THEME: THE BATTLE FOR ETERNITY PART 2
BIBLE TEXT: 2 Corinthians 4 vs 16-18
MEMORY VERSE: John 17 vs 3
The battle for eternity is a continuous pull that awakens us to the upfront call that we await. The part one of this teaching has opened us to the dimensions of eternity that truly exist. It is mandatory that all men spend eternity but the destination of our eternity is what really matters. We can't over emphasize our quest for this battle because its endless till we see Christ in glory and power. The Eternity itself looks unreal to many in this Kingdom. It is only those that believe Christ and His works have the assurance that eternity awaits them. It prones your action on what to do , for the inheritance of the place Christ has for us.
2 Corithains 4 vs 16-18 " Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing , yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. While we do not look at the things which are seen , but at things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary but the things which are unseen are eternal. This bible text is a mind opener that reveals part of the reflection of Eternity itself. We do not lose heart even though our outward man is perishing yet the inward man is being renewed day by day One of the confirment of the battle is to make the outward man perish while our inward man is renewed day by day. This is part of the battle that devil itself would not want to agree with you because he wants the opposite.
Literally , the battle emerge from an unseen realm because Christ himself has finished the seen part of this battle of eternity. The bible says for the things which are seen are temporal but the things which are unseen are eternal. We cannot over emphasize the fact of eternal things until we search deep into the unseen things as the case may be. When you begin to search for the unseeen things that nourish your inner man , then you're in for the battle. Its Until we make up our minds to walk for this dimension of God that remain unseen for others, we dare not emerge as champions.
The requisite for your stay with God is stability to face all threats the world can come with. You insist to be for God at all doings is a way to notify others that you're in for the battle of Etenrity.The battle for Etenrjty is not a physical that all we just see at once. The visibility of this battle for eternity results on alignment with God and Jesus.
John 17 vs 3-4 " And this is eternal life, that they may know you the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent . I have glorified You on the earth.I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. " . Our Lord Jesus Christ came to light up the battle by giving us a priceless eternal life. The candle of your battle remains burning when you find all means to guide the etenrla life you have. The serpent is a deceiver, will want to come again and tell who told you this?. There is a part of the battle of eternity that you settle with devil by just replying Him with the right words. You don't give him chance to stay in your lane to inherit eternal glory , you quickly barnish him by showing the identity that you carry into the battle.
Occasionally, many are rubbed again of the way to eternity. The devil already know his destination, his plan is to draw as many people into his portion of eternity. Keep your eyes on the watch as you step into eternity from this realm. The Ladder that launches you into your eternity, is found in this world you live. You can never neglect the occurrences in the world if you really want to win this battle of eternity with Jesus at the end of it all.
John 16 vs 31-33 " Jesus answered them, Do you now believe?. Indeed the hour is coming , yes and has now come that you will be scattered each to his own and will leave me alone. And yet I am not alone , because the Father is with Me. These things I have spoken to you that in Me , you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world ". Our Lord Jesus Christ made it known that a point will come when we will scatter each to His own (disciples). Its only a battle that make gathering to scatter for personalities to be on their own. He confess that this scattering will make you all leave Him alone but yet He is never alone. Let me tell you reader, a point in your spiritual life that it would cost you is to scatter your present position just for Christ to be gloried because the World will want to make it look like that.
The Lord make it known further that in that battle and in the system of this world, you will have tribulation. He didn't hide the fact that they will not face it, already confirmed by the Messiah himself but concluded by saying but be of good cheer I have overcome the world. It is more like saying the battle has been won already but just stay in this comos and bear the tribulation in it for a while. Thats where the pin point of the battle for Eternity comes in. We contest for a won battle but own portion is just to by pass the system and reach the latter part of the ground.
The battle for eternity do come with endless pursuit. We are in the battle not because the battle has not been won but because are winners and more than conquerors. You don't figh the battle because you want to prove a point, you fight the battle because you serve as a steward for the battle that has been won. Kingdom contenders for eternity should go into all territories and dominate every goof sphere because Christ has won it all for us. It is by this that we extend the victory of the battle that Christ has sealed for us. The battle for Eternity has come to reveal to us a lifeline system to us, it has come to show us the deep that look obscure to us. The World may see and tell you how insignificant it is to remain in the battle but yours it to be a steward till the end. Men are not the owner or initiator of this battle , they only serve as a custodian of a battle that has been won.
