Eternal life

John 3:36 “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”

Do you realize what eternal life is?  It is not something in the far away future that we are waiting for, although that may be where our thoughts go when we think about it.  In the verse above we are told that eternal life is a present condition of those who believe in the Son, for it says such a person has eternal life.  And eternal life is just that, eternal, i.e., it will never end.  No matter what happens to a believer here on earth, they will live forever. Jesus made this clear when he said in Luke 21:16-18 “You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But not a hair of your head will perish.” What a strange thing to say, that people will be put to death, but nevertheless not a hair of their head will perish.  How can this be?  It’s all about eternal life, for physical death, which we will all experience, will not extinguish the life of a believer. In fact, it is only the gateway into realizing ever more glorious experiences of the eternal life that he already possesses.

Another fact about eternal life is that it describes a quality of life.  Jesus spoke of this when He said He came to give us life, and to give it more abundantly (John 10:10).  Eternal life is a life spent in the constant awareness of the protection and love of an Almighty Savior who watches over us as a shepherd does his sheep.  It’s a life full of gratitude no matter what the circumstances of life, for we have a Sovereign God who is working all things together for the good in our lives (Romans 8:28). 

We often hear said about people that they are “living it up,” when they are in essence just delving into sin with all that is in them.  Or we hear the term “life is good” or “this is the life” when people talk about a life filled with wealth, happiness, pleasure, and ease.  But if that’s the focus of a person, i.e., life here in now – a physical life focused on pleasure – rather than spiritual life, the Bible says that that person “is dead even while they live (I Timothy 5:6).” On the other hand, the Bible says of the person who seeks first the kingdom of God “though he die, yet shall he live (John 11:25).”  If you don’t have that eternal life, please know that you can have it today, but there is only one way – that is to turn to the one who is the one and only Way, Truth and Life; Jesus, the author of Life.

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