Temporal and Eternal

“Now this is eternal life: that they may know you,  the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”    (John 17:3)

To appreciate eternal values we must define these two words.  The word “eternal” literally means “that which was, that which is, and that which always shall be.”  The word “temporal” relates to that which is temporary.

Jesus made it clear that we have eternal life because we are related to the true God and the One Whom He has sent.  They are eternal and we have eternal life because we are related to them.  We must also make the observation that the words “eternal life” are referring to a quality of life as well as a quantity of life.

The word “value” also needs to be defined.  The dictionaries tell us “a value is that quality of any certain thing by which it is determined by us to be more or less important, useful, profitable and therefore desirable.” When we bring these two concepts together we should realize we are discussing what is more or less important, useful, profitable and therefore desirable in this life and in the life to come.

A second eternal value is that the eternal is a greater value than the temporal.  The Apostle Paul wrote: If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable (1 Corinthians 15:19 NKJV).  Paul so highly valued the eternal he sacrificed his life here for the rewards he was sure awaited him in eternity.  If there were no eternal dimension he should be pitied.

Do you value the eternal more than the temporal?

3 Responses to Temporal and Eternal

  1. rabbison kapopo says:

    surelly eternal is my destiny and i pray that i shall ran a good race.

  2. Cindy Kranich says:

    Love this small excerpt from your booklet…looking forward to more!!

  3. In your secret of the day,7/17/13 your were discussing definitions of words like eternal and temporal. I have discovered, after many years of searching, and receiving much aid from Oswald Chambers in his book, “My Utmost for His Highest”, to know for certain, and have absolute confidence is to seek Jesus Christ so much that you become a part of His death, burial, and resurrection, and know exactly what Jesus was experiencing, not just by reading about the despicable actions during His last days of His fleshly life on earth. You also are experiencing much of the pain that our Lord and Savior experienced so that we could be redeemed and in relationship with all 3 parts of the Godhead. Hallelujah. Dick, you are an inspiration to all of us that have the opportunity to be in fellowship with you and experience your depth of service and dedication to our Lord. God bless you.

    In His Name,

    George Morrison

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