What do Eternity has install for us. The pedestal of the battle rest on unseen asset we hope for.
1. Realm of no time
2. God of Time past and Eternity
3. A boundless region
4. A lasting Life Time
1. Realm of no time :
The term Eternity is a journey of endless time , a non-figured time system that's only controlled by the light of God. The counting system of this reality came into reality before the existence of life itself. Its Eternity that gave birth to life and it's compartment. The genesis of creation evoked from realm of no time to a realm of time.
Gen 1 vs 1 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void and darkness was on the face of the deep . And the spirit of God was hovering over the face of waters ". It was in the realm of no time that God created the heavens and the earth. The realm of no time is the realm of God , when you walk and battle for eternity then you would see that all you work for is not of time but of eternity. The celestial body which we will would later have is a requisite to live in this realm of no time.
The eternity is a compendium of a terrain that carries no time , no today neither tomorrow in this cosmos. Ecclesiastes 3:11 " He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end ". The scripture open our heart to a reality that God himself has set eternity in the earth of men for them not to see the unending works of God. The Mighty God himself want saints to be with Him in the realm of no time. It is one of the reason why the battle for eternity is a step into another new dimension of God. The seekers of the realm of no time must hernestly work out because the battle is only visible in this realm of time. The capital of living is not recorded on the amount of time you spend in this system of God.
The real capital is the eternal life and a lasting factor for those that really want to dwell in eternity. The shifting system in this battle enable men to divert their soul into a realm of no time. Eternity has come to liberate us into the very visible dimension of God because truly in tbs system Christ become so visible to us. Our Lord God of eternity created time for the measurement of man's sustainability in this Kingdom which looks perishable. The realm of time looks perishable in this Kingdom because what really moves is men and not the eloquent of day and night. All men will spend the rest of this battle looming in the realm of no time either with God or in eternal destruction.
The cardinal point of glory with Jesus rest upon a realm of no time because that's where God can find through expression with God of heavens. Our Lord Jesus came to activate a path of realm of no time when he went to the cross and resurrected . The real and true way now that leads to eternity is with Jesus because he has obtain keys over every stoppling block stopping us to see the father. The great miss of this battle is when a man tend to find he or her self in the wrong place of the realm no time.
John 8 vs 56-58 " Your Father Abraham rejoiced to see My day and he saw it and was glad. Then the Jews said to Him, "You're not yet fifty years old and have You seen Abraham?. Jesus said to them MostAssurredly I say to you before Abraham was , I AM ". Our Lord Jesus Christ was confirming a reality a realm of no time band to the Jews. He was confirming the reality of where he emerged from because before Abraham was, he has been. The realm of no time looks obscure to many that has submitted to the tactics of this world , it gears up a man that what the battle entails is to offer men into a domain of no time. For our conversation and resting power lean more on what quest for a realm of no time. Any man that battle for eternity sake battles for a realm of no time.
2. God of time past and Eternity :
The whole account of eternity is to reveal to us Our God of time past . The God of heavens find eternity has His resting before the creation of Heavens and earth. This is a big reason why that any man that has made he or her self available contends for an ancient battle that has been won. There is need for us to reign with Christ after His coming here on earth to pick His beloved there to live with Him. The mastering of this open our eyes to that great part of God we are going t be shown.
Revelation 1 vs 8 " I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End ", says the Lord, 'who is and who was and who is to come ,the Almighty ". The God of who is to come is part of what Etenrity has install to show. We press not for a place with Chist only but to see the God of who is to come in glory and power. The battle is not really for the clarification that we were present but to enable us have access to things we didn't worth to have. The battle for Eternity was not really a battle that emanated from the discretion of mankind but along the lifeline we have to key ourself into the battle field to see the Worth of the battle Christ fought for our sake. Eternity has something great install for us and we must do our self good enough yo embrace the everlasting Joy that come with it.
The Celestial body of men is a requisite to reign with the God Eternity and passage through life of Christ we channel us into the new reign of God . The bible confirm Him as the God of the beginning and the God of ending, there were time cease just for his sake. Eternity with God who is to come is a great mystery that was made through our Lord Jesus Christ . Men couldn't hold to this great truth not until Christ subjected himself to death and through it we obtain license with eternity with the Father. The God of who is to come await those that qualifies to be His and that's one of the reason why we have to risk all we have just to be with Him. The God of time past has come to tell us a bit secret of the God of eternity that await us. He want to receive us new into His cabinet for with through this our hope can come into reality with Him.
