God is Eternal (From the Never-Ending, Ever-Growing List of the Character Traits of God)

God is Eternal: From the Never-ending, Ever-growing List of the Character Traits of God. (www.JeanWilund.com)

They say,” Nothing lasts forever.” 

They are wrong. 

Three things last forever:

God,

His Word, 

and People.

These three live forever, but one of these things is not like the other, as in eternal from eternity past into eternity future.

Let’s take a look.

God


God is eternal from eternity past into eternity future. There’s never been a time when He didn’t exist. 

He wasn’t born. He wasn’t created. 

He is, He has always been, and He will always continue to be.

Eternal.

“Before the mountains were born Or You gave birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God” (Psalm 90:2 NASB).

God’s Word


God’s Word is God, so it’s only logical that it will last forever.

I don’t mean God’s Word as in the printed paper and ink of the Bible is God. That would be silly. But the Gospel of John tells us:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1 ESV). 

John is referring to Jesus Christ in this passage. Jesus is the Word. And His Word stands forever.

“The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8 NASB).

Even before God spoke His Word to create the world, His Word existed from eternity past in Jesus Christ and will stand on into eternity future.

People


We are not God.

I know. I forget that at times, too.

We aren’t God, but He created us to be eternal.

Remembering that everyone is eternal should put an urgency into our hearts to share the truth of the Gospel message with others. And it should give us comfort.

A friend of mine reminded me of the comfort this truth offers when he spoke of a couple whose child lived only two brief minutes. Their next child lived only two months.

The heartbroken couple couldn’t understand why God would create children to only live for two minutes and two months.

A friend encouraged them that God didn’t create them to live that short. He created them to live eternally. It was only their time on earth that was short. Their children are more alive in heaven now than they ever were on earth. 

None of us will live forever on earth — we can thank sin and death for that — but our souls will live forever. Where our souls will live, however, is up to us.

Where Will We Spend Our Eternity?


God has offered eternity in heaven with Him by His grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. 

It’s an extravagant offer, but it comes with a time limit.

The offer expires when we do.

“And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

Those who choose No to God’s offer will spend their eternity separated from Him in hell. It’s a horrible reality, but it’s the choice we make when we choose to reject His Son and His gift of salvation. 

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NASB). 

“These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matthew 25:46 NASB). 

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;  not as a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NASB).

Knowing God is Eternal Makes a Difference Today


Knowing God is eternal helps us live today.

We don’t have to scramble to “have it all” here because we’re spending eternity there.

And the all we’ll have there will outshine anything we have here — so long as your there is heaven. Otherwise, get it here while you can because there will be hell. Literally.

God works each day with eternity in mind.

Too often, though, we have now in mind. We want God to fix our problems nowWe want Him to fix this world now.

Or do we? Consider this:

If we knew everything God knows about yesterday, today, or forever, we’d do and time everything exactly as He has.

So, maybe we don’t really want Him to fix everything on our timetable or in our way. We just think we do because we don’t know what we don’t know.

Think George Bailey in It’s A Wonderful Life. When he got what he thought he wanted, he realized he didn’t really want what he wanted after all. 

Instead, what we really want in our deepest heart is to learn to trust and rest in God’s eternal plan. 

Knowing God is eternal helps us put today into perspective.

God isn’t in a hurry. He has forever to work out His plan, and it’s a great one. No, it’s a perfect one.

Sometimes I’m impatient as I pray for things. My heart strangles from the overwhelming desire for God to answer my prayer now.

I’ve laid awake for hours, begging God for the answer my heart craves — answers I imagine must also be His heart’s desire. Peace eludes me until I remember He’s eternal.

God is not always in a hurry to answer my prayers, but not because He doesn’t care. Because He always knows the right thing to do at the right time.

I can rest because God never does.

God is Eternal: From the Never-ending, Ever-growing List of the Character Traits of God. (www.JeanWilund.com)God’s Word on His Eternality


“For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever” (Isaiah 57:15a NASB).

“Before the mountains were born Or You gave birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God” (Psalm 90:2 NASB).

“Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’” (Isaiah 46:9,10 NASB).

