A review of From Eternity to Here by Frank Viola (ISBN # 978-1-4347-6870-4. Copyright 2009)
The Big Picture of God’s Plan for Mankind from Eternity.
Every generation, often more than once, a man or woman comes along who’s clearly called by God. They see the truth in God’s Word and proclaim it in a fresh way that opens our eyes.
It’s all there in the Bible
It’s not something made up or imaginary. Actually it was there all the time, inspired words waiting to be to be taken seriously, or waiting for discovery by a mind open and prepared to hear the Lord’s instruction. Prepared to learn at the feet of the Lord Jesus.
And the Kingdom Moves Forward
Sometimes, and especially when that person’s message is heard, understood and heeded, a move of God occurs, and God’s Spirit moves powerfully on people. The progress of God’s Kingdom on earth as a this-world reality is augmented and goes forward.
I don’t often say that a particular person is a gifted Bible teacher. I’m rather hard to please. But I say that about Frank Viola. His writings are must-reads. All of them.
I recommend all of his books
But this is one of his finest and most enlightening–From Eternity to Here. This book is powerful, can be life-changing, and definitely sets forth in a fresh and newly insightful look at the Church, the Body of Christ. It is solidly Scriptural from cover to cover, and also reading it can be both challenging and comforting at the same time.
The Real church
The real Church is not a building—we all know that. Nor is it a denomination, no matter how big, or this or that sect or an institution, no matter how impressive. The Church of Jesus Christ consists of all true born-again believers in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. And we experience the real thing when we fellowship and pray together. Not socialize or pass the time in casual conversation—although there is nothing wrong per se with causal conversation. But the Church is expressed, realized in visible form, when we share in mutual ministry the life of Jesus who is unfailingly present in the midst of those who gather in His name.
This is a book that should be read by every serious Christian, no matter the denomination or sector of the Church.
Try it. It will warm your heart and encourage your faith.