Eternity is not to be confused with infinity. Only God Himself is infinite and un-measurable, with no beginning, no end, no father and no mother. God has always been.
All else, including Eternity, came from God. He is the Origin of all. Nothing is greater than God and even Eternity is contained within Him. If Eternity contained God, it would be greater than He. But there is nothing that supersedes God’s Power, Knowledge, or Presence.
God is Self-existent. He depends on nothing and no one for His existence. Hence God cannot be explained. No human mind can ever explain the infinity of God because mankind has a mind that is limited, or finite. We can only believe that He is Who He says He is.
The Self-existent, Infinite God, brought forth, from Himself, Eternity. Eternity simply means perpetual, without end. In essence, eternity has no beginning because eternity is God’s perpetual, ever turning, everlasting Self (or Name) in motion. However, God Himself, through His own Wisdom and Counsel set the wheels of eternity in motion. He set the wheels, the turning, manifestation or revelation of His name in motion from eternity.
This passage speaks of Wisdom, the Christ, the Eternal Word. He was set up from the beginning of the manifestation of God’s everlasting Name, or from Eternity.
God’s Son, the Word, was the first, before all. Nothing was before Him.
Before God’s works of old, of eternity, in the very beginning of His revealing His Way, or His Will, Name and Purpose, He possessed, and erected and set up, His Son, Wisdom, the Word. All else came out of this first begotten revelation. From this initial “birth” all other perpetual wheels of motion began.
The Begotten Son is the beginning of all God’s works of creation, from Eternity to Time. But He is also the end of all from Time to Eternity. All creative life will return to the origin God. Ultimately, the Son will also subject Himself to His Father by placing Himself under His Father’s feet so that God will be all in all, as it was before anything was.
All things came from Eternity, from God, and all will return to Eternity. But the ultimate end will be that God be all, in all, fill all, cover all, and surround all. Everything will once again be gathered together to the Rock from where it all originated: God.
Eternity Past and Eternity Future
There is a “past” Eternity, and a “future” Eternity as far as creation and time are concerned. Of course, Eternity has not ceased to be due to time. Eternity has no divisions of time. Time is a small slice of eternity defined by seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, decades, centuries, and millenniums, as well as seasons. The end of time will bring all creation back to the beginning, or back to where it all started, back to the Eternal God, back to Eternity from where all things came.
In Eternity, or in God’s Eternal Presence, there is neither past nor future. Everything is present in the “now.” Even the past, present, and future of time are present with God in the now. The very Name by which God revealed Himself to Moses proves this fact.
God is not the “I was,” or “I shall be.” He is the I AM, the ever present, the now! The arms of time on a clock revolve from one center point. At 1 pm there are many past hours, such as 11 am. There is also a future hour, such as 2 pm. Yet, the starting point from which the past, present and future revolve never moves. This is the center of the clock, or the point time revolves around. This point is God. All things come from Him, are in Him, and shall return to Him.
This verse in Romans says that all things come from God or are of Him, and exist by Him, or through Him, and will return to Him.
Jesus Himself recognized this in His own earthly life and ministry.
God is the Eternal Rock from which all existence originated. We, His creation, are hewn out of the Rock, and to the Rock we will return.
In eternity future, all things will once again be in Him.
Time was birthed from Eternity by the Eternal God, and time will end when creation once again is swallowed up in Eternity. When time comes to an end, creation will simply be back to the beginning, back to the point from which all creation originated, back to God, the ever present “now,” the All in all.
Eternity Future will see all of God’s creative works gathered together into one with God once again, as in Eternity Past, as the all in ALL.
God was very active and productive in Eternity Past as He will continue to be in Eternity Future.
Wisdom, God’s Son, was brought forth in Eternity Past.
The Father loved His Son in Eternity Past.
God’s Son was ordained in Eternity Past.
The Son of God was slain in Eternity Past.
God’s Wisdom was ordained in Eternity Past unto our glory.
We were chosen in Eternity Past.
God determined the bounds of all nations in Eternity Past.
God’s Purpose and Grace were given to us in Eternity Past.
God promised eternal life in Eternity past.
God ordained our works in Eternity Past.
God’s Future Works were accomplished in Eternity Past.
Man came from Eternity, and it is most certain that we will go back to Eternity. There are three principle places that Christians will go in Eternity.
- The New City
- The New Earth
- The New Heavens
The sinners who never accepted Jesus Christ into their hearts, or whose names are not written in the book of life, will go into the Lake of Fire after their lifetime here on the earth.