Archives For Eternal Living

Posts about living for eternity now in this present, fallen age.

“At the root of the Christian life lies belief in the invisible. The object of the Christian’s faith is unseen reality.”
AW Tozer, The Pursuit of God

Tozer, on the Invisible Kingdom (2)

“A spiritual kingdom lies all about us, enclosing us, embracing us, altogether within reach of our inner selves, waiting for us to recognize it. God Himself is here waiting our response to His presence. This eternal world will come alive to us the moment we begin to reckon upon its reality.”
AW Tozer, The Pursuit of God

Tozer, on the Invisible Kingdom

For the Glory!

Phil —  March 9, 2013 — Leave a comment

One of my favorite bands from high school/college, the OC Supertones just released a new album after having been broken up for seven years. Entitled For the Glory, this is an incredible album that has been speaking to me for months.

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Jonah and the Vine

Phil —  March 1, 2013 — 2 Comments

But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?” (Jonah 4:10, 11 NIV)

Sometimes, I feel like Christians in the US have more concern for the “vines” in their lives than for the people living and dying in spiritual darkness. This applies to me, especially. I get wrapped up in side projects or ancillary details all the time, neglecting much of what is really important in life.
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The Myth of “Christian Love”

Phil —  February 10, 2013 — Leave a comment

I was doing my devotions the other day, and I saw a verse—sorry, I can’t remember where it was, and I didn’t write it down—that used the term “Christian love.”

Instantly, I was struck with a thought that startled me: “‘Christian love’ sounds kind of weak.” Woah! Where did that come from?

I don’t like to admit that I felt this way, but I bet that you, like me, have that same line of thinking bouncing around in your head somewhere. No? So, it’s just me? Dang. Well, please allow me a chance to at least explain myself.

I Love You…But Only Cause I Have To!

We all have people we don’t like; people that we would do anything to avoid. It’s not that we hate these people per se. It’s just that if God gave us a choice between years spent living them on a deserted island or a marathon swim through shark-infested waters…we’d be putting on our swim fins before He finished talking. These are the kinds of people that we feel forced to love by God. So, we don’t love them like we love our family or even our friends. We love them with “Christian love.”

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No Temple, No Problem

Phil —  January 25, 2013 — Leave a comment

There will be a day when we will no longer need a temple or even the son. We’ll have God, and He will be our all in all.

I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (Revelation 21:22-27 NIV)

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
Romans 8:18-25 NIV

Waiting for the Glory Yet to be Revealed

Living As in the Daytime

Phil —  December 22, 2012 — Leave a comment

“The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.”
Romans 13:12, 13

I read this verse just the other night in my devotions. I think that it’s a great way of looking at how we are to be living. Even though the world is now steeped in darkness, even though the day has yet to come, we are to live as if the sun were already shining.

The Christian life is not one that is meant to be kept on hold until Heaven. We are saved now, being changed now, to live now as if we were already walking on streets of gold. It’s not an easy way to live, which is why we must be empowered by God’s indwelling presence every day.

Heaven is not just our eternal dwelling place—it’s where God’s presence is. If His presence is within us as we live out the laws of His coming kingdom, then we’ll be spreading a bit of “heaven on earth,” something our world desperately needs.