Clouds and harps
I just read this entry about eternal life today, Jim, and interestingly, I was thinking this morning about some peoples’ notion of heaven as sitting on clouds, playing harps... forever. And though I doubt that many actually believe this, it does carry the idea of an infinite time span with little to do. Pretty unappetizing. Nevertheless, people want to know, or be assured that there is something beyond this life that is better, even if it’s only floating on a cloud, free from worry. My Greek mindset leads me to think in terms of a linear future time doing something with God, moment after moment. Let’s see, what day is it? Feb. 3rd 43,000,205 I.E. (In Eternity). But there’s something missing here. Ah, it’s Jesus... Yeshua... the One who was slain from the foundation of the world, the Aleph and Tav, the Creator of everything... even time? Yes, time is perhaps only a part of the eternal Life picture. How much richer and fulfilling is the concept of growing and expanding life in Him. And as you say, God’s life “grows and fills us as we draw near to Him.” It is the answer to His prayer in Gethsemane that we would be one with Him, the prayer that starts off with, “And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent..."