Eternity! Something that seems to be so mysterious and ethereal. What or where exactly is eternity? A question that is found in the depth of every human soul; A search that either causes an individual to dismiss its reality completely or sets an individual on a journey to pursue it.
Religion tries to give an answer to that question, yet none of the answers can satisfy or bring an assurance of its reality and existence. It seems to be more of a theoretical idea rather than an experiential reality that it is tangible to our body, mind, souls and heart.
I am a Christian and a believer of Jesus Christ. I am not approaching this from a religious point of view, but a view point from the Person of God, His Holy Spirit and His Word. So then what is Eternity to Christian? What exactly is Eternal Life that we receive from Jesus through that cross?
Jesus' conversation with His Father in heaven recorded in John 17:3 give us a glimpse and understanding of what Eternal Life is.
"And this is eternal life, that they (Christians) know You (God) the only true God, and Jesus Christ (Himself) whom You have sent." - John 17:3
Perhaps the purpose of eternal life is all about knowing God & His Son, Jesus Christ more than just going into beautiful and timeless space where we can enjoy all the goodies in heaven. And If it takes eternity for us to know a Person, perhaps we have yet to figure out how infinitely great and glorious God is. We can never ever exhaust knowing Him and for all eternity we will be experiencing a perpetual state of awe and fascination in the light of His Greatness and Beauty. Just as the Psalmist of Old declared in Psalm 145 of His inexhaustible greatness, eternity seems to be the right environment and space for us to search Him out.
"Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and His Greatness is unsearchable." - Psalm 145:3
Then do we have to wait till we cross into eternity to enjoy the pleasure of knowing God? The truth is this; eternity has started from the day you give your heart to Jesus and making Him the lover of your soul. The same way He breathe His very own breath into Adam (Genesis 2:7), He breathe His Spirit into you. God Himself now dwells within you, eternity has been place within you and your heart. Within you there is an atmosphere of heaven and a seed of God's eternal Kingdom is established with you. You become the vessel that carry and His presence. He is now within your reach to search Him out and to know Him.
There are 2 things that God has given to us that are timeless and eternal: His Word & His Holy Spirit.
"Heaven & Earth will pass away, but My Word will not pass away" - Matthew 24:35
"How much more the blood of Christ who through the Eternal Spirit offered Himself with blemish to God, purify our conscience from our dead works to serve the Living God? - Hebrews 9:14
In order to have eternity written on our heart, and to have a heart that is set on a pursuit to know God and His Son, Jesus Christ above all else is found in the Word & the Spirit. The resolve to live a life of constant fellowship with the Holy Spirit who dwells within you and have Him reveal Jesus, The Eternal Word made flesh to you through the written word that is found in your Bible.
Everything the Holy Spirit does (Be it signs wonders and miracles to the manifestation of the gift of the Spirit) is to reveal Jesus and glorify Him. He loves to made Him known and to show the world how great and beautiful He is. At God's word the Holy Spirit create all of creations, and the splendorous creations reveals the glory of God. Likewise, He is committed to do it for Jesus, the Living Word and reveal His Glory.
This is Eternity. I get to enjoy eternity right now despite of the limitation I have with this temporal body of mine. At the same time, I looked forward to the other side of eternity where I get a incorruptible body that Jesus purchased for me and I can finally see the Him face to face in the fullness of His glory without limitation that I've been pursuing here on this side of eternity.
Heaven is only good because God is there. Eternity exist only because God is The Eternal One. I have decided to let Him set eternity on my heart to pursue Him more than anything temporal on this earth. He is worth it.