O eternity!

“They will go away to eternal punishment—but the righteous to eternal life!”   Matthew 25:46

The soul is immortal—it can never cease to be. It is destined by the immutable decree of God, to exist eternally.  O eternity!  Who can conceive your dimensions!  Forever!  Who can grasp the mighty idea!  To exist forever—solemn consideration!  Millions of ages as numerous . . . as the stars in the skies, as the sands on the seashore, as blades of grass on the surface of the globe, as leaves which fall from the trees in autumn—are as nothing in comparison with eternity!

But where shall we exist?  How will eternity be spent by us?  In happiness—or in torment?  That will entirely depend upon the character, the state, the condition—in which we live and die.  If we live in sin, if we serve self and Satan, if we die accursed—then we must suffer the due desert of our deeds in eternal Hell.  But if we believe in Jesus, if we live unto God, if we die under His blessing—then we shall possess and enjoy glory, honor and eternal life in Heaven—and these forever!  Let the solemn fact that you are immortal deeply impress your mind.  Try to realize the overwhelming thought, “I must live forever!  I must live forever in unspeakable happiness—or inconceivable misery!  My eternal state depends on my present state.  If I live unconverted, then I must die accursed—I am lost, and once lost, lost forever!”  O eternity!  Tremendous sound!  Incomprehensible idea!

“So teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”  Psalm 90:12

  (James Smith, “The Way of Salvation Set Forth”)