Eternal Perspectives

Scripture teaches that, upon death, the soul leaves the body and goes into the spirit world to await the resurrection. In his parable concerning the rich man and Lazarus, Jesus describes the horrors of judgment in the afterlife, rather than the horrors of karmic debt in another life. . . . In sharp contrast to a world-view in which humanity perfects itself through an endless cycle of birth and rebirth, the Christian world-view maintains that we are vicariously perfected by the righteousness of Christ. Thus, salvation is not based on what we do, but rather on what Christ has done.

Hank Hanegraaff, [Resurrection]

Eternal Perspectives

Did you ever notice, concerning Job’s children, that when God gave him twice as much substance as he had before, he gave him only the same number of children as he formerly had? The Lord gave him twice as much gold, and twice as much of all sorts of property, but he only gave him the exact number of children that he had before. Why did he not give the patriarch double the number of children as well as twice the number of cattle? Why, because God reckoned the first ones as being his still. . . . In the same way, consider your friends who are asleep in Christ as still yours—not a single one lost.

~ Charles Spurgeon, [“Fallen Asleep,” (Sermon)]

Eternal Perspectives

What we long for is not just living forever. What resonates deep in our hearts is a sincere expectation of someday enjoying a life of perpetual good and bounty. That is not a fanciful pipe dream! It is a foreshadowing of Heaven. . . . In our desire to know more about the place where we will spend eternity, we are like kids anticipating a great summer vacation.

~ Daniel Brown, [What the Bible Reveals about Heaven]

Eternal Perspectives

Would Paul ever have said, “to die is gain,” if from the moment of his demise he was to lie in the stark oblivion of soul-sleep for an indeterminate duration? What possible “gain” could it have been, to leave his Spirit-filled ministry, his rich communion with Christ, his bringing of thousands to know the Savior, his founding of churches around the world, his teaching of believers, his inspired letter-writing for the guidance and edification of the Christian assemblies? As 2 Corinthians 12:1-4 tells us, Paul had been “caught up” by the Holy Spirit and given more than a glimpse of what awaits the Christian on the other side of death; and that is what he has in mind when he exults, “To die is gain”

~ J. Sidlow Baxter, [The Other Side of Death]

Eternal Perspectives

I meet many faithful Christians who, in spite of their faith, are deeply disappointed in how their lives have turned out. Sometimes it is simply a matter of how they experience aging, which they take to mean they no longer have a future. But often, due to circumstances or wrongful decisions and actions by others, what they had hoped to accomplish in life they did not. They painfully puzzle over what they may have done wrong, or over whether God has really been with them.

Much of the distress of these good people comes from a failure to realize that their life lies before them. That they are coming to the end of their present life, life “in the flesh,” is of little significance. What is of significance is the kind of person they have become. Circumstances and other people are not in control of an individual’s character or of the life that lies endlessly before us in the kingdom of God.
~ Dallas Willard, [The Divine Conspiracy]

Eternal Perspectives

That is the city promised to the captives whom Christ shall make free; that is the kingdom assured to them whom Christ shall crown; there is the light that shall never go out; there is the health that shall never be impaired; there is the glory that shall never be defaced; there is the life that shall taste no death; and there is the portion that passes all the world’s preferment. There is the world that shall never wax worse; there is every want supplied freely without money; there is no danger, but happiness, and honour, and singing, and praise and thanksgiving unto the heavenly Jehovah, “to him that sits on the throne,” “to the lamb” that here was led to the slaughter that now “reigns”; with whom I “shall reign” after I have run this comfortless race through this miserable earthly vale.

~John Bradford, [“A Sweet Contemplation of Heavenly Things”]

Eternal Perspectives

The man who has met God is not looking for something—he has found it. He is not searching for light—upon him the Light has already shined! . . . He may hear the tin whistle starting every new parade, but he will be cautious. He is waiting for a trumpet note that will call him away from the hurly-burly and set in motion a series of events that will result at last in a new heaven and a new earth. He can afford to wait!

~ A. W. Tozer, [The Attributes of God]