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15. Eternal Life

Jesus' Gift

Infinity SignSaint John speaks about the person of Jesus whom he knew for many years as Savior and served until his death at a great old age as a prisoner on the Isle of Patmos. He writes of Jesus in John 1.4, "In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind." Jesus himself bears the key to the fullness of eternal life. The great verse in John 3.16, also known as the "Gospel in a Nutshell," affirms, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." So eternal life is available to all who believe in and follow Jesus Christ.

Apostles Creed

Saint John writes about the eternal life that Jesus gives to a Christian that continues in life after death. In 1 John 5.11-13, John tells us, "And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life." The Apostles Creed, an early statement of Christian belief, sometimes called "The Symbol of the Apostles," repeats this same sentiment when it says, "I believe in the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting." A letter in 390 AD in Milan contains the first mention of the Apostles Creed, but it is of undoubted earlier origins. The twelve Apostles in the Fourth Century composed each of the twelve articles of the faith. The Apostles Creed is an agreed-upon statement of faith by the Apostles of the Early Church and is also designed in part to rebuff certain sects teaching another Gospel. It is not intended as a complete statement of faith as there are no references in it to the Trinity, to the divinity of Jesus or baptism. These come later in other creedal statements from other Church Councils. Saint John adds by way of encouragement in 1 John 5.14-15, "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him." Each of us can approach God with confidence and ask for eternal life!✞

Jesus Sacrificial Death

CreationIn Jesus' sacrificial death is the route to eternal life and in our death promotion into eternal life. Saint John, known during his lifetime as "the disciple whom Jesus loved," writes in his Epistle in 1 John 5.16-20, "If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray, and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that. All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death. We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. We know that we are children of God and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. We also know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life." John writes of Jesus in John 1.3, "Through him, all things were made, without him, nothing was made that has been made."

Physical Body

Bread and WineJesus shows the same emotions and physical needs as any other human being. He eats with his friends in Matthew 26.26, "While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, 'Take and eat; this is my body.'" Jesus' physical body and blood are to have spiritual values when sacrificed on the Cross in the same way as the sacrificial lamb in the Temple, or Tabernacle in the Old Covenant bears the sins of the people. The bread and wine are to become the physical reminders of the spiritual consequences of Jesus' sacrificial death. 1 John 1.1-4 contains the disciples' confession that they know Jesus as a man with a physical body. It reads, "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched — this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete."

"Eternal Life"
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by Ron Meacock

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