“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” John 17:3
Life in this world is temporary and limited, but there is a life different from the mere existence that most human beings can comprehend. It is an amazing life, and it can be said that the reason the Son of God came into the world was to offer this kind of life to those who believe in Him. It is the gift of a life that lasts forever, measured not simply by its duration, but by its intense and distinctive quality.
Eternal life brings us into fellowship with God. Into this life are given the exceeding great and precious promises of God, enabling us to be partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). When we are born again through faith in Christ, we do not simply become “better persons”; we share and participate in the very life and nature of God: we are in God, and God is in us, a mystical conception and a reality that is staggering to the human mind.
It is a life of purpose, sharing in God’s interests and objectives, whereby we become partners in God’s great plan of salvation for the world. We feel God’s grief over sin and see evil as a real force that manipulates the lives of mankind in their enmity against God. Hence we live to push forward the kingdom of light against the kingdom of darkness.
God becomes very real to us. We are steadily aware and certain of His presence. It is a life of communion with God and knowing Him as our Father, recognizing that we are never alone because God is constantly with us and that our lives are in His hands.
Eternal life is knowing God. What could be more amazing than that?
* Reference: Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Fellowship With God, Crossway Books, Wheaton, Illinois, 1993, pp. 56-85
* Photography: Sunrise by Knowles Gallery @ Flickr cc
Amen! TRULY wondrous, TRULY amazing! Wonderful article and very well written!
Thank you, Susan. I really appreciate your comments. Have a blessed Lord’s Day!
…and beyond the promise is a command that we simply LOVE…….for through love, our life extends beyond our life………..so that we not only have eternal life with God, but eternal life here in the lives of others we have blessed with His grace. Exceptional!!!
You say it beautifully, indeed the love we share with other people in our lifetime extends beyond our life — another dimension to our eternal experience. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!
Thank you, Dee, very well said…when we see and know Him on the inside, we become progressively changed into that same image, from glory to glory, on the outside – so that all the world can witness Him in us.
Amen, Lester! Thank you for the reminder of this truth!
I nominated you for the Sunshine Award. I find your blog most inspiring.
Thank you very much, it is a great honor.
You offer value and inspiration to the world….thank YOU….it’s an honor.
Blessings to you.
I love it! eternal life what a concept. I have an 89 year old mom she was talking to me the other day about death and how she was afraid to die, I said, “mam who wants to live in this little town forever, heaven is Gods paradise moment for you that last forever.. death is but an entrance into the eternal… forever alive in paradise..thats a God idea.
Blessings my sister.
Yes, truly death is nothing to be afraid of, especially when we are in Christ. To be absent in the body is to be present with Christ. Thank you for your wonderful comment, and blessings to you, brother. Dee