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Bible Study: What Is an Eternal Perspective?

What is an eternal perspective?

As Christians, we often refer to “eternity” as “forever” or “for all time,” but those aren’t exactly accurate descriptions of eternity. Words like “forever” and phrases like “for all time,” despite the extended length of time they describe, still describe time. Does that make sense? I know it can seem a bit confusing and I’m not going to pretend that I can explain it all perfectly, but I hope this will help you rethink your perspective on eternity and eternal things.

Eternity is outside of time. Eternity is timelessness; that is, there is no “concept of time” within eternity and eternity doesn’t exist within the boundaries of “time.” I’ve been thinking about this because Christians talk about eternity a lot. We talk about God being eternal, and many of us assume we know what “eternal” means, but eternal has a much deeper meaning than just “forever.”

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemies before you, saying, ‘Destroy them!’ (Deuteronomy 33:27 NIV)

This verse says “the eternal God” is our refuge–eternal, outside of time. God experiences all the separate and distinct moments of my life in an instant. He experiences my past, present and future instantaneously. He is and has experienced my future, though I haven’t yet, because He is not bound by time.

I don’t know about you, but that actually gives me great peace. By the time I experience my future, God already will have seen and experienced it. He really does hold us in the palm of His hand. God is outside of our time-bound existence.

My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and the Father are one (John 10:27-30 NIV).

An eternal perspective is one that views a much larger picture than the one we see in our time-oriented lives. Having an eternal perspective helps us to focus on things that transcend time like God, grace, mercy, love, faith and hope, instead of losing ourselves in our circumstances. An eternal perspective also assures us that God has a reason for the things He does, the things He allows and the answers He gives, even if we never understand the reason in our “time.”

Girls, do these thoughts on eternity affect your understanding of God? What are your thoughts on eternity and having an eternal perspective?

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5 Comments

  1. InfiniteFaith

    Posted by InfiniteFaith on January 7, 2013 at 16:31

    Wow, I’ll definitely be looking into this this week! It was a very intriguing article. I definitely didn’t understand the true meaning of eternity before today! It’s amazing that God’s love for every one of us is eternal and unconditional. 🙂

  2. Paris

    Posted by Paris on January 6, 2013 at 21:41

    This is a deep,soulful writing.I can tell you wrote it from the heart.Great job,Jennifer! 😀
    Never thought about that,now that I know what eternity means,it makes God that much more AWESOME. 😉

  3. Nellie

    Posted by Nellie on January 6, 2013 at 18:53

    I haven’t thought about it that way before, but i instantly saw how right you are!! This was truly enlightening and I thoroughly enjoyed this article! Wonderful!

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by musiclover88 on January 6, 2013 at 12:20

    Wow! This was so deep for me. It made me feel more secure and in awe of the way God knows what I have, am, and will go through and is with me the whole way.

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by NatalieNoel13 on January 6, 2013 at 10:53

    I had never thought about that before! Very interesting. Definitely going to think about this more.