ETERNAL LIFE (Part 1)
| For as the father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the son to have life in himself.
John 5: 26
And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his son. He that hath the son hath life; and he that hath not the son hath not life.
1 John 5: 11, 12
Eternal Life means more than going to heaven; it is more than flying away in rapture. There is a difference between eternity and Eternal Life. Eternity means world without end. It is the world without time. It is the world after death. Every created being whether Christian or not will end up in eternity. There are two places in eternity: Heaven and Hell. The Bible clearly informs us that those who possess Eternal Life will go to heaven and will return to earth with Christ after tribulation for the millennial reign, and those who do not possess it will end up in the lake of fire.
Eternal Life is the greatest gift ever given to man, but the unfortunate reality however is that many Christians have failed to comprehend, appreciate and value this gift God has given to us. This Life which cannot be bought is what makes us different from the world, and the only thing we possess that the world cannot have.
The Life God possesses in heaven is the very Life which He has imparted to us here on earth. Just as God gave Jesus His son this Life without measure so as He given us His children in the same quality and measure. No wonder Jesus called it Abundant Life.
Christianity is not about 10 keys to breakthrough, or 7 keys to sound health and 4 keys to successful marriage. As important as these things are, they are not what defines a true Christian. The truth is that you can have material success, sound health and a great marriage without being a Christian. I am certain that we all know good people who have become honestly wealthy by sheer hard work and determination alone who are not Christians. They are in good health, are law abiding, have rock solid marriages, do not have substance abuse issues and their kids are doing well in school – they appear successful all around. If anything, this tells us that one can be successful without necessarily being a Christian.
Sadly, what do we see and hear in the present day Church? The messages that are coming from our pulpit all appear to be the same, inviting the world to Church in order to become prosperous, to have a blissful marriage or to have sound health. Since when did these things become the basis of Christianity? If Christianity has been equated to financial breakthrough, prosperity and health alone, what then shall we offer the people who do not have need of these things? Apostle Peter rightly responded to Jesus with these words when He asked them, if they would go back and stop following Him when other disciples left.
“…..Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.”