The Day of Eternity

Text: 2 Peter 3:18

This is the seventh in a series of lessons examining some great days in history – not in secular history, but days of spiritual importance. In this seventh lesson, we’re going to be discussing the day of eternity and what happens after life on earth is over.

The Background

  • The world will be destroyed (2 Peter 3:10) – the world is not changing, it will cease to exist; with this, time will cease; time began on the day of Creation (Genesis 1:1-5); God is eternal (Psalm 90:2) and existed without beginning before the first day; when the world is destroyed, all will return to this existence beyond the bounds of time
  • Our bodies will be changed (1 Corinthians 15:51-54) – flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 15:50)
  • Where we spend eternity will depend upon how we have lived our lives – judgment [previous lesson]; will we do “good deeds” or “evil deeds” while here on earth? (John 5:28-29)

The Events on That Day

  • The wicked will face eternal torment (Revelation 14:11; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; Jude 7) – punishment prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41); there is no reason to want to go there, not even for the company (Luke 16:27-28)
  • The righteous will be in the presence of God (1 Thessalonians 4:17; Revelation 22:3-5) – He will comfort us after we endured all of the hardships of life (Revelation 21:4)
  • The righteous will enjoy rest (Revelation 14:13) – implies that we are to be working for the Lord now (cf. Titus 2:14)

Key Lessons

  • God will reward those who follow Him (John 12:25-26; 14:1-3) – Jesus is the source of salvation for those who obey (Hebrews 5:9); we must have faith that He will reward us (Hebrews 11:6)
  • God will punish those who refuse to follow Him (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9) – He has shown His willingness and ability to punish those who are disobedient (1 Corinthians 10:1-11); therefore, we must fear Him (Matthew 10:28) and take advantage of His patience (2 Peter 3:9; Romans 2:4)
  • This is for eternity – judgment is final (Matthew 25:46); whatever hardships we face here are short by comparison (2 Corinthians 4:17); whatever pleasure we experience from sin is passing (Hebrews 11:25); therefore, we must not allow anything in this life (good or bad) to hinder us from serving the Lord
  • This has always been God’s plan (Ephesians 1:4; Revelation 13:8) – we think of this world’s history as being so long and vast, but it is just a blip in God’s eternal purpose (Ephesians 3:11)

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