Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. – 1 Timothy 1:17
There are two eternities in 1 Timothy 1:17. There is a King who reigns eternally; and there is praise that greets Him forever and ever. Because God is eternal, His praise is everlasting.
One of the reasons God promises us eternal life is so we can render everlasting praise. The Bible says, “Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God” (Psalm 90:2). The cry of the holy ones in heaven is: “Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13)
If Christians only think in terms of time, our lives are miserable. The Bible says that without the reality of the resurrection and its ensuring eternal life, we are the most pitiful of people (1 Corinthians 15:19). But Christ has risen from the dead! The Day of the Lord is coming. Eternity is our inheritance. As we better contemplate the nature of our eternal King, we will better cope with the tensions of time. Since we’re going to praise Him forever, why not begin now? Why not start living with eternity in view!
We must meet the uncertainties of this world with the certainty of the world to come.
A. W. Tozer
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