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Eternal life is an important subject today just as it was during the days of Jesus Christ’s physical presence on earth.
On different occasions, Jesus was asked the same question on how to inherit eternal life by a rich young ruler (Luke 18:18) and a conniving lawyer (Luke 10:25).
In John chapter 5, Jesus exposes the unbelieving Jews when He tells it to their face “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life” -(John 5:39.
Dear reader and listener, searching, examining, or studying the scriptures is not eternal life. Similarly, moral living, attending church regularly, or performing many good deeds are encouraging but they do not earn you eternal life.
So, If you’re also asking the same question, “How do I get eternal life?” the only answer I have for you is: “have faith in Jesus Christ“- (John 3:15,16).
Faith or belief in Jesus Christ saves you and also activates your new life in Christ –(Ephesians 2:8, John 14:6). Jesus came to seek and save the lost and your salvation package from God includes eternal life.
I want you to know that faith in Jesus Christ is and remains the only genuine path to eternal life! This is how John puts it: “God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:11-12 )
All who put their faith in Christ Jesus are saved! They can begin to live their everlasting or eternal life in Christ right now – (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10)
What is Eternal Life?
Eternal life is a gift from God- (Romans 6:23). It is the guaranteed assurance that other faiths don’t have and can’t give you.
Truth is, no one ceases to exist when they die. You will live forever, either rejoicing in heaven or gnashing your teeth in hell. In the story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke chapter 16, we read that both men died, yet both men continued to live; Lazarus in Abraham’s bosom and the rich man in hell, being tormented.
Eternal life is therefore more than just life after death. It is a brand new life in Jesus Christ. It is knowing your God.-(John 17:3).
John 3:36 says, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him.”
Just like the rich young ruler in Mark chapter 10, some people have placed their faith in their status and material possessions. They have therefore walked away from Jesus Christ. Others also refuse to hear anything about the Gospel of Jesus Christ which produces faith. Scripture says the faith you need for salvation comes by hearing the word of God -(Romans 10:17).
Aside from being denied life, verse 36 of John chapter 3 says the wrath of God abides with those who refuse to believe in Jesus Christ. .
On the other hand, if you accept and believe in Jesus Christ, you have eternal life. Jesus embraces you immediately. This means you get to experience and enjoy God right now and every day, while you look forward to heaven someday. Eternal life is your current possession.
In Revelation 3:20, we see a willingness on the part of Jesus to have a relationship with us. He says when you hear His voice and invites Him in, He will dine with you and also be with you. That’s a promised friendship!
This is what makes eternal life a relationship between God and man. John confirms that eternal life is not a thing or a theory but a relationship with a Personality- (1 John 1:1, 2, 3).
Eternal life is an interactive relationship where you get to speak to God in prayer through Jesus Christ and He speaks to you through His word and His Spirit-the Holy Spirit.
I invite you to accept Jesus Christ this minute by confessing Him as your Lord and Savior. Believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead and you will be saved! – (Romans 10:9-10, Acts 16:30,31).
Salvation entitles you to live in heaven someday but that does not mean sitting idle and waiting for that day.
Begin to enjoy your eternal life relationship with God through Christ, on earth, as it is in heaven. Begin to tell others about your new relationship in Christ to attract them.
I recommend you watch “ETERNAL LIFE” and the “THE NEW YOU IN CHRIST” by Patrick E Quainoo on our YouTube Channel.
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