1 Peter vs 20-21 " He indeed was foreordained before the foundations of the world, but was manifested in these last times for you. Who through Him believe in God who raised from the dead and gave Him glory. Eternity is the dimension of God's own life. It has no beginning and no end, no parameters or margins or boundaries outside of God himself. On the other hand, time has no rule in this phase to show us the God that we serve. It won't pay us if we continue to battle for things that we have seen and are perishable in this Kingdom. The battle is only for you to know that you serve but there is a reserved battle for all saints to see the God that they serve and that's the battle for Eternity.
Matthew 24:36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone." . Our Lord Jesus Opened out eyes to a greater reason why we have to take up this battle as a ever promising one because there is a dimension of the God of the Eternity that we haven't seen. Yes sir/ma, its blur for those that earnestly wait for the coming of Christ. Our Lord Jesus Christ has told us that the hour remain unexplainable to many below and above there in Heaven that only the Father understand the mystery. The Christ the Lord himself is coming in the glory of Father to raidiate many that deserve to yield to his calling when he arrives. This is one of the best phase of the dimension of the God of the eternity that we await. Eternity freely give us license to see this radiating glory of the Father ushers us into a new realm.
Haggai 1:2 “Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘This people says, “The time has not come, even the time for the house of the LORD to be rebuilt. There are times when deep things of the spirit are revealed, there are times when the Kingdom secret become so clear to the saint that press for me. But the deep undisclosed aspect of Eternity is the God of Who is to come that we await. He is still our God even till today but there is a dimension he comes with that even all eyes will see Him in Majesty. Who am I not to battle to reign in everlasting time with this dimension of God.
3. A Boundless Region :
The battle for Eternity is a battle that launch us later into a boundless region. A boundless region where the terrain of man cannot fully occupy. Eternity has something great to show souls that will reign with Christ. Its then a profitable to remain stewards of this battle . It is a vast place that Christ himself will become the ultimate ruler of the Region.
John 14:2-4" In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. ". The Father house is a boundless Region that spread till no end phase. The battle is for the inheritance of a ground that Christ himself went to prepare for us. Many are battling for boundary of land here on earth at the expense of a place that remain boundless. May it not be heard that I forsake my real home just for the efficacy that a strange place give me. Eternity itself is a boundless region with the condition of no time reign and pursuit. Men that look forward to the end of this battle tend to see how glorious the region will be. Where are that can transact their Wealth and assests just to battle for a boundless region to come.
Revelation 22:5-7 " And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. ". The battle for etenrity is a battle that shift men to a region where neither night or day . Its is boundless without restriction of Man Kind. We can over occupy this terrain of God because He is a soverign God. We are not battling for a limited space but a space that forever remain limitless as a result of God that we serve. The angel of the Lord was sent to show men this great mystery because many still doesn't see the reality of the region. Our ownership to things is attached to the region of eternity that we battling for. Christ has come to established the law that favor us into an everlasting place with God but we need to remain stewards of the battle for eternity.
2 Peter 3 vs 12-13 " Looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God because of which the heavens will be dissolved being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat. Nevertheless we, according to His promise look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells ". One of the feature of this boundless region is the righteousness of God that fully dwell there. The boundless territory that seem unending then become a clearer ground to us when the eyes are opened to see how limitless it is. The capacity of the current earth stand far lower on esteem and in less importance compared to the capacity Eternity want to us .
The battle is also fight for capacity you tend you set for Christ and His Kingdom. Our target in this era is to tell many that haven't given their life to Christ how biq eternity is to contain them. We would to take the role of steward when we see how boundless the territory of eternity is.The battle lies on many thanks you pushed through the Gospel of Christ to be part of this great bounless path .
4. A lasting Life Time :
Men that battle for eternity in this Kingdom are men that battle for their life. The life you have chosen through Christ is a lasting time that serve you all years of your stay with Him. There is a day to day need to check if one still walk in accordance with the Lord's lIfe. The continuation of the life that we have obatained through Christ qualify us to embrace this timeless part of eternity. There is a life that last men and eternity has the reality of this lasting time because time itself obey the law of eternity. The battle for eternity is still found in this realm of eternal life, but those that choose to be in the lasting life must have first received the eternal life.
