ETERNAL: Lasting or existing forever. Valid for all time: eternal truths
ETERNITY: Unending time
Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him." In reply, Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the Kingdom of God unless he is born again." "How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked? "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!" Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless he is born of water and of the spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying you must be born again. The wind blows where it pleases. You hear the sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the spirit."
(Jesus is speaking to the woman at the well regarding His Spirit.)
“Everyone who drinks this water (from the well) will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him (His spirit) will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live....Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming (when Jesus returns to earth) when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out...those who have done good will rise to live, (probably those who died before the Holy Spirit was poured out on believers) and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned...”
Pentecost was truly a new birth day! How wonderful it is to read these scriptures and learn that we who are filled with the Holy Spirit will go directly to be with Jesus at the time of our earthly death!
Let us pray:
Father, I can never thank you enough for your gift of love! Thank you for your Holy Spirit living in me! I praise and thank you for your love and for never leaving me! Please open my heart and mind to hear your voice, to be willing to have you lead me...and I pray that your will for my life will be accomplished! With love, I praise and thank you! Amen.