The idea of eternal life has long disappeared from the popular culture. Yet, the importance of the concept cannot be understated. So crucial is the idea of life ever after that a person cannot fully understand the Gospel without a grasp of eternity.
The Kingdom of God remains a physically unseen realm that faith makes real. Though real it is: amidst the distorted perceptions of a culture afflicted by its sustained, day-in, day-out suppression of truth, reality lies unseen beyond the glittering distractions of the present world, whether people see it or not.
A better country awaits those who share in the faithfulness of Enoch, Elijah and Melchizedek — three men about whom there is no record of a physical death.
In a thousand occurrences throughout Scripture, heart is used figuratively to portray the reflections and yearnings of the inner person – the complex thought processes deep within. All of our hopes and fears and desires and aspirations come from this inner self of mental reconciliation and contemplation, which also guide our impressions, behaviors and even the words we speak.
How God specifically wired into our physical minds an ingenious mechanism designed to reinforce the deep spiritual experiences he performs in our lives.
By his own words, Jesus had only the highest view of Scripture. At the end of his ministry, he authorized his chosen Apostles to either pen or oversee documents that are now universally embraced as the New Testament.
Jesus expects his followers to take time to discern rather than be quick to judge.