Life -- the Gift
Eternal Life is Gods kind of life. It is eternal because
He is eternal. Nothing will ever separate the believer in Christ from the One who loves
us. He gave us His free gift of eternal life the very moment we were born spiritually, and
it can never be lost (Jn. 3:15-16, 36; 6:47; 10:28). It is a life without end, and no one
can ever take it from you. There are no final boundaries to eternal life.
We enter into that life transforming vital union with Him when we
responded to His love and believed on Him (1 Jn. 5:11).
The beauty of this new life in Christ is that Christ has so joined
Himself to us that we are to go on receiving this life He gives in increasing abundance
throughout eternity. The Scriptures tell us that God has promised to
enlarge our spiritual capacities until the full life of the infinite
Christ is reproduced in us. We are gradually being conformed to His
image and likeness.
The life God gives us the moment we believe in Christ is the same
life that we will be living with Him in eternity. God has already
imparted to the believer in Christ the life of the age to come. Eternal life is
already a present blessing available to
everyone who submits to Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). The new life is life in the
Spirit, or in Christ. Jesus used metaphors to describe this new life He
gives (Jn. 4:14; 6:35-40; 11:25-26; 15:5, etc).
Eternal life or spiritual life is a state of regeneration and
fellowship with God (Jn. 3:15-16, 36; 5:24; 6:47). The relationship is eternal, not
Jesus defined it when he said, And this is eternal life, that
they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent (Jn.
17:3). It is knowing God and having fellowship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Eternal life is knowing the only true God personally through His Son.
It is having a personal intimate continuous relationship with Him through faith in Christ.
We do not earn eternal life; it is a free gift received when we admit we are sinners,
repent and believer in Christ alone.
The opposite of this life in Christ is to be dead in trespasses
and sins (Eph. 2:1). To be in the need of eternal life is to be in the state of
being unsaved, lost, and condemned. However, those who have eternal life are saved and
they have eternal assurance of this salvation (John 3:15-16, 18, 36; 5:24; 10:9, 28-30; 1
When do you take possession of eternal life? Eternal life, even for
the elect of God, is a gift which becomes yours when you exercise faith in Christ (Eph.
2:1, 5). It is identified with the new birth or regeneration. When we believe in Christ as
our Savior we receive this new life in Christ.
Therefore, eternal life is the work of the Holy Spirit at the moment
of faith in Christ (Jn. 3:3-7; Titus 3:5). It is to be identified with the life which is
in Christ (Jn. 5:21; 2 Cor. 5:17; 1 Jn. 5:12).
Eternal life is imparted to us as a new birth (Jn. 1:13; 3:3). It is
also described as a spiritual resurrection (Col. 3:1; Rom. 6:13; Jn. 5:25). Old
things have passed away; behold all things have become new (2 Cor. 5:17). Our new
life has a new nature. The very nature of eternal life and the new birth forbid the
reversal of the spiritual birth. You cannot become unborn spiritually because God performs
it. Once accomplished it continues for eternity. You cannot cease to be His child.
We receive a new supernatural life when we become children of God by
means of the new birth. The origination of the eternal life comes into the believer at the
moment of faith in Christ. In that moment there is an instantaneous change form a state of
spiritual death to a state of eternal spiritual life.
The apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:5, God has made us alive
together with Christ. The reception of eternal life is all together a supernatural
act of God in response to the faith of the individual.
How do you live this eternal life today? You live it in the power of
the Giver of life. I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who
live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by
faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me (Gal. 2:20). That
life in Christ is available to you in all its purity and strength if you will feed upon
Eternal life is given only to those who respond to His love and
grace. Have you believed on Him? Will you receive His free gift of life right now?
Because we were all dead in trespasses and sins, God sent Jesus
Christ to give us new life. Jesus bore the penalty of our sins on the tree. Your gift has
already been paid in full. This is why all you need to do is receive it by faith in
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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