin brought that second death

 

Scripture tells us that 'The soul that sins shall die.' But Jesus said I have come to give life.

 

Paul also says in his letter to Titus

 

In the past we also were foolish. We did not obey, we were wrong, and we were slaves to many things our bodies wanted and enjoyed. We spent our lives doing evil and being jealous. People hated us, and we hated each other. 

 

But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour was shown, he saved us because of his mercy. It was not because of good deeds we did to be right with him. 

 

He saved us through the washing that made us new people through the Holy Spirit. God poured out richly upon us that Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ our Saviour. 

 

Being made right with God by his grace, we could have the hope of receiving the life that never ends. This teaching is true, and I want you to be sure the people understand these things. 

 

Then those who believe in God will be careful to use their lives for doing good. These things are good and will help everyone. (Titus 3:3-8 NCV)

 

To receive the life that never ends we receive Christ himself

 

He said I am the way the truth and the life.

 

The call of Christ is to live, the call of Christ is to have purpose, the call of Christ is to deny ourselves take up our cross and for us to follow him 

 

His disciples followed his example and It's time we take our place

 

Those following Christ have a new life,  following Christ is the desire to not live for ourselves but live for others to take the challenges of this life know we have an eternal hope.

 

When we see this world as temporary, a life we are passing through it changes your perspective.

 

 

 if we keep our eyes on the eternal prize we live a life in such a way that shows God, work in us.

 

That is heaven on earth and we know being ‘exalted to the place where Jesus has gone before’ is precisely not about being snatched away from this wicked world. 

 

On the contrary, it is to be taken in the power of the Spirit to the place from which the world is run.

 

Paul says to Ephesus 

 

‘God raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus’. 

 

when we understand why he goes on to say that God’s plan is to unveil his wisdom through the church before the surprised and alarmed eyes of the principalities and powers. 

 

The whole letter to the Ephesians is all about this, and it commits us to unceasing and vigilant spiritual warfare, taking the whole armour of God and being prepared to suffer for our cheerful witness to his kingdom.

 

It leaves us with a mission, but a mission to meet the urgent needs of our day. 

 

And our task is to embody and proclaim what the Spirit is saying to the world and its rulers, calling the world and its rulers to account, fresh wisdom, clear proposals. 

 

We who believe in Jesus Christ as the world’s true Lord, calling all rulers to account, cannot keep silent at such a time.

 

The witness of the church consists, as it has always done, in living within the present world according to the new rule of the ascended Lord, 

 

living in faith, hope and love, putting into practice the generous self-giving love 

 

living out the Beatitudes day by day, demonstrating to the world that there is a different way to be human, 

 

a way of charity and chastity, 

 

a way of patience and prudence, 

 

a way of joy and justice.

 

The whole life of the church, particularly in its outward-facing works of mercy and generosity, of justice and compassion, is the setting within which a few of us can speak with conviction about the rule of the crucified and resurrected Saviour.

 

We don’t just sit on the sidelines watching passively. No: the Spirit will call the world to account through us, through our life, our witnessing, our own struggles for holiness and unity,

 

 

How do we get eternal life, we believe in Christ who is the life we are looking for.

 

2 Corinthians 5:21-- "For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ" (New Living Translation).

 

The only person who doesn’t stand before God unclean and in filthy rags is Jesus Christ. Since our merits are at best inadequate, Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to provide us with his merit.

 

It is only by believing in Christ and his work on the cross we accept the gift of salvation.

 

As we make this decision to change we turn around, we leave behind our old life, we start to follow him and he removes our old nature and nails it to the cross.  He clothes us with his nature his love and his garments.  He gives his Holy Spirit.

 

Isaiah 61

 

I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, My soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness 

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