Victoria Fellowship Church (VFC)
International and Interdenominational
House Fellowship for week commencing 8th May 2016
Quarter Theme: Living with Eternity in View
Topic: What is eternity?
Texts: John. 14: 1-12
Memory Verse: John 14:2 “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?” (NIV)
The literal definition of the word “eternity” is “infinite or unending time”; “a state in which time has no application”; timelessness. Theologically, it can also be defined as “endless life after death”. God is eternal and man is finite and limited. He is looking forward to such a time to give any man the opportunity to experience eternal life, those who has accepted His offer of salvation and living according to His will.
Everything under the sun is temporal, but God has set eternity in man’s heart (Ecc 3:11b). Every culture, no matter how primitive or developed, has a concept of eternity, of something that will last forever. Because of this sense of eternity in his heart, man is looking for something that will last forever, most of all, something that will make him last forever.
Generally speaking, man’s efforts to find ways to become eternal are misdirected; he tries to do something that will make him eternal on the earth or he forgets that his stay on earth is but temporary. But Solomon says that there is only one way that man’s sense of eternity can be fulfilled – it can be fulfilled only in God – not in anything else under the sun. He says, “I know that everything God does will remain forever, there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it” (3:14). Apart from God, anything that man does on earth does not have any eternal value; it is only God who can bring eternity to the temporal works of man. That is why Moses prayed, “Let the favour of the Lord our God be upon us; and do give permanence to the work of our hands; yes, give permanence to the work of our hands” (Psalm 90:17). Eternity can be spent in Heaven or in Hell.
In John 14, Jesus explained the limitation of life on earth when he told His disciples in verse 1, when he told them not to let their hearts be troubled, but trust in God. He turned their attention to the glories of heaven, to eternity in John 14:2, Jesus declares, “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.” Jesus told His disciples that their destiny of eternity involve a place (Heaven) and a person (the father). What a comfort this is. He followed up in verse 3 with a guarantee of eternity to His disciples. In verse 4, Jesus also assured that His disciples know where he is going, but almost before Jesus could get the words out of His mouth, Thomas blurts out: “Lord, we do not know where you are going, how we know the way?” (14:5). A lot of believers have a blurred view of eternity as a result of doubt occasioned by the present realities of what is seen. It is important to keep eternity in view.
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
- Think back in the past one week. Can you list two actions that you have carried out which matters in the scope of eternity? How do you think you can sustain this and not blurred by pressures of the present.
- How can we personally develop an eternal perspective in the midst of present problems? Suggest practical ways.
- One of the role of the church is to prepare God’s people for eternity. In your view, is VFC effective in fulfilling that role? If not, suggest what must be done effectively