John 6 vs 26-27 " Jesus answered them and said " Most assuredly I say unto you , you seek Me , not because you saw the signs but because you ate of loaves and were filled. Do not labor for the food which perishes but for food which endures to everlasting life which the Son of a Man will give you because God the Father has set His seal on Him ". The battle for eternity into a lasting life connote a big picture on the type of food you desire. A man can't obtain license into a lasting life when all He desires is a perishable food , the items that fade away in amount of limited time. Prior to the life the world the seem to give many, a time frame that many opt for perishable foods . The battle have been won but Christ still told us to endure for a food which endures to everlasting life. Its very a bit mystery in the secret that there is food that launch men into everlasting path. Seeking etenrity in Jesus will show up a bigger picture of the type the food you should subscribe for. The battle is only for those that choose to be steward but for those that have aligne themselves to choose the right food for the right course.
2 Corinthians 5 vs 1 " For we know that if our earthly house, this tent is destroyed we have a building from God , a house not made with hands , eternal in the heavens. The lasting life we all seek can only be surfaced and be active when walk towards eternal in Heaven. This is the deep of the battle that many still doesn't see in this Kingdom. We really want to have this lasting time but can we showcase that path of eternal we choose. The battle is foundationally built on how well you have installed the mindest of Christ into you for by this you benefit part of the lasting life he has promised to give us. The World cannot give you a lasting but all it could offer is a lusting life where men begin to dish perishable foods . Show me a man that can run away from the perishable food and show you a man that can phatom the reality of a lasting life.
The dominion of man is imbedded in the reality of the lasting life he carry into eternity. This is a one of the currency that etenrity requires and will always crave for in this Kingdom. The adamic nature of God has limited time here on earth and one of the reason why men need to keep on the lasting life. The new life you have through Jesus is requisite that prompt men into eternity with Him. It is a spiritual sword that even many in this Kingdom must always hold on too. The battle are not for men that want limited life and time are defined by the new being you're through Christ. You subjection to the battle that Christ has won make you rise from the Adamic time to new time called eternal time though eternal life you have through Jesus.
Luke 10 vs 28-30 " Then Peter said, "See we have left all and followed You.". So He said to them, ' Assuredly I say to you , there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children for the sake of the Kingdom of God. Who shall not receive many times more in this present time and in the age to come everlasting life ". The proclamation that Christ himself made here scares me a whole lot. The battle for etenrity can extend to the boundary of men leaving house or parents or siblings for the sake of the Kingdom. To leave family member in the spirit is to leave what that is so intimate to men , just for the purpose of eternity. The promise for a man that can leave all for the Kingdom is as many times more in this present time and in unending time with Christ Jesus. Rejoice more, men that battle for eternity because the time frame is limitless right from this age and age to come.
The Segment of eternity itself is of two phase, Eternity as a Kingdom emanate into two dimensions.
They are :
1. Light part of Eternity
2. Dark part of Eternity
1. Light part of Etenrity :
The journey to eternity of all men cut cross two dimensions. It is a battle that is either here or there. A key of part of this part of eternity is where light is been shown. The daily acquitancy and steppings of men make them fall into the light or dark part of eternity. The designated area of eternity whee Christ Himself will rule is called Light part of Eternity. The first creation of God wasn't Heavens and the Earth, it was Light. God doesn't operate in a realm where there is no Light. Men that battle for eternity should walk towards the battle for the light part of eternity. We are both for light and that's the aim of men that battle for etenrity with Christ in this Kingdom. The Language of God and the Language of eternity is light dependent. A designated area of etenrity where Light of God forever rules day and night.
John 1 vs 2-5 " He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life an the life was the light of men . And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it". The light part of eternity was made Known through Christ Jesus. This was still the same Light that God himself called forth to be. He saw the necessity for light for anything to stay. The light has been before time and will still continue to be after time frame. Its a mystery to know darkness has no room in the light part of eternity.
The final zone where the dominion of this battle is fully expressed is in the light part of eternity. Your quest for eternity is not complete until you choose the clearer part on where you like to spend it. We can continue to be a children of light through our redemption through Christ , and our dominion too is emphasized too in the region of light. A man that battle for eternity will never call this world as a place of dwelling because its so void of light. Our Lord Jesus Christ came with a light of eternity and that also has reflected in us through the perfected work of Christ. Men of eternity are surely men of light and they forever choose the path of light as a dwelling place.
Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.". Once you're Christ the victory of the battle is already in your court because you're competiting with the light of God that is inside of you , the light has already formed a pattern of eternity inside you and also light your path into eternity with Jesus. We are living in world system where many still doesn't know that there is light that shine from eternity for men that choose to live in it.
