Life On A Higher Plane
Eternal life is something that we sometimes only think of in terms of its quantity. It lasts forever. It also has a greater quality to it here and now. Lost people will exist forever in the Lake of Fire and saved people will live forever in the Paradise of Heaven. The different quality of existence between the two destinies is easy to understand as we gaze off into the future.
One of the greatest delights of being a Christian is noticing the differences God has made in us and in our lives here and now. We have to look carefully and diligently to find them since we don*t have as clear a perception of the Kingdom of God here and now as we will have when we get there.
1 Corinthians 13:12: For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
We can only see darkly that the Kingdom is within us. We can only see darkly that the King is within our hearts.
Luke 17:21: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Ephesians 3:17a: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; . . .
We can only see darkly the difference between what our hearts were before we trusted Christ (deceitful and wicked) and what they are now (pure).
Jeremiah 17:9: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Acts 15:7-9: And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. 8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; 9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
Matthew 5:8: Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
The Bible is the lens that will help clear up our spiritual myopia and help us to perceive in a greater way the changes that God has wrought in us so that we might have a greater delight in them.
The more a Christian reads and studies the Bible the more he will know about the changes that God has wrought in him. The more a Christian knows about the changes God has wrought in Him the more secure and fruitful he will be. And the more he will be able recognize and enjoy the eternal life that is in him here and now.
John 10:10b: . . . I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Galatians 2:20: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Ephesians 2:10: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
John 15:4: Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
W. Hay Aitken:
From moment to moment, and from hour to hour, the inner nature of man is to be continually sustained with the life of God. Only as I am constantly receiving His fullness into my emptiness am I really living in the true, full, deep sense of the word, that life of eternity, which is my privilege now, and will be my glory hereafter.
Colossians 3:1-2: If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.