eternity (영원)

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (ESV)

11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

 

Eternity. 영원.

The concept of eternity can be quite overwhelming.

Our minds are so small, so focussed on the temporal, that ‘no human mind has conceived the things God has prepared for those who love him.’ (1 Corinthians 2:9b)

And yet this offer of ‘eternal life’ is freely given. A wonderful ‘gift of God’ (Romans 6:23)

Deep down we suspect it to be true. The question is: “Will we put our trust in Him?”

The alternative?

Eternal punishment’. (Matthew 25:46)

That is our lot if we reject Him. If we choose not to follow Him.

After all, He is our sovereign Lord whether we accept it or not. But will we invite Him to be our Saviour?

All God asks is for us to quite simply ‘”Repent and believe the good news!”‘ (Mark 1:15): that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (Galatians 2:20); who ‘died and rose again’ (1 Thessalonians 4:14); and is now ‘seated at the right hand of God.’ (Colossians 3:1)

Kim+

prayer : thank you for the simple truth of the gospel and it’s saving power

action : share this truth with others

vanity (허영)

Ecclesiastes 1:2-4 (ESV)

2 Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. 3 What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? 4 A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever.

Vanity. 허영.

It’s such an interesting word and yet according to the ESV footnote the original Hebrew term hebel refers to a “mist, vapour, or mere breath.”: something “fleeting or elusive”.

It makes you wonder what the point of it all is when our lives are so short; so transitory; so finite.

We work our butts off as we ‘toil under the sun’ (v.3). But where does it get us in the end?

The good news is: there’s more to life than this.

That although our lives on earth may be considered temporary, as Christians, we have a greater hope: the promise of eternal life. (John 3:16)

Eternity spent worshipping our Creator. The One who breathed the very life into us. (Genesis 2:7, Acts 17:25)

Yet how can we be so sure?

Because Jesus didn’t simply die ‘… on a cross, but God raised him from the dead on the third day …’ (Acts 10:40)

So while a life lived for ourselves – our own selfishness and pleasures – may be vanity, a life lived trusting in Christ, His death and resurrection, is of infinite value.

Kim+

prayer : thank you that your gracious gift of eternal life does not rest on my own merit but on what Christ did ‘once for all’ (Romans 6:10) on the cross

action : pray for those who do not know Christ but reject His will for their lives

by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption

Hebrews 9:12 (ESV)

12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.

The system of sacrifice was well established in ancient Israel as outlined in the Book of Leviticus.

Basically, a sacrifice was needed to pay for sin. Sin couldn’t go unpunished.

Sin, in a nutshell, is not just what we do wrong. It’s what separates us from God. It’s essentially us turning our back on God and wanting to live our lives our own way.

Thus the priests performed their duties on a regular basis as no one sacrifice could pay for “all” of Israel’s sin going forward. It needed to be done again and again and again.

However, Jesus became the sacrifice “once for all”.

He ushered in a “new covenant” (Hebrews 9:15). A new arrangement or deal between man and God.

For Jesus Christ paid the ultimate “price” (1 Corinthians 6:20).

And this was possible because God the Father “made him to be sin who knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

He was like “a lamb without blemish or spot” (1 Peter 1:19).

Thus Jesus shed His own “blood.” (Hebrews 10:19).

“[Cleansing] us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).

And all this was done to secure for us an eternal redemption.

Kim+

prayer : thank you for your sacrifice on the cross in our place

action : repent of my own sinfulness knowing God will forgive me

but I received mercy

“But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief,” 1 Timothy 1:13b (ESV)

“But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:16 (ESV)

How great is God’s mercy?

We certainly don’t deserve it.

Like Paul, we turn our back on God. Choosing to ignore Him, reject Him, perhaps even blaspheme and actively oppose Him.

Yet God still loves us.

We’re His creation. And He wants nothing more than to be in a relationship with us.

Patiently waiting for us to return. His arms outstretched wide.

All too often we think of God as a harsh taskmaster. A ruthless judge dishing out punishment for all of our indiscretions.

But nothing could be further from the truth.

He is the God “who shows compassion to those who fear Him.” (Psalm 103:13)

Kim+

prayer : thank you God that in your great mercy I can call you “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:15)

action : be an example to others through love and mercy