I received Eternal Life (1 John 5:11-12)
Have you ever thought about eternity? It sure seems like a long time. I have
sometimes wondered about living forever. Forever seems endless, in fact it
is endless, and that seems like more time than I can understand. Well, mainly
I am thankful for eternal life, but I know that I don't fully understand
the implications of what eternal life means. Someone who must have thought
a lot about eternal life (Thomas Watson), once said, "Eternity to the godly
is a day that has no sunset; eternity to the wicked is a night that has no
The words of Christ to Martha in John 11:25, 26, are just as pertinent to
us today, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall
live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never
die. Do you believe this?" The question is powerful. Because if Martha, or
we, believe this, the implications are dynamic. If we do not believe this
the implications are equally significant in our lives. Christ here makes
an amazing claim about eternal life and all those who follow Him, and then
follows up the statement with a solicitation for a profession of faith. As
Martha replied, so should we.
Again, Colossians 3:4, is very clear when it says, "When Christ, who is our
life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory." Christ
is called our life here, but the verse also gives a clear link to eternal
life with Him in heaven. Christ is our life presently and in the future we
will be with Him in glory, enjoying eternal life.
Eternal life is a hope for the Christian. It begins when we come to faith
in Christ, but its real reality is a future experience. It is a hope for
the Christian. Sometimes it is hard to trust those things that are only future
hopes. But the promise of eternal life for the Christian is no false promise
of a payout like the lottery. Our ticket, as it were, in the mercy of Christ,
is punched, and our victory is certain. The promise of eternal life is not
simply our hope, but rather our sure hope.
Christ made it clear that He was the way to eternal life. In John 14:6, Christ
says, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father,
but through me." Christ claims an exclusive way to life, it is through Him,
and the forgiveness offered in His sacrifice.
Receiving eternal life is another gift that we receive in salvation when
we trust in Christ for forgiveness of sins. It is one that we do not fully
grasp now, but I am sure it is one gift that we will grow to be ever thankful
for as we experience the blessings of Eternal life with God.