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What Exactly is Eternal Life?

(John 10:28) And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

(John 17:3) And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

To many, Eternal life conjures thoughts of living forever in Heaven or living without death, pain or sickness and is something Mankind has sought after for centuries to thwart death and the degenerative processes of old age. i,e, "The Fountain of Youth". We have been trying to find or create the Fountain of Youth to prolong our lives through holistic, medical and pharmaceutical processes. The concept of Eternal life has many connotations and understandings, but what exactly is Eternal life?

For a long time we've tried to unravel the secret or understanding of eternity and have tried to fathom it through mathematics and numerous spiritual practices.

We've even gone as far as to create an understanding of existence with the concept that when we die we come back in another form, reincarnation. Is there a definition that can adequately explain this concept in a manner we can understand and comprehend? Yes there is and it can be found in the Bible scripture of John 17:3.

(John 17:3) And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

But can it really be this simple? What does this mean? Again, as the Bible states, Eternal Life is the process of knowing and learning about who God is. God is infinite and in order to understand and know Him, it would take eternity to do so.

Bible Knowledge Commentary: John 17:3 - Eternal life, as defined here by Jesus, involves the experience of knowing the only true God through His Son (cf. Mat_11:27). It is a personal relationship of intimacy which is continuous and dynamic. The word know (gino¯sko¯sin) here in the present tense, is often used in the Septuagint and sometimes in the Greek New Testament to describe the intimacy of a sexual relationship (e.g., Gen_4:1, “lay”; Mat_1:25, “had… union”).

Thus a person who knows God has an intimate personal relationship with Him. And that relationship is eternal, not temporal. Eternal life is not simply endless existence.

Again, as the Bible states, Eternal Life is the process of learning about and knowing who God is. This entails understanding how He works, thinks and loves His creation..

A Quick Sidenote

So if Eternal LIfe is knowing God, then Death is NOT knowing God. Isn't that what Satan has been trying to do over the span of Human existence? Satan has cast an untrue view of the character of God by the many false doctrines that are taught in most of Christian churches today.

Satan has been spreading lies about God since before he was cast out of Heaven because he does not want us to truly know God.

Even with normal human relationships, it takes time to know and understand who an individual is. We are very complex creatures and we are made up of influences from our parents, our society and our environment, not to mention the era of time we live in. Even with a lifetime of communication, do you understand and fully know those closest to you? We only have a short life span to know others, and even that isn't enough to fully understand ourselves.

Nothing will be better than knowing and learning about God. Knowing God will be an amazing ongoing experience, that will continue throughout eternity and imagine learning from the creator of all things. Knowledge and understanding will never cease.

Those who accepted Jesus as their Lord and Saviour will have this wonderful gift from God, Eternal Life. We will have eternity to learn more about this wonderful being and what God has in store for His children is beyond our understanding...

(1Corinthians 2:9) But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

For Further Thought

Eternal life also refers to a span of time that will never end. Many Christians today still believe the lie Satan told in the Garden of Eden. He told Eve that she would not surely die if she defied God, and she bought it. Satan was saying to Eve, you will not die because you already have Eternal life.

(Genesis 3:4) And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

Many believe that we have an immortal soul, but the Bible says other wise. No where in the Bible does it say that Mankind is immortal, in fact immortality is an attribute of God only.

(1 Timothy 1:17) Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Mankind is mortal and will not obtain immortality until after Jesus returns with His reward at the Second Coming. Only the righteous will receive immortality. The Wicked will be destroyed in the Lake of Fire and will suffer the Second Death.

(Job 4:17) Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?

(Romans 6:12) Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

(Romans 8:11) But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

(1 Corinthians 15:53) For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

(1 Corinthians 15:54) So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

(Romans 6:23) For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

(Revelation 22:12) And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

(1 Corinthians 15:52) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

On a Final Note

If you do not know or have drifted away from God, please consider what I've written here. Satan mocks those who reject Jesus, knowing they will suffer the Second Death.

Remember, Belief Cannot Change Reality and the reality is that God exists and wants nothing more than to have a relationship with you through His Son Jesus. Please hearken to His call on your life.

If you do not have a relationship with Jesus, please consider turning your heart and life over to Christ...

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