The eternal state is independent of time. It existed before time. It is not ‘forever’. That would merely be an extension of time. Time has a beginning and an end. The eternal state was unaffected by time. It did not stop when time began. It will not start when time ends. It has nothing to do with time. Nothing at all.
Why is this important? Because God lives in the eternal state. If we would be in contact with God, we must connect to the eternal state.
So, two things must be true. It must be possible for people to connect to the eternal state in time. And it must be beneficial to do so.
Let’s step back for a minute. We must be in a state to be close to God. We cannot make ourselves ready. God must make us ready.
He has removed all obstacles that would prevent us. This is because he desires to be close to us. But he leaves it to us to desire to be close to him. Seek and you shall find.
Now we understand what the eternal state is not. But what is it? It cannot be explained. But it can be experienced. Any attempt at explaining it is useless. Why? Because it is no place for the intellect. We can know it exists. But there it stops. It is a place for the spirit and truth. The intellect can evaluate truth and falseness but it cannot become truth.
We go forward in spirit and truth. There is no other way. We are made spiritually alive by God. But we must choose truth. Casting aside all falseness, we can meet God. This is not an exercise for the moment. We hold the false close to us to justify ourselves to the world. To ourselves. But we must be brave enough to move toward God in raw spirit and truth.
But our brave movement is not far. We are caught up by the Lord because he seeks such. All who seek, find. The ‘leap of faith’ does not exist. It is called that by those who have not taken it.
But from this point, we walk with God. There is no guidebook. It is between you and God. There have been a couple people who were forced to write their experiences with God as part of their trial. A couple others did so voluntarily. I have read them. They will not help you. To produce words to explain these experiences to the intellect is again useless.
Why is this true? Because these experiences are between you and God. They are not to instruct others. They are not even to benefit your own mind. This is to eat the ‘hidden manna’. This is life for your spirit.
This is a state of being. It is to be ‘in Christ’. You experience the state of Christ with the Father. This is not an experience for the elite. This is a normal state for a follower of Jesus. He means us to follow him in all things. He means for us to be as close to the Father as he is.
What will get you close to God? Longing to be with him who loves you. The curtain between us and God was torn from top to bottom by God.