“And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM’” (Exodus 3:14 NASB).

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Best Bible in a Year App — ReadScripture App Makes Reading the Bible in a Year Easy & Fun

Bible Project's ReadScripture App makes reading the Bible in a Year easier and more fun. (www.JeanWilund.com) 

Reading the Bible in a Year has never been easier or more fun.


That’s a big claim, but I can back it up: I’m reading the Bible in a year, and it’s never been easier or more fun.

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God is Supreme (from The Never-Ending, Ever-Growing List of the Character Traits of God)

 God is Supreme (From The Never-Ending, Ever-Growing List of the Character Traits of God) via www.JeanWilund.comWho’s Supreme This Week?

The College Football Playoff Committee deliberated for hours. Last night they presented their decision on who’s supreme on November 1, 2016.

Alabama is the supreme college football team in the nation. This week.

Next week it could be Clemson (Yay!) or Michigan. Or an unexpected sleeper school. It just depends on how the teams perform and the committee looks at their performance and talent.

Thankfully that’s not the way God works. There’s no committee to determine who’s supreme in the universe this week.

God alone is supreme forever.

GOD IS SUPREME

To say that God is supreme means no one and nothing is greater than God. No one even matches Him.

He’s it — The Supreme One.

Could Be A Problem For Us

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Jesus said, “Abide in Me, and I in you.” I said, “Huh?”

If you've ever wanted to understand Jesus' parable of the Vine and the Branches, you've found the right place. David Tryon explains it well. (www.JeanWilund.com)

Jesus said, “Abide in Me, and I in you.” I said, “Huh?”

Then He said, “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

That sounded important, yet still my response was, “Huh?”

Maybe if I’d lived on a vineyard in Italy this would’ve made sense, but I grew up outside of Atlanta, GA, better known for peaches, peanuts and red clay.

I couldn’t wrap my brain around how one could actually “abide in Christ.” Until . . . David Tryon and his article “The Vine and the Branches.”

Tryon made sense of this confusing, but life-changing truth.

I re-wrote all of it into more modern English, but I have no idea where it’s disappeared to, so I’m including the version my dear friend and mentor Grace gave me years ago.

Yes, this is long, but I didn’t want to leave any of it out for those of you who, like me, desperately want this truth to sink in and make a difference.

For those who don’t have the time to delve into this long article, I’ll be addressing this in much shorter clips soon, but please consider studying this. It changed me.

If God can use this to change me, why would He not do the same for you?  


 THE VINE AND THE BRANCHES

By

David Tryon

 

There are many Christians, struggling to live the Christian life, who have never discovered where the strength to live that life is to be found.

There are many earnest believers, young and old, who are continually being disappointed and cast down because they are finding their own resources so inadequate to meet the demands of real Christian living.

There are hundreds of Christians of all ages who are hungering and thirsting after a fuller, deeper life than that which they now experience. [Read more…]

Memorizing Bible Verses Just Got Easier — The Best Free Bible Verse Memory Apps

Click to view: Memorizing Bible Verses Just Got Easier! The Best Bible Verse Memory Apps via www.JeanWilund.com Check out these Bible Memory Apps and download one today. It will be one of the best things you remember to do today.

I never saw a purple cow. 

I never hope to see one;

But I can tell you, anyhow, I’d rather see than be one!


My high school English teacher quoted the Purple Cow poem constantly! 

Thirty-four years later, I still can’t banish it from my mind. 

Memorization works.

Over the years I’ve memorized many Bible verses, but my skills aren’t working as well as they used to. I’m glad I now have Bible Memory apps to help me.

Check out these Bible Memory Apps and download one today. It will be one of the best things you remember to do today. [Read more…]

My Top Five Favorite Bible Study Apps

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Ever try to snuggle up with your Bible, an unabridged commentary, Bible dictionary, and a couple other resources? It makes me thankful to live in a time when we can hold an entire library in our hands. 

With the advancement of the internet and smart phones, I’m thrilled to have an app for that. I feel so free! 

Here is a list of my top five favorite Bible Study apps in no particular order: [Read more…]