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The True Meaning of Eternal Life
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The True meaning of Eternal Life

Many Christians tend to think that the phrase "eternal life" as mentioned throughout the Holy scriptures simply means "to live forever" or "to have life forever". It is also seen as something of only a future experience in heaven, and that we believers cannot experience today.
But, is this true?
The truth is that all humanity lives forever. For those that are saved, their life forever is with God in that great Holy city where the lamb is the light. (See Revelations). For those that have rejected the Gospel, it is in Sheol (Hell). In the bible, the 17th chapter of the Gospel of John, the definition of eternal life is given:

"And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent."

This can be interpreted as: Eternal life (as God's definition) simply means to know Him and His Son. We can have eternal life right now, by knowing Him! Eternal life is more of a quality of life, rather than a duration of time. Nevertheless, it is something we will have in Heaven as well. You may be thinking, "Eternal life, right now?" Yes!

But How?

To study this further, lets look at 1 John 3:15. "No one who hates his brother has eternal life abiding in him". Who was John writing to? The answer is in 1 John 2:1, "My little Children".
He was writing to believers (those that are saved), and warns them if they hate their brothers for any reason, eternal life will not be in them. With our definition of eternal life as to know God and Christ, as stated above, the passage in 1 John 3:15 can be rendered as "No one who hates his brother knows God and His Son". This is a theme consistently throughout scripture as well. However, the reverse is true. If we love Christ and one another, eternal life abides in us.
This means that eternal life is conditional on our faith in Christ, and our love for one another. (See 1 John 3:23).
In conclusion, eternal life is something that can come and go many times in this life, because if we are honest with ourselves, we will not always love our brothers and sisters, and If we just have anger with them in our heart without a cause, we have murdered them in Christ's eyes. Eternal life is the life abundance only obtained by knowing the eternal God who gives it. Thus, it is something to have right now, and also in the life to come, and is not to be confused with salvation.

What do you think?

Published: Aug 29 2007 12:47:12pm


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Naaman Han (@lukefour27)
Aug 29 2007 09:53:34pm
  Interesting approach wesley, I haven't seen it your way before and I appreciate what you're pointing to in regards to knowing God, but I think you don't have all the information on eternity. Eternity has adopted an errored meaning of "lots of time," like forever, but eternity is not refering to lots of time, but rather being outside the domain of time altogether. Time is part of the physical universe -- like gravity, the electromagnetic force, and velocity. Time is measureable and relative just as other forces are. One of God's defining attributes is that he is the creator of time, and is thus not bound by it. God's eternal nature is one of his hallmarks and is expressed in Isaiah: Isaiah 46:10 NLT Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish. Isaiah 46:10 KJV Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: God is not restricted by the domain of time which is why he is able to tell us what is to come to pass with errorless, pinpoint accuracy. It's as if God can see all of time at once. And also, Isaiah 57:15 KJV For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. God dwells in eternity and has set it in our hearts. What do you think? -lukefour27


Wesley anderson (@wesley0115)
Aug 31 2007 12:33:02pm
  That is a great way of looking at it! When I try to imagine and comprehend eternity, I feel like a fireant trying to understand the internet! Thank you for your comments! It is like you said, we(humans) were the ones that put the hours, minutes, and seconds into time for ourselves, not God. I used to think that merely God saw the end from the beginning. But from my interpretation of the scripture you stated above in ISAIAH 57:15, He is actually there! He is at the end, the very same time He is at the beginning, the very same time He is right now, because He is not limited by time itself. Just as He is in all places at once, because He is not bound by distance (omnipresent). His knowledge of the future does not come from the past, but like you said, because He "inhabiteth eternity", and He is in the future right now. Thank you for your insight! Your Brother, Wesley



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