He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (NIV)
The King James says, “also he hath set the world in their heart.” The word translated world is owlam (Strong’s Hebrew 5759). In Hebrew, owlam signifies a far distance: and example being the distance to the horizon. If I set out on a journey to reach the horizon, I will travel for days, months, years, a lifetime, but I will never reach it. It will always be further out, beyond my reach.
God has placed this longing to reach owlam, eternity, distant horizons, the end times, the Omega Point, the Convergence, Utopia, Paradise, The great awakening, Cosmic Consciousness, Nirvana, the Age of Aquarius, The New Jerusalem, Heaven – or as the Vulcan’s say, Sha-Ka-Ree – within each of us.
6 [GOD] Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
Two terms: Immortality, and eternal life
The Greek word translated immortality is Strong’s 861, arphtharsia meaning imperishableness, immortality, incorruption. 1 Corinthians 15 speaks of the resurrected, immortal, spiritual, incorruptible body.
Immortality is a future event for us. We will all have to die first before we get our spiritual bodies. But we who are believers in Jesus have eternal life right here, right now. We don’t have to wait for death or a rapture event to have the life of God in us. We have it now.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
There are 5 components of the Eternal Life:
- Knowing that our sins are forgiven.
- Walking in holiness, the character of God
- Knowledge that our prayers are answered.
- Fellowship with God and our brothers and sisters.
- Shalom, the peace of God.
If we can but grasp this treasure we have in jars of clay, we will live this life on Earth as victorious, triumphant, conquering, vanquishing, productive, and fruitful witnesses for Christ.