[Calvary Chapel] 2003-08-21 - Imagine Forever

Gen 1:1a In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (KJV)

We all have a beginning. Whether you consider it the day you were born or conceived, we all have a beginning. Before that time we did not exist. Though our lives have a beginning we are not finite. For good or for ill we will live forever either in Heaven with Jesus or in Hell apart from Him. Those are the two choices - period.

Our minds are currently finite as well. I've studied some fairly complex mathematics. In some problems the only way to make the solution work is to define the data as it approaches infinity or zero. Division by zero is, of course, not possible. But by defining the value of the problem at these critical points, the problem can be solved.

These problems forced me to consider values that my mind could conceptualize, but could not truly apprehend. I can work with the concept of infinity, but there is no number that I can not add one to and not get the next number. I never actually get to infinity. Mathematically the principles and theorems appear to work even though some of the values are theoretical. The truth laid out in the mathematics of Calculus and other higher math systems can model anything in the physical world.

For all of humanity time has always existed. When Adam was created from the dust of the Earth, time had already been set in motion. But here, at the beginning, God already exists. Our minds can not apprehend the idea of infinity outside of time, let alone completely grasp the infinite mind or power of God. Because we can not completely understand the Creator it does not change the truth of His existence or the fact that He is the ultimate Truth.

Even though our minds can not completely understand forever we have a promise that it is there and that God has been making preparations to make it special for all who will answer His call.

John 14:1-3 "Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 "In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. (NAS)

Grace & Peace,

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