You Have Eternal Life

You Have Eternal Life

1 John 5:11-13 KJV “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. [12] He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. [13] These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”

When Jesus reveals himself to someone they know He is real. Those who follow Him have eternal life. They’re not waiting for eternal life they already have it. To have Jesus is to have life. To not have Him is to not have life.

God wants us; His children, to know for certain that we have eternal life. He is so kind and generous to give us this gift. He didn’t have to do this. He is the creator of all things. He can do whatever He wants. And He chose to give us eternal life at a very high cost to Himself: the life, the pain, and suffering of His only begotten son. Jesus’ death on the cross established eternal life for us. People will either accept His sacrifice or not. We can’t make them receive it. We can only be hopeful and willing to share God’s message of salvation with those who want to hear it.

John 3:16-18 KJV “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. [17] For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. [18] He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

John 14:6 NLT “Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”

Some say Jesus is not the only way to be saved. Some also teach that man can become his own god. Others preach if you’re basically a good person that’s all that’s needed to get to heaven. It’s all rubbish and contradicts God’s word.

Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Another Bible put it this way:

“God has saved you only because he himself is so very kind. He has saved you because you believe him. You could not save yourselves, but it is God’s gift to you. 9 He has not saved you as a result of any good thing that you yourselves have done. So, nobody has any reason to say how good they themselves are!” (EEB)

People who choose not to believe God cannot be saved. Because faith is a requirement for salvation. But firstly we are saved by God’s grace; because He is so kind! Then comes the faith or belief in His saving work done by Jesus on the cross. Being a so-called, “Good Person,” doesn’t cut it. “God knows my heart,” doesn’t cut it either. The truth is no matter how good we think we are we all have sinned. And SIN DISQUALIFIES US FROM ETERNAL LIFE. Sin only earns death:

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

ETERNAL LIFE FROM GOD IS A GIFT, because no one can earn it.  All have sinned. To earn eternal life one would have to be sinless. Jesus Christ is the only person who did that (lived a sinless life). Which is why eternal life for the human race can only come through Him.

Romans 3:23-24 KJV “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; [24] Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”

There it is again; we’re all guilty of sin. But believers in Jesus the Messiah are set free, acquitted, justified freely from their sins, by God’s gracious kindness, “through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ.” Believers have been given Jesus’ righteousness. They are born again into Jesus’ eternal life. This is a spiritual rebirth. Only the Spirit can give life. Everything from the flesh produces death. What a wonderful free gift we have been given! We have a righteous standing in the presence of God through Jesus Christ. Indeed we are saved by God’s gracious kindness through faith, and this is not something from ourselves or something we’ve earned, so that no one can boast about how good they are.


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