I want to use today's post to respond to a question my cousin asked after reading the post "Our Father's Love" earlier this week. She wrote...
What do you mean by the word eternities? I know we have talked about having a different "language" within our different belief system. I was just wondering about your definition of this word. Thanks for your love and patience with me! Hugs, Erin
Thank you... thank you... THANK YOU Erin for your love and interest! It touches my heart deeply that you would take the time to first of all read my blog and secondly engage in discussion about it! Historically, I have taken inquiries about my blog and have either written a personal email or had a phone conversation answering the question. The spirit quickly directed me this time towards a written post. One of my main goals with this blog is to open up discussion on the Savior and His gospel. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to share a little of my heart with you about the Savior and today, specifically, concerning the eternities. The question becomes... how in depth shall we go??? This post will give a basic overview of my belief as a Latter day Saint on the subject of eternal life. I am always excited to go deeper if you would like. Let me know!
The use of the word "eternities" as opposed to "eternity" in my mind simply emphasizes the infinite nature of time. Everlasting to everlasting is a common phrase found in the scriptures illustrating this concept. The present moment we are in lies smack in the middle of the eternities...infinite time before now and infinite time to come. This life is merely a blip on the eternal timeline. Each of us are here to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling before God. (see Philipians 2:12 & Mormon 9:27) We "are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil". (see 2Nephi 2:27-30) The Father's ultimate goal is to make us joint-heirs with Christ, crowning us with His eternal glory. (see Romans 8:16-17) I love the following words of Peter, which sum all of this up beautifully.
5-... be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
6- Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time:
10- But the God of all grace who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
1 Peter 5
Mormons interpret this doctrine literally. Ask yourself,
"What is it that Christ has inherited and as a joint-heir with Him... what does that mean I will inherit?"
"What is the eternal glory of the Father that each of us are called to?"
Because of Christ's atoning sacrifice I can be made whole and become perfected like unto my Father. Through the merits of He who is mighty to save, I can return to live with God my Father and pattern my eternity after His eternity... receiving His eternal glory. I marvel at His love and goodness... His grace and mercy. His generosity and vision for my life never cease to fill me with awe. I truly am one who stands ALL amazed!