Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!
1 John 3:1a
Isaac Newton worked on it in the seventeenth century, then Albert Einstein wrote about it in the early twentieth century: time. Generally, time has three dimensions: past, present, and future. Right now you are in the present. But a few seconds from now, this moment will be in the past. There is a seamless transition at work in our lives as the present retreats to the past and gives way to the future. God exists outside of time; past, present, and future are one to Him. God sees our redemption (past), sanctification (present), and glorification (future) at the same “time.”
The Bible speaks of both God’s and man’s perspective on time. God is both eternal (Deuteronomy 33:27) and infinite (Psalm 147:5). And the apostle John speaks of our past, present, and future with God in 1 John 3:1-2. God has bestowed His love on us (past; verse 1), resulting in our being children of God (present; verse 2a). And the future is ahead of us when “we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (verse 2b).
Praise Him today that His love is all-encompassing. Our past, present, and future are in His hands.