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8.12.2009

Time 2


Following on this post...

I didn't make clear what it means when one says a person's time is alive and not dead once they are dead. God acts from eternity. A person's time (their birth-to-death line of time) is certainly not dead to God.

That linear birth-to-death line of time is not all of time. It is how a human being perceives time.

So what is that line from God's point-of-view? Without trying to actually get into God's point-of-view, which isn't necessary or possible, one can see that that line of time is part of a fuller phenomenon of time as it relates to one's life. The biblical phrase 'fullness of time' suggests the fuller phenomenon of time (higher aspects, higher dimensions, whatever), certainly more than the mere linear that human beings are constrained to perceive.

The human mind can't think of it clearly so usually pictures it as a revolution, or recurrence (note: same life, same time). This of course brings the bats out of the cave screaming "reincarnation!" or "we are only given once to die!"... So, it's not helpful. It's better to think of the 'fullness' of your time more as a cosmos. Something that is filled up as it develops. Yet the obvious interval that is death seems, to the human mind which can only see its time linearly, is difficult to see in a cosmos rather than in a 'circle.' Tough. You don't die more than once, and you are alive in all your time. Unless, of course, you are regenerated and you *leave your time* to be with God in heaven.

Which brings up the fact that this life, in this living time we have, is really death. It is being *dead in sin.* It is not really life at all, but it's all we have until being born again by the Word and the Spirit.

That interval of death is really the eschatological NOW. And...now...I've really confused my zero readers.

I'll try to explain that: that interval of death which 'seems' to reside at a point in a circle (followed by birth, and, again, no, we don't die more than once nor live more than once) is really where we are now. We are dead now, asleep, dead in sin, or, we are alive now, regenerated, with Christ in the 'heavenly places'. Now.

Eph 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

The development of our time - the fullness of time with regards to our individual life - is consummated in regeneration. With regeneration (and all that follows that) we leave this time and join other saints in heaven with our King.

Until then we are 'dead in sin', literally, in a 'seeming' round of death which is really one life but alive at all its points in a way we can't perceive, but that God can. And God can act at any point of our living time.

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