The vulnerability of men has restricted many from choosing the part of light. Your contention for eternity should be foundational on light paths. The bible refer to us as this lights and through this light we find our way into destined part of eternity with Jesus. The appearance of those that battle for eternity would be made manifest in light.
2. Dark part of Eternity :
The other part of eternity where men don't want to step into is this place called dark of eternity. This place is called hell and its countenance , where there would be gnashing of teeth for as many that failed to believe the Son of the Living God. The Dark part of eternity was originally prepared for Satan but all he want are people that will join him in this compartment. Its an environment that last for a countless time. A phrase where many are trending on because the road to is attractive for those that subscribe to it.
Revelation 21:8 " But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death”. The dark part of eternity is the segment where the second death will occur for all this set if people mentioned in the scripture above. The dark part of eternity has not light and it remains dark because of the eternal punishment that come upon those that find themselve there. The absence of the light of men in this segment condemn the works of men . The destination of the unrighteous is towards this dark part of eternity.
The battle is already over for men that find themselves in this dark part of eternity, all what the zone has to offer is the cabinet of rewards for those that didn't take the gospel of Christ. The aim of God is that all men should be saved through the finished work of Christ on the calvary. Listen reader , try all you could to espace this dark part of eternity for its more than what we thought of. The only escape route for not entering into this dark zone is by choosing the eternal life that Christ came to offer us. We are the men that are to access this eternal life, this is the war room of eternity itself.
Revelation 20:10 " And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. ". The Eternity future entails the eternal condemnation of the devil and it's contentance. Its is a sealed approval confirmed by God .Those devil is currently deceiving ar edging closer to this dark part of eternity which is prepared for those that didn't accept the gospel of Christ an His remission for our sins..
The catastrophe of Eternity is very much going to happen in this dark part of eternity because all that happens there too is never ending activities , where gnashing of teeth would happen and there exist the second death of Man. We have to be careful on the path we choose because its only through Christ that the Light part of eternity remain revealed to us. The road to this part is wide and yet make a lot to fall but men that are in Christ are already carried with a lifting hand that continullay keep then going . The best version of death is going to be recorded in this zone of timeless bound because the fire that burn there never quench nor neither lower in intensity.
The conformity that Men already have in Christ have made Christ to correct our Eternity past by conquering and collecting all keys that He'll withheld. The appearance of men was seen in Hell through Christ and there he corrected our eternity past just to erase the record of Men . The record of Men in the dark part of eternity has been canceled . Only Men that don't choose the gospel an accept this remission that Christ did will find themselves again in this dark part of eternity. It was really a dark part of eternity because even Jesus Cried on the cross when He was about stepping into Hell for a battle for Eternity .
There was a separation that occur and this gave Christ a sharp pain to die the Adamic death on the cross just for the battle of eternity. The knowledge you have about this dark part of eternity make you seen the gravity of what Christ came to do. The eternal life he came to give us can fully come into reality if He doesn't correct our deeds from eternity past. Show meva man in Christ and I show you a man that his record can never be found in the dark part of eternity.
The finished work of Christ represent the finished work of the battle . Our Lord Jesus went to Hell through His death on the Cross to give us victory without a dim of fight. The battle for Eternity went from eternity past to eternity future . The King of Glory validate and fought the battle of sin just for us to be safe. We are only stewards of the battle won through Christ. Th victory of battle rest on us as if we won the battle all by ourselves but through Christ who gave himself as ransom for sinners.
1 Peter 3:18-20 " For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey, when God's patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. ". The suffering of Christ for the battle started the battle on my behalf and it was perfected on the cross as he went to Hell as a sinner to redeem and arrange the victory for Men.
The assurance of the victory was made manifest in the Salvation message that we share around today that our Lord Jesus Christ took the leading role to defend us on the course of sin for us to be saved eternally. The battle came in the realm of no time to offer us a victory that last us forever too. Listen reader, its all be good if all men stay in the jurisdiction of this battle because that's the aim of God himself that all men should be saved. The battle for eternity is already Over for any man found in Christ because already He is a new creature born of the righteousness of Christ. The victory is what we hold on too and that's the proof that we had the experience of the battle for eternity. Stay in Christ and Forever you stay in a realm f eternity with Christ.
ARASI KEHINDE ABIOLA