Living In Perspective of Eternity

Living in perspective of eternity is the long term view that motivates us to hang in there, come hell or high water, as we all await the glory that is to come.

To the Thessalonians and us, Paul provides the perspective of living in faith, love for one another, and perseverance in persecutions and afflictions we endure according to the righteous judgment of God “to the end that you may be counted worthy of God’s Kingdom, for which you also suffer.”

Brothers/and sisters, at all times we are obligated to thank God for you. It is right to do this because your faith is growing all the time and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing. As a result, we rejoice about you among God’s churches—about your endurance and faith through all the persecutions and afflictions you are experiencing. This is evidence of God’s righteous judgment and is intended to make you worthy of God’s kingdom, for which you are suffering. Certainly it is right for God to pay back those who afflict you with affliction, and to give us who are afflicted relief when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in blazing fire. He will take revenge on those who do not know God and on those who refuse to obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. Such people will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction by being separated from the Lord’s presence and from his glorious power when he comes to be glorified by his saints and to be regarded with wonder on that day by all who have believed—including you, because you believed our testimony.

With this in mind, we always pray for you, asking that our God might make you worthy of his calling and that through his power he might help you accomplish every good desire and faithful action. That way the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified by you, and you by him, according to the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus, the Messiah. 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12

Living with that power working in us and see it with the enlightened eyes of our hearts. (Eph 1:15-21)

This is the reason I bow my knees before the Father of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, from whom every family in heaven and on earth receives its name. I pray that he would give you, according to his glorious riches, strength in your inner being and power through his Spirit, and that the Messiah would make his home in your hearts through faith. Then, having been rooted and grounded in love, you will be able to understand, along with all the saints, what is wide, long, high, and deep—that is, you will know the love of the Messiah— which transcends knowledge, and will be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to the one who can do infinitely more than all we can ask or imagine according to the power that is working among us—to him be glory in the church/ecclesia and in the Messiah Jesus to all generations, forever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:14-21 ISV

Paul wrote this after he was told of the Colossians love in the Spirit.

Living in the spiritual environment of God’s grace and the faith He gives us, we rejoice in the kingdom of His Son.

For this reason, since the day we heard about this, we have not stopped praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the full knowledge of God’s will with respect to all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you might live in a manner worthy of the Lord and be fully pleasing to him as you bear fruit while doing all kinds of good things and growing in the full knowledge of God. You are being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might, so that you might patiently endure everything with joy and might thank the Father, who has enabled us to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light. God has rescued us from the power of darkness and has brought us into the kingdom of the Son whom he loves, through whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:8-13 (1 Cor 15:20-28) emphasis added

Messiah has made us a kingdom, priests for his God and Father

From John to the seven churches in Asia. May grace and peace be yours from the one who is, who was, and who is coming, from the seven spirits who are in front of his throne,and from Jesus the Messiah, the witness, the faithful one, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To the one who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and has made us a kingdom, priests for his God and Father, be glory and power forever and ever! Amen. Revelation 1:4-6 (Rev 5:6-10)

All Scripture quoted above is from the ISV