John " Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.
Do you believe this? In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. Revelation " Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them.
They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.
John's Gospel is rich with references to eternal life. Nicodemus' questions about Jesus' ministry and teaching lead Jesus to speak of it It is a gift to all those who believe in the Son but will be withheld from all those who reject him Jesus likewise speaks of eternal life during his brief early ministry in Samaria.
He assures the woman at the well that trust in him will slake the thirst of her soul; she will receive "a spring of water welling up" within her "to eternal life" ; cf. In response to charges of Sabbath breaking in Jerusalem Jesus urges listeners to heed his message and trust God; to do so is to have "eternal life. In the present it means a crossing over "from death to life" Eternal life is available through study of the Scriptures as they relate to Jesus Christ Jesus urges a crowd by Galilee's shores not to "work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you God wills that "everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life.
Jesus' difficult statement that everyone "who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life" is a summons for sinners to make the Father's will their meat and drink, by trusting in the Son, just as the Son made the Father's will his own daily fare The Christocentric nature of eternal life is underscored by Jesus' own words in prayer on the night he was betrayed.
First, he reminds the heavenly Father that he gave the Son "authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him" Next he furnishes a succinct description of what eternal life involves: "Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent" Eternal life as presented in John's Gospel forms a solid core within apostolic preaching and teaching in the decades subsequent to Jesus' death and resurrection.
Predictably, it receives repeated mention in John's own longest extant epistle 1 John ; ; ; 1 John 1 John 1 John Both Paul and Luke speak of it, too, in connection with Paul's first missionary journey Acts Acts In Paul's earliest extant epistle he avows that whoever "sows to please the Spirit" will also "reap eternal life from the Spirit" Gal The Epistle to the Romans reveals that God grants eternal life "to those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor, and immortality" Yet eternal life is won not by human effort but by divine self-sacrifice as Christ undoes the woe that Adam's fall helped unleash on the human race Through Christ grace reigns "through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" ; cf.
John John Far from treating eternal life as a rudimentary or unimportant matter, in Paul's last extant letter he is still extolling its glories. Here, as elsewhere in Paul, "hope" denotes a sure, if not yet fully realized, reality Rom Paul, originally the arch-enemy of Christ, tells Timothy that his conversion serves "as an example for those who would believe on [Christ] and receive eternal life" 1 Tim He exhorts Timothy "to take hold of the eternal life" to which he was called 1 Tim It may have been in the same general span of time late in the apostolic era that Jude encouraged his readers, "Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life" Jude If in Jude eternal life seems to be a future possession, many other references speak of it as a present reality.
Which is it? The answer seems to be both. We can only come to unity as we talk about this issue with one another in love. So having said all of that, let me state my position. I believe the Bible teaches eternal security. I believe that once a person has eternal life, they always have eternal life. For the rest of our time tonight, let me explain why I believe in Eternal Security.
Eleven reasons why. First of all, I believe in eternal security because the Bible teaches it. But at least we both agree that we must begin with the Bible rather than our own emotions, experiences, or theological system. Most people seem to make a decision about eternal security based on their experiences.
For example, somebody becomes a Christian, but then they go and gossip about you around town, and divorces their spouse, abuses their children and gets arrested for dealing drugs.
He must have never been a Christian in the first place, or maybe He had eternal life, but he lost it, but one thing is for sure, there is no way that person will be in heaven.
But then there are those on the other side of the spectrum. They believe in eternal security because it is comforting to them. A son made a decision for Christ when he was six years old, but then in high school got involved in drugs and drinking, and died one night in a car accident.
But here is the warning. We must not, we dare not, base our decision about eternal security on our own experiences or people we know who have claimed to be Christians but have not lived like Christ. We must not make a decision based on a worry that people will live in sin if eternal security is true.
We must not make a decision based on our hope that we can still go to heaven even when we purposefully and blatantly rebel against God. If we are going to make a decision about eternal security, we must base that decision on what the Bible says and nothing else. And of course, that is the challenge. What does the Bible say? Both sides have lots of verses which seem to defend their position, but only one side can be Biblically correct. And the goal is to determine, through proper Bible study methods and a careful analysis of the pertinent passages, what exactly the Bible teaches.
One of the basic things we must understand is that eternal security does not depend on us, but on God. It is He who makes promises to us, not we who make promises to Him. I think that much of the confusion about the security of eternal life comes from this simple misunderstanding. God knows that we are weak, that we are sinners, that we break our promises. And so how thankful we can be that He never, not once in all of Scripture, tells us that in order to receive eternal life, we have to promise Him certain things or a certain level of obedience.
