Beyond The Enclosure Of Time & Space: Sermon By Apostle Gobanga
Purpose refers to God’s calling and ordination on a person’s life. It is what God ordained/consecrated/set apart in His creatures.
Purpose has nothing to do with reputation or fame but the call of God on a person according to divine designation.
Divine purpose of God for man is not from without man; neither is it vested in the outer space. Divine purpose originates from eternity and is divinely vested within the spirit being of man.
Eternity is the dimension where purpose emanates and finds expression of relevance. Even within the dimension of time, purpose can only find expression of relevance so long as purpose to relate to eternity within the context of time and space.
Without eternity, there can never be purpose. Purpose in light of eternity knows no limitation of time and space. Purpose can only exist within the realms of eternity. In other words, purpose is only relevant to time and space so long as it relates to eternity. The relationship between purpose and eternity is what gives impetus to the life of purpose to spring forth.
Within the context of time and space, purpose can only respond to the voice of eternity beckoning it to realign in tandem with the proceeding divine will.
The Divine stirs up purpose within a man to call forth the treasures hidden within eternity to release divine benefits due to the human vessel.
I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him.Ecclesiastes 3:14 (NKJV)
God has deeply vested the idea of eternity in every human heart; and every considerate man sees, that all the operations of God refer to that endless duration. And it is only in eternity that man will be able to discover what God has designed by the various works He has formed.
For man to be able to walk in the fullness of the expression of purpose, he must first of all commune with the concept of eternity vested within his inner being. It’s the eternity within man that carries the essence of divine purpose.
The divine purpose vested within man cannot be subject to the limitations of time and space. Yet, the Lord in His infinite wisdom ordained that His divine purpose hidden in the eternity realm within man’s inner being shall only find expression at His appointed time.
Divine purpose is subject to the set appointed Kairos of the Divine, not the contours of nature as determined by the Chronos.
Eternity is the secret/obscurity within which purpose/mystery of God is vested/hidden because of man’s fallen state, rendering him incapable of perception of divine purpose. Thus, man in his fallen state renders him short of capacity.
By setting eternity into men’s hearts, God has given men capacity to observe all His dispensation in the world within the limitation of the mystery of eternity in the hearts of men. Yet, there are still more mysterious works of God, which man has not fully understood.
What is eternity? The word eternity comes from a Hebrew word, ‘olam’, which means eternal, age lasting or forever.
Eternity is the sphere and realms of creation outside and unlimited by time and space. It is the realms where the Creator God originates, dwells and operates. It is the territories of the spiritual creation.
Eternity is transcendence of the limitations of temporal duration and successions, where existence resides in one indivisible present. Eternity is the mode of the timeless self-existence of the Absolute Ground of the universe.
Eternity refers to timeless existence—being or entity without change and not mere permanence through time.
Eternity functions as the positive relation to time of that eternal God, who is King of all the eons. God is eternal in essence and exalted above time.
God has placed this forever essence in the heart of man. When God breathed into the body of man, the breath of life (spirit) an eternal dimension was created.
The eternity in the heart of man is a God-shaped vacuum or blank, which only the Lord can fill. Man never gets satisfied when in his futility he dares to fill the vacuum with sex, money, sports, career, or anything else. Thus, it leads to a meaningless life.
Only when the Lord fills the vacuum can a person begin to comprehend from the beginning to the end the purpose of God. When God pervades into that vacuum within an unsaved man or woman, God does a work that is eternal. With this kind of divine work, none can add to it nor subtract form it.
What happens is that the Divine pervades in such a way that man discovers that he belongs to God and desperately needs God to live, without which man is rendered to a lifestyle of survival. Immediately man embraces the Divine’s entrance into the eternity within man, God becomes man’s centre of focus. Man realizes that he belongs to God and the Lord is his.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NKJV)
God’s works are well done; there is order, harmony, and beauty in all the works of God. Even the child is a finished beauty in all the changes/stages through which he passes, according to time when his structure is properly examined, and the ends kept in view in which each change is to issue.
Nothing of this kind can be said of the works of man.