“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life;” John 3:36
I read my bible to when I hunt deer. It’s water-proof, so there is no need to worry about the weather. It’s free of any markings or notes from previous readings. This is nice because I start to notice things I hadn’t before.
For instance, I really noticed how much emphasis there is on “eternal life” in the Gospel of John. That got me to pondering.. I’m pretty sure one could barely scratch the surface with a doctoral dissertation on eternal life, but let me just make a few comments here.
First, let’s touch on what it is NOT. That’s easy enough with the entire verse that we opened with:
John 3:36 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
Life is not death, not even close. To use the imagery of polar opposites doesn’t seem right because that gives an impression of a continuum. There is no middle ground between the two. There is God’s wrath in death.
There is Jesus in life. In fact, that is what life is all about: Jesus. If you want life, you get Jesus. If you don’t want Jesus, you don’t get life.
John 1:4 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
With Him, we also get the Father and the Spirit.
John 3:5 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
As we can see in this verse, eternal life is a place, a place to go, one that we will one day go to, even if our bodies die first.
John 5:28-29 28 Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.
Through Him, we receive everything we need:
John 4:14 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
We don’t have to blindly take Jesus’ word for it. He didn’t simply make any of this stuff up. This was not a new concept.
John 5:39 39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,
We can be sure that Jesus is the one. Not only does scripture testify about him, but God is the one who is pointing our nose in the right direction. Actually, there is a bit more to it than that.
John 6:37a 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me,
John 6:44 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.
John 6:65 65 And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”
There’s more to it than simply God guiding us. God the Father delivers us to his Son. Not only that, the Spirit is the one who actually gives eternal life.
John 6:63 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
To obtain eternal life, you are the beneficiary of actions from all three of the Godhead: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. All three intervened for your benefit to give you eternal life. It was no “accident” if you are saved. It was a deliberate action on God’s part.
All this from the just the first six chapters of John! Just imagine how the rest of the bible verifies this truth! All this simply from belief in Jesus!
John 3:16 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
That’s what I need to do. Believe. Have faith. In fact, that is the work I am to do, too. Check this out:
John 6: 28-29 28 Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
Now, lest you think that our salvation hinges on fickle faith, I am going to reassure you that God is fully in control of even that:
Ephesians 2:8-9 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ok, so I went outside of John 1-6 on this one, but that’s in case you didn’t believe my about John 6:37, 44, and 65. If you have faith, God has granted you eternal life. That’s a really, really big deal.
How cool is that?
Father, I thank you for all that your bible has for us to learn. I am continually amazed how the same verses and chapters continue to reveal truth. Thank you! Amen.
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