The pressures of time and our being “in-time” cannot be allowed to influence our decisions and to manipulate our choices for action. The situations, the circumstances and the relationships of our “here and our now” seem so important, even more important than our here-after and our before-here.
That is a huge misconception.
Situations, circumstances and relationships are all temporary. They are not forever. They can each change frequently from minute to minute, and they often do.
The foundation for our life is based on our eternity and on our eternalness.
Chasing the temporary and ever-changing situations, circumstances, and relationships of time can be very frustrating and defeating. That is not a battle we can win. This how we lose our hope, our purpose, and the meaning for our life in-time. We are designed to operate in our eternalness, and that is the most stable and most secure position that we can possibly choose to manage our present in-time experience on planet Earth.
It is interesting and noteworthy to examine the conversations that Jesus Christ, God Himself, Emmanuel, God with us, had with humanity when He was on the Earth. Humanity would always ask their questions based on time and their in-time situation, circumstance or relationships. Jesus always answered from the perspective of Eternity with a Kingdom-focused answer. His vantage point, perspective, and operational directives were always from the position of humanity’s eternity. He has not changed. He always answers our earthly in-time questions from the Kingdom perspective of eternity and our eternalness. Have we missed that? Are we stuck in-time?
Here are two well-known conversations that Jesus had with people while on earth. As you read through them, I want you to note and consider how Jesus employs the Language of Eternity in these conversations.
Jesus Speaks With Nicodemus
Now there was a prominent religious leader among the Jews named Nicodemus, who was part of the sect called the Pharisees and a member of the Jewish ruling council. One night he discreetly came to Jesus and said, “Master, we know that you are a teacher from God, for no one performs the miracle signs that you do, unless God’s power is with him.”
Jesus answered, “Nicodemus, listen to this eternal truth: Before a person can perceive God’s kingdom realm, they must first experience a rebirth.”
Nicodemus said, “Rebirth? How can a gray-headed man be reborn? It’s impossible for a man to go back into the womb a second time and be reborn!”
Jesus answered, “I speak an eternal truth: Unless you are born of water and Spirit-wind, you will never enter God’s kingdom realm. For the natural realm can only give birth to things that are natural, but the spiritual realm gives birth to supernatural life! You shouldn’t be amazed by my statement, ‘You must be born from above!’ For the Spirit-wind blows as it chooses. You can hear its sound, but you don’t know where it came from or where it’s going. So it is within the hearts of those who are Spirit-born!”
Then Nicodemus replied, “But I don’t understand, what do you mean? How does this happen?”
Jesus answered, “Nicodemus, aren’t you the respected teacher in Israel, and yet you don’t understand this revelation? I speak eternal truths about things I know, things I’ve seen and experienced—and still you don’t accept what I reveal. If you’re unable to understand and believe what I’ve told you about the natural realm, what will you do when I begin to unveil the heavenly realm? No one has risen into the heavenly realm except the Son of Man who also exists in heaven. And just as Moses in the desert lifted up the brass replica of a snake on a pole for all the people to see and be healed, so the Son of Man is ready to be lifted up, so that those who truly believe in him will not perish but be given eternal life.” [The Amplified Classic version reads, “…not perish, but have eternal life and actually live forever!”]John 3:3-15, TPT
Jesus, God Himself, Emmanuel – God with us, here explains and delineates the difference between an earthbound perceptive and an eternal and forever perspective that we find in His Kingdom and in its understanding. This is our correct choice to the alternative choices that are provided to us by the kingdom systems of the world.
Jesus Speaks with the Woman at the Well
Jesus realized that the Pharisees were keeping count of the baptisms that he and John performed (although his disciples, not Jesus, did the actual baptizing). They had posted the score that Jesus was ahead, turning him and John into rivals in the eyes of the people. So Jesus left the Judean countryside and went back to Galilee. To get there, he had to pass through Samaria. He came into Sychar, a Samaritan village that bordered the field Jacob had given his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was still there. Jesus, worn out by the trip, sat down at the well. It was noon.
A woman, a Samaritan, came to draw water. Jesus said, “Would you give me a drink of water?” (His disciples had gone to the village to buy food for lunch.) The Samaritan woman, taken aback, asked, “How come you, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan, and a woman, for a drink?” (Jews in those days wouldn’t be caught dead talking to Samaritans.)
Jesus answered, “If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water.”
The woman said, “Sir, you don’t even have a bucket to draw with you, and this well is deep. So how are you going to get this ‘living water’? Are you a better man than our ancestor Jacob, who dug this well and drank from it, he and his sons and livestock, and passed it down to us?”
Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”
The woman said, “Sir, give me this water so I won’t ever get thirsty, won’t ever have to come back to this well again!”
He said, “Go call your husband and then come back.”
“I have no husband,” she said.
“That’s nicely put: ‘I have no husband.’ You’ve had five husbands, and the man you’re living with now isn’t even your husband. You spoke the truth there, sure enough.”
“Oh, so you’re a prophet! Well, tell me this: Our ancestors worshiped God at this mountain, but you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place for worship, right?”
“Believe me, woman, the time is coming when you Samaritans will worship the Father neither here at this mountain nor there in Jerusalem. You worship guessing in the dark; we Jews worship in the clear light of day. God’s way of salvation is made available through the Jews. But the time is coming—it has, in fact, come—when what you’re called will not matter and where you go to worship will not matter.
“It’s who you are and the way you live, [conduct and behavior: Dynamics] that counts before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.”
The woman said, “I don’t know about that. I do know that the Messiah is coming. When he arrives, we’ll get the whole story.”
“I am he,” said Jesus. “You don’t have to wait any longer or look any further.”
Just then his disciples came back. They were shocked. They couldn’t believe he was talking with that kind of a woman. No one said what they were all thinking, but their faces showed it.
The woman took the hint and left. In her confusion she left her water pot. Back in the village she told the people, “Come see a man who knew all about the things I did, who knows me inside and out. Do you think this could be the Messiah?” And they went out to see for themselves.John 4:1-30, MSG
Our Creator and our Designer always addresses His conversation with Humanity from the perspective of Eternity and our Eternalness.
Often, actually most of the time, humanity misses the meaning of what is being said. They are unsure of what is being said, because they are considering what is being said from the perspective of time. Our God talks and communicates in the language of eternity. Eternity is the Language of the Kingdom and eternity is the only language that our God speaks and uses for communication.
We are not accustomed to, nor are we comfortable communicating using the language of eternity, the language of the Kingdom. We do not know, nor do we understand the language of Eternity. Because we are so inundated and absorbed with the language of our culture based on time and our in-time experience on this planet, we have not even heard, nor do we know or understand, that there is a language of eternity. Change does not come easy and it requires effort. The continual, concentrated and concerted effort is necessary to program our minds to think and to speak in eternity, the language of the Kingdom.
We are created and born as an eternal spirit, and eternity is our first and primary language.
I am told by people that are learning a new language that when you can begin to think and process information in the new language, you have mastered it. This is not easy. Often you have to go to a place where you are surrounded by those who are speaking the language and immerse yourself in the training process.