Day 5 – Brought into an Eternal Union
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
He also says,
“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
They will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like a garment.
You will roll them up like a robe;
like a garment they will be changed.
But you remain the same,
and your years will never end.” – Hebrews 1:10-12
Everything has a beginning point and an ending point. All things that have been created will eventually reach their end. We see this in our own experience. Our cars are built, and someday reach points when they can no longer function as a working car. Buildings and houses are constructed only to someday be torn down because they are no longer safe places in which to live or work. As you read here yesterday, our lives on earth reach their end when our bodies fail us.
Beyond seeing this in our own experience, Scripture is clear that everything in the created world will come to an end. Hebrews tells us that Christ laid the foundations of the world and created the heavens, and yet, even those will perish. In God’s making of His created world, he had a beginning and an end in mind. This contrast makes God’s eternality all the more awe-inspiring and glorious. Before the creation of the world and even after the world perishes, God remains.
It is with this in mind that we understand the eternal aspect of our Union with Christ. God’s Word tells us that, for those who have been joined with Christ, when the end comes we will be resurrected in our bodies to spend eternity with God in the New Heaven and New Earth. This eternality of physical bodies intended for the New Heaven and Earth is not something we have earned or merited. Instead, it is something that we have received through our Union with Christ. Through the eternality of His own physical body, Christ has imparted that same eternality to us through the Union we share with Him.
There is no eternal life with The Father apart from Jesus’ eternal life with The Father.
Of all the possible things that we might put our hope and trust in, Christ is the only one that will have no ending. In light of our continued Union with Christ, may we remember that we have not simply been given Grace, Perseverance, Sufficiency, Unfailing Faithfulness, and Eternality. More accurately, and more beautifully, we have been given Jesus, who is Grace, Perseverance, Sufficiency, Unfailing Faithfulness, and Eternality.
Action Step: As we prepare for another time of gathering for corporate worship this weekend, spend a moment writing out how your understanding of our Union with Christ affects how we worship Jesus as His Bride. Place it somewhere you will see again before you head to Church on Sunday to remind you of the beauty of Christ, and His giving of Himself to all believers.