by Jesse Hendley

The Ages to Come
Jesse M. Hendley
Ephesians 2:7

If souls are going to live forever, what is the end going to be? There is one thing I know: Christians are going to live forever and ever with God. My favorite passage in God's Holy Book is Eph. 2:7, "That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus." Now that Scripture tells me that I am going to live through the ages to come. Don't talk to me about living any forty, fifty, sixty, or seventy years! Brother, I'm going to live through the ages to come! An "age" is a long time you know. It is one age from Jesus' first coming to His second coming. He hasn't come yet and the age has gone on for nineteen hundred years already. That's a long time, brother, that's called an age in Scripture. Well, "ages" is plural and it will be at least 2000-year-periods running into 2000-year-periods. Say, that's all right isn't it? We are going to LIVE through the AGES to come. God's going to show how good He can be to us because we love His Son, accepted His Son, stood up for His Son, preached His Son, witnessed for His Son, labored and served His Son. God's going to show us how good He can be to us throughout the ages to come.

Now the Greeks speak of "an age" in the New Testament. Then they speak of "Ages," plural. And then the strongest Greek phrase for unendingness is "unto the ages-of-the-ages." (There is one of the advantages of using your Revised Version. You'll read "unto the ages of the ages" in the margin. Time and again, instead of using the word "forever," they used the phrase "unto the ages of the ages."

Listen, you are going to live through the ages to come. That is the teachings of the Word of God.


Now, that expression is used of God's life, and therefore you and I are going to live AS LONG AS GOD LIVES! In the book of Revelation we read of a mighty angel who puts one foot upon the land and ...

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