What We Know Of Life In The Hereafter -- By: George P. Herrick

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 078:310 (Apr 1921)
Article: What We Know Of Life In The Hereafter
Author: George P. Herrick


What We Know Of Life In The Hereafter

George P. Herrick

We have one life to live on earth. With God is the rest.” Yes, what we have to do is to live worthily here and now. But we believe that beyond this life’s utmost bound, our souls are still to possess a life unmeasured by the flight of years. Therefore, to know so much as we can know of life in the Hereafter should help us to live better while we tabernacle in mortal bodies.

Analogies, probabilities, logical reasoning, our aspirations, have a certain value in revealing to us what that life is. The wisest philosophers of Greece, Plato especially, gained and recorded visions of the life beyond death very surprising, considering the age in which they lived. The efforts of certain modern psychologists to lift the veil from the life of those who have passed beyond our sight have as yet yielded very meager results.

Our knowledge of life in the Hereafter is derived alone from Revelation and from faith vision. This vision, based on the words of Revelation, is knowledge, which in the realm of spirit is supreme and unchallengeable. Note a few of the very many words of Revelation on which that knowledge and that vision are based. “I know that my Redeemer [my Sponsor, my Defender] liveth, and at last he will stand up upon the earth: and after my skin, even this body, is destroyed, then without my flesh shall I see God” (Job 19:25, 26):”And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake and they that are wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament” (Dan. 12:2, 3; see also, for vision of God, Job 42:5, 6, and Isa. 6:1–5).

From words of Revelation in the New Testament we learn more specifically that:—

1. Life in the Hereafter is Permanent and Timeless.

To apply our arithmetical measures to that life or dwell upon its endlessness is less important than to think of its quality. When our Lord declares (John 17:3) that to know God and Jesus Christ is life eternal, it is manifest that the word “eternal” denotes quality, not duration. Indeed, both the Greek and Hebrew terms for “eternal” point to what is permanent, rather than endless. In Arabic, Moslems the world over say, when a friend dies, “He has removed to the door of permanency.”

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