One of the most assuring truths from God is that He has put eternity in our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Eternal life is a gift Jesus offers everyone. It is a gift that allows us to experience abundant life in the now, while we’re on earth, and in the future when we’re in heaven. Here are three things the Bible says about eternal life:
1. Eternity begins at salvation
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Eternal life is the unending, indestructible life of God. It begins when we profess our faith in Jesus and is to be abundantly experienced and enjoyed in this life and in heaven.
2. You can experience the hope of eternity in your daily life
John 4:14 – but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.
Eternal life is not just a feeling or a thought, it is the person of Jesus. Truly beholding Jesus means putting your faith and trust in Him every day. Life can be hard, but the Word of God is always right and is meant to give you peace and hope in the midst of difficulty.
3. You have the promise of living with God forever
1 John 5:11-13 – And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in the Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
Everywhere the river of life goes it brings healing and restoration. There is always hope when we are connected to Jesus. Regardless of our present circumstances we can rest in the fact that eternal life is a promise from God.
By Jimmy Seibert, Senior Pastor