My favorite quote from this week’s episode is Shawn’s simple comment, “Right now is part of eternity.” I’ve made the same mistake as the people with whom Shawn dialogued–I thought of eternity as starting when I die. Eternity is now.
This changes the way I feel. In 2 Corinthians 4:18 (ESV), Paul said, “As we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” I try hard to live for the eternal, but too often temporal things have controlled my emotions because I still thought I lived in time.
More importantly, considering my current state in eternity changes my understanding of the nearness of God. Isaiah 57:15 (ESV) says, “For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity…” God is in eternity. As long as I think I’m in time, He feels distant. But He hasn’t left me there.
Ravi summed it up so well at the end of the chapter when he explained John 3:16.
The starting point is filial;
The giving is unconditional;
The gift is relational;
The range is eternal;
At the core it is judicial.
“The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms…” (Deuteronomy 33:27 ESV).