“From Here to Eternity”
By Carl Nunnery
Farmington Correctional Facility, Farmington, MO
This writing is different from the other writings that I have done due to it being titled from a TV movie that I have heard about. I must admit to you that I have never seen this movie myself or even know what it is about. But still, the title of this movie came to mind when I thought about where we desire to spend the rest of our lives.
Think about it, from here to eternity. The here is where you are currently at in your life and the choices that you are presently making. As to eternity, that will be the result of your choices that you make that will determine where you will spend the rest of your life. It made a bell go off to remind me that we will, in fact, leave from here to an eternity. You’re probably thinking, “If I die, how can I go on to an eternity?” The answer is you don’t die, your body does. It is your spirit that will go on to an eternity.
Here is how that works. When God created man in his image (Gen. 1:26) that makes us a spirit as God is a spirit (John 4:26). The body is not eternal, the body is just a created vessel where the spirit dwells in. The body is not eternal and was not created to be.
When we consider our body, you have to understand it is not just a body. Our body is made up of a trinity. In I Thess. 5:23 it tells us the human body is made up of a body, soul and spirit. The body is temporary, the soul is your mind thinking, the spirit lives in the body. It never dies. It’s from God (Gen. 2:17).
Each part of the body’s trinity has its own distinct function, but what I want to have you focus on is the spirit. It never dies. In the body of a Christian, the spirit goes back to be with the Lord who gave it (Ecc. 12:2). That makes our spirit eternal. Sounds great so far, doesn’t it? Now for the bad news. Did you know there are two separate eternities? They are with the lord in eternity or with the devil in eternity.
Make no mistake about it, both eternities are very real. That’s why the title “from here to eternity” makes more sense than you may realize. It is the here and now that will decide our eternity. I urge you to read my writing that I wrote called “Death, What is Death, What happens after Death.” This will give you detailed information and a better understanding about what happens when the body dies. My focus now is on where you go from here and where you want to spend your eternity.
It is urgent that you stop to think about the here and now. The urgency is that the now could be your last day for you to decide or choose your eternity before it is made for you. This is the one single most important decision that you can make in your life, and you have so much riding on it.
Why is it so urgent? Simply this: In Matt. 24:44 it tells us the Lord is coming at an unexpected hour which means we don’t know the day or time of the Lord’s return. You could walk out your front door and your life here on earth could be over.
Have you ever looked back on something that you said or did and said, “I won’t make that mistake again.” That is all well and good. Learn from your mistakes, but when it comes to choosing your eternity there will not be any second chances to get it right. You must know which eternity you are heading for and approach each and every day as if it was your last day on earth because it may be just that. As I stated earlier, no one knows the day or hour of the Lord’s return.
In I Tim. 6:19, it says “laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” When you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, you are doing exactly what Timothy had written in his book. You’re laying down a foundation against the time to come, which is the day of the lord (I Thess. 5:2-3).
Timothy goes on to say that they may lay hold of eternal life. Let’s break it down. To prepare for your future (store up), good foundation (the Lord Jesus Christ), the time to come (the day of the Lord) and lay hold on (eternal life).
Yes, we all can be assured of an eternal life, but it is up to you to choose to receive the blessed promise of it (Heb. 9:15) that will be spent with our Lord and Savior. If not, you will go on to the other eternal life, spent with Satan, in eternal hell.
The eternal hell as I stated is a very real place. You can read my writing “The Devil and Hell. Are They For Real?” I do explain this place called hell more in depth, but to give you some idea about what the eternity in hell would be like, here are a few scriptures. Conscience (Luke 16:24), in a fire (Rev. 20:15), in your spirit (Gen. 1:26), not consumed (Mark 9:44), in everlasting torment (Luke 16:28) and for eternity (Matt. 25:41).
My friends, where you go from here is your choice, in which eternity you choose to spend it.
God has made the way (John 14:6), the provision (Rom. 13:14) and the promise (Heb. 9:15).
May God direct your path from here to His eternity.