Verse of the day.
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
Jesus was emphatic in His definition of eternal life. Eternal life IS the knowledge of God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent. The knowledge of God and Jesus Christ is NOT A PREREQUISITE for eternal life. No, the knowledge of God IS eternal life.
This makes clear that this Life doesn’t come when you leave the earth for Heaven. No, you receive eternal life through your faith in Jesus, and you live out that life by continuously knowing God.
Jesus possessed eternal life as He walked this earth as human (John 17:2), and He is able to give this Life to as many who are given Him by the Father – as many who believe in Him.
That They May KNOW You
Knowing God is not a thoughtful knowing of the mind. Oh, I know that God is Love, and He loves me so much. I know that He is Truth and never lies. I know that He is Light and in Him is no darkness… Saying these will have no effect on the life of God in you if they only reside in your thoughts. The knowing that is eternal life is an intimate experiential knowledge of God.
Ideally, no one knows a husband more than his wife, and no one knows a wife more than her husband. Eternal life is such intimate experiential knowledge of God – where He knows you and you know Him too. It is knowledge born of tests and victories, trials and triumphs, persecutions and endurance, joy and pain, personal dealings and experiences, all in the Beloved.
As far as Jesus was concerned, the Father was as real to Him as anyone He physically interacted with. This is the life we have been called to live. Knowing God that intimately even while we walk this earth.
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The ONLY TRUE GOD
Often, we place unworthy things in the position of God. Jesus recognized this. He, therefore, made clear that eternal life comes from knowing the ONLY TRUE GOD. Intimately knowing or engaging yourself or any other subject matter of great admiration or detest never produces eternal life. Only the true God does.
And JESUS CHRIST Whom You have Sent.
Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension constitute the gateway to eternal life. You cannot come to the Only true God except through Christ (John 14:6). Faith in Him grants you access to this Life of God which you must forever engage.
This assures us of our position in God. And rather than spend time praying not to miss heaven when we leave this earth, we give more attention to engaging the life of God in us and exploring a world, which we already are citizens of.
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I have eternal life in Jesus Christ, and by Your grace, I will daily grow in the knowledge of God and Christ Jesus my God.
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