Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Bible Doctrine Series-El-Olam
El Olam—“the everlasting God” (Genesis 21:33). Olam means “eternal, perpetual, from before time began to beyond the end of future time.” El Olam is the Everlasting God, the God of Ages, and the God of Eternity. Because He is the God of eternity, what He does transcends what we call “time.” His actions rise above and go beyond the limits of time. Webster defines eternity as "infinite time; endless. It is duration without beginning or end." Look at some of what God does with His eye beholding eternity. --He establishes everlasting covenants (Genesis 9:16). --What He gives to His people, He gives as an everlasting possession (Genesis 17:8). --His anointing qualified priests to minister through a perpetual (eternal) priesthood (Exodus 40:15). Believers are "Kings and Priests." Jesus Christ is our High Priest. --He is our eternal, safe refuge (Deuteronomy 33:27). --He established the righteous with an everlasting foundation in the passing storm (Proverbs 10:25). --He provides Israel with everlasting salvation (Isaiah 45:17). --He shames and brings everlasting disgrace to our persecutors (Jeremiah 20:11). --He loves us with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). --His kingdom and dominion is everlasting (Daniel 4:3). --His ways are everlasting (Habakkuk 3:6). --He gives all men the opportunity to inherit eternal life, because of His great love (John 3:16). --He deals out retribution to those who don’t know God. Their penalty will be eternal destruction away from the presence, glory, and power of the Lord (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9). He provides believers with eternal comfort and hope by His grace (2 Thessalonians 2:16. His reproach is everlasting as well. He had kept rebellious angels in eternal chains under darkness for His judgment (Jude 6). His enemies can look forward only to everlasting fire, punishment, and destruction. El Olam is truly the Eternal God. Dr. Ken Copley is available for counseling, conferences, and local church meetings.