Eternal Perspective

According to a theistic worldview, there is an ultimate, infinite, intelligent, personal deity (God), who is the creator of everything that exists in any physical or spiritual realm.  God has always existed from eternity past and will always exist in the present and eternity future.  God will never cease to exist; thus, God is eternal and has control over the ending results and the eternal outcomes of everything that exists.

From a Christian theistic perspective, God has an eternal plan for the created order. Since God is relational, he desires to be in loving relationship with his human creation for eternity. Although humanity has fallen away from their creator, God has intervened through the life and Ministry of Jesus Christ making an eternal personal relationship possible.  When we enter into this loving relationship with God, through Jesus Christ’s reconciling ministry, we become God’s eternal people.  Upon death, the end result is “resurrection into an eternally new existence of light, life and love characterized by intimacy with God and others.”[1]

This outlines the eternal perspective that we should have in our lives.  We are a part of something beyond this temporal earthly existence. God has established a heavenly kingdom, and his kingdom has come upon us through the life and ministry of Jesus Christ and will arrive in fullness at the return of Jesus Christ.  As people in loving relationship with God, we are his kingdom people, and we will rule and reign with God for eternity.  

Thus, we must align our lives with God’s eternal kingdom perspective by engaging in behaviors and activities that further his kingdom purposes.  Our lives, desires and ambitions must be continually examined in order to be conscious of whether we are operating with a temporal perspective or an eternal perspective.  Are we striving for our own temporal personal kingdom or for the kingdom of God?  Eternal perspective taking involves continually reflecting on the eternal truths that God has revealed to us. Kenneth Boa writes, “Only when we renew our minds with biblical truth and reinforce this truth through relationships with other children of the kingdom do we begin to see that we are on a brief pilgrimage.”[2]

[1] Kenneth Boa. Conformed to His Image : Biblical and Practical Approaches to Spiritual Formation.  (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2001), Google Play edition, 60.

[2] Ibid., 61.