February 9, 2023 – This I Believe – Life Everlasting

Today we will continue looking at the Apostles’ Creed: 

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

We finish up our time with the Creed today.  I hope you have enjoyed walking through the Creed as much as I have.  Today we’ll finish up with the last phrase – life everlasting. 

This is one of those phrases that isn’t difficult to explain, but it may be difficult to understand. What this means is that we will, through Jesus, live forever in heaven, or as I like to call it, eternity.  

Love this quote by CS Lewis from The Weight of Glory.  I think it summarizes it perfectly.  He says this: 

“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.” 

You’ve never met a mere mortal.  Everyone will live forever. Everyone will live for eternity.  Now the choice of where they spend eternity, that is based upon their acceptance of Jesus. But you’ve never met a mere mortal. 

For those of us in Jesus, we know that we will be taken up into the fullness of God. I love how Paul describes in it 1 Corinthians 13: 

12 For now we see only a reflection, as in a mirror, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. 

We will know fully, even as we have been fully known. In other words, in eternity, we will be taken up into the fullness of God. I don’t know what that will be like.  I know scripture seems to tell us that we will know each other.  We will have a knowledge of these things. 

But heaven is not just a better earth.  It’s something bigger. It’s something better.  It’s being taken up into the fullness of God’s love.  It’s knowing God completely.  It’s full life, full peace, full everything.  

It is what we are made for. 

And through Jesus, it is what we will have.  Life, everlasting.  

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