John 17 (specifically verses 3, 6, 25-26)
Eternal life is something so misunderstood in mainstream American culture. We think of floating around in the sky with little naked baby angels, or our spirits existing in a different, unseen plane or dimension, or literal streets of gold where we have no worries or cares and we have all the earthly goods we want.
If anything, this last description is the closest to the Biblical truth – Revelation tells us God will dwell with His people in a new heaven and new earth, terra firma. However, this is not the heart or essence of eternal life, living forever in a new, perfect world. Jesus’ prayer to his Father in John 17 spells out quite clearly what eternal life is: “Eternal life is to know you, the only true God, and to know Jesus Christ, the one you sent.”
This not only debunks works-based salvation, but shows us that we do not have to wait until we die to have eternal life. We can know the Father NOW. We can know Jesus NOW. We can interact and have conversations with them NOW. Eternal life is not life after the grave – it is the fullness of life we have when we KNOW the power behind the universe, know His character, know what He has done, and know that He loves us.
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