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"I Am with You -- for All Eternity"

August 1, 2006

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"And He will reign for ever and ever." Revelation 11:15

Time and space are two mysteries no one can even hope to solve. We use the term "infinity," but we cannot begin to visualize space without end. And when we consider eternity -- time without a beginning or end, or perhaps even the absence of time -- our minds begin to reel.

Involved in these mysteries is the mystery of heaven. In this life we cannot hope to know where it is nor to understand it in terms of time. These are things that shall be revealed to us.

The Bible in glowing terms gives us a tiny glimpse of what heaven is like. We know that we shall live perfect lives of happiness there with perfect, glorified bodies, time without end. We know that there we shall meet again our loved ones who have gone before and that there we shall see God face to face. We know that there we shall forever experience the love of God in all its fullness.

In Christ Jesus, the Son of God, heaven itself has in one respect been brought down to this earth. For we have in Him already come to believe and to live in that love. In Him eternity has touched our world of time, for in Him we have been given, here and now, the gift of eternal life, which cannot be taken from us. And in this eternal life Christ Jesus is even now reigning in our hearts as Lord and King, even as He shall continue to reign for all eternity.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, reign in our hearts, keep us in true faith, and be with us for all eternity. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 119:1-88    1 Thessalonians 5

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