When I was a young boy, one word often tormented me – Eternity. I could hear sermons about God, about sin, about judgment, or even about the devil, and it didn’t put me up nor down. But when the pastor started preaching on eternity, that rocked my world. It didn’t matter if he spoke of the foreverness of heaven or the foreverness of hell, it was the concept of foreverness that deeply disturbed me for days – and nights.I think it was because the idea of eternity is so different to our experience of life in this earth where everything has an end; both good things and bad things eventually come to an end. But eternity brought me into a dimension, a realm, where nothing ever ended. I believe God used that one word, eternity, (and its siblings like everlasting, forever, etc.) to convict me of my spiritual need and to cultivate spiritual concern. And now that I am a preacher myself, I find myself often returning to the same theme, hoping and praying that it will have the same effect on others as it did on me. As one year ends and another begins, it’s a good time to consider what is “everlasting.” Bad things that will last forever Everlasting Punishment (Matthew 25:46): Implies infinite crime Everlasting Destruction (2 Thess.1 :9): Destruction not of being but of well-being Everlasting Darkness (Jude 10) – A night with no moon, no stars, and no morning Everlasting Fire (Matthew 18:8): Causes everlasting weeping, wailing, gnashing of teeth Everlasting Contempt (Daniel 12:2): Despised, belittled, and disregarded Everlasting Confusion (Jer.20: 11): Disorder, disorganization, chaos, unpredictability Everlasting Chains (Jude 6): Bondage, limitation, oppression, powerlessness Everlasting Worm (Mark 9:44): Worm of conscience gnawing and chewing away forever Good things that will last forever Everlasting Kindness (Isa.54: 8): Not sporadic and spasmodic Everlasting Salvation (Isa.45: 17): Not just physical/temporary deliverances, but spiritual/eternal Everlasting Light (lsa.60: 19): A morning with no cloud, no sunset, and no night Everlasting Consolation (2 Thess.2:16): Healing, comfort, warmth, peace, relaxation Everlasting Love (Jer. 31:3): A love with no beginning or end Everlasting Kingdom (Dan. 4:3): Because of an everlasting King Everlasting Arms (Dt.33:27): Arms = defense, protection, support, strength Everlasting Joy (Isa. 51:11): Unending smiles, laughter, delight, happiness Everlasting Covenant (Isa. 55:3): Promises that will never be broken, no matter the circumstances
Everlasting Name (Isa. 56:5): How can you get a better name than a son or daughter of God?
Everlasting Life (Matt. 19:29): Infinite in quantity and quality