By Jun P. Espina | Last updated on February 12th, 2020 at 11:04 am
Of Time Consciousness
Time consciousness is one reason we have less appreciation for the things or persons considered timeless and eternal like heaven, the angels, or the promises of Christ. The apostle Paul’s teaching is clear that the unseen is eternal. That is why we also need to give interest and time for God and His Word. The hope of eternal life and the gospel of the resurrection of the dead are twin teachings that go out of the box of space and time. And the man-made doctrine therefore that the realities of life only revolve on the axis of time consciousness automatically cripples spiritual realities. We are always in the eternal sphere in a sense until God said: “In the beginning.” (Gen. 1:1) In short, time is just “eternity divided for the sake of man.” Time is just “inserted” into eternity after which, according to the Scriptures, timelessness would resume. Hence, our negligence on the eternal things like God, Jesus Christ, and our soul are just foolish and insane.
Of Time Consciousness and the Perfect Unbeliever
I knew of a perfect unbeliever of the Christian faith who argued sarcastically about the absurdity, according to him, of calling the name Jesus in prayer for his neighbor whose name was also “Jesus” might answer him. Then, he went on saying he would not call the name God either, for he also had a neighbor whose name is Godioso. The latter might answer him, too. His conclusion was that prayer to the unseen God is just unreasonable and not worth doing. This guy was the typical illustration of those persons living life purely on the intersection of time consciousness. Eternal realities do not touch the cord of their senses. And if they do, they would at once fight them as being incompatible with the truth they knew to be always observable by the five faculties of sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch.
The Barometer for the Determination of Truth
Just inserted by God into the orb called eternity, time, therefore, is not the final barometer for the determination of truth. Jesus Christ, for example, ordered the fig tree to whither; Peter to have a good catch of fish, and Lazarus to rise from the dead outside of the paradigm of time! Yes, because of our time consciousness, we can hardly understand the real meaning of our Lord’s PROMISED LIFE that’s timeless, ETERNAL in heaven with the angels of God. We cherish our 70 years life on earth and neglect or even despise our inherent immortality. But said Christ: “For this is the WILL of My Father, that EVERYONE who BEHOLDS (as Lord) the SON (Jesus) and BELIEVES in Him will HAVE ETERNAL LIFE, and I Myself will RAISE him up on the last day.” (John 6:40)
Revelation 21:4 (NASB) also gives a clue around the life of the future people who will live beyond the essences of today’s time: “[A]nd He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” Eternal things are real. Our perpetual fear of death and the unknown and the endless pricks of our conscience are actual testimonials of the authenticity of the eternal things that are beyond the province of our materialist’s concerns.
There is life beyond the sunset even if you and the most prominent people of the world won’t believe it. That is the meaning of the apostle Paul’s exhortation: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ.” (Rom. 8:18; Phil. 3:8)
The understanding of things based on the time-and-space archetype only can never be a durable philosophy when the pang of cancer or deteriorating old age comes to remind us of our need of real assurance to enter heaven and be with our loving God forever.
To the less spiritual, continue to be enslaved by time consciousness and the crass materialism of the day and consider timelessness as simply the prominent symbol of ignorance or academic mediocrity. Yes, think about the soul as just the brain; or God, as just the natural product of malnutrition or sleeplessness or the analgesic of the poor. Beyond this life, however, you will hear this thunderous voice from the Judge of man, Jesus Christ:
Hence, the apostle Paul said that all he had were a mere dung compared to his hope of eternal life by faith in Jesus Christ. (See: Phil. 3:8)
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