No matter how small the promise, we could never keep it. When we know that we have believed in Jesus for eternal life, and yet we doubt whether or not we have it, we are doubting God and the promises He has made 2 Tim. The promise of God — who never lies, and who never breaks a promises — is based not on our faithfulness, but on the faithfulness of Christ — who is always faithful.
And what does he promise? He promises everlasting life to those who will believe in Him for it. Which brings us to the third reason I believe in Eternal Security. I do not see how people who believe that we can lose eternal life can speak of it as everlasting or eternal life. Earl Radmacher likes to say that if everlasting life can be lost, it has the wrong name. It should be called temporary life, or life until you sin.
But God calls it eternal life and everlasting life. And everlasting life is just that — it is everlasting.
Those who reject eternal security say that it is everlasting as long as we obey. We have eternal life if we continue to believe. But that is not everlasting life. This brings us to my fourth conviction about eternal security. We have already seen how everywhere in the Bible, 99 times in the book of John alone, the single and only condition for receiving eternal life is believing in Jesus Christ for it.
Faith alone in Christ alone. Never does the Bible teach that to get eternal life, or to keep eternal life, or to prove that we have eternal life, we must perform good works. If eternal life is not forever, it cannot be through faith alone.
If eternal life can be lost, or if simple faith in Christ is not enough, works have been added somewhere into the equation. But fifthly, works play no role whatsoever in getting us to heaven. And nowhere do we ever read that we must have good works in order to get into heaven. How do you get to heaven? You believe in Jesus.
Now, this does not mean that works are unimportant, or that works are not vital. The Bible talks a lot about the place of works in the life of the Christian, but we must keep them in their proper place. We must understand that works do a lot for the Christian, both now and for eternity, but one thing works do not do is help us get into heaven. Entrance into heaven is based on one condition alone — and that is faith alone in Christ alone. The reason for this is because Jesus Christ died for all of our sins.
The ones in our past, the ones in our present, and even the ones that are yet future. The Bible tells us that Jesus is constantly interceding for us before God. And that one. And, yes, that one too. But some people who reject eternal security teach that he only died for the sins that were prior to us believing in Jesus.
So if we committed a thousand sins, and then believed in Jesus for eternal life, Jesus died for all of those sins. But we better be careful, because if we sin again, Jesus will take eternal life away from us. But does this make any sense? When Christ died for our sin, how many of them were future to him? All of them. When Christ died for our sins, he died for all of our sins. Look at it another way.
You believe that He paid the entire penalty for your sin. But then a few hours, or days later, you sin. You lie to your spouse. You gossip. You get drunk. If that sin causes you to become guilty again, then that is a sin that Jesus did not die for. And if he did not die for it, then there is no hope for you. Jesus is not going to die again to take care of that sin. This ultimately is what it all boils down to — the grace of God. Do we deserve it or not? Is it earned or not? Is it limited or not?
Is it infinite or not? Paul explains to us in Romans 5 that if God, by His grace, can save us while we were yet sinners, it is a simple thing for Him to keep us when we are justified and righteous in His eyes Paul says the same thing over in Galatians The foundation of eternal security is an understanding of the matchless grace of God. Grace, by definition, is a free gift that cannot be earned. And once we have received the grace of God freely, He is not going to take it away from us because of something we do or fail to do.
And that brings us to the next point. Just as God will not remove his grace from us, there are certain other things about conversion that can never be removed from us, or repeated in us. Share Tweet Save.
Psalm Chapter Parallel Compare. But my anguish increased; 3 my heart grew hot within me. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure. My hope is in you. Proverbs Through relationship with the one who is himself life, man too comes alive.
If eternal life is communion with God in Christ, it is not simply a destination to reach after death. It is the anchor of our very existence, and as such it transcends death:. Accented this way, eternal life is not just a distant goal to be reached by accumulating good deeds or by carrying our crosses, as important and necessary as these are. Rather it becomes our source of joy in the present moment because we know Christ, who promises that if we see Him, no one will take our joy from us.
John Rational arguments and instructions have a place in this great movement, but a Christian life well lived is the ultimate weapon. And how can we not be joyful at the realization that true life, eternal life, is already within us through our relationship with Christ?
But awareness that our eternal life has already begun is the daily bread that animates our souls, strengthens us through trials, and brings us true joy that not even death can take away.Mar 19, · Eternal life is a term that Christians leisurely toss around like a Frisbee at the church picnic. But what does it mean? This is obviously an important question to answer. It is in fact one of the main implications of the gospel itself. Consider the famous words of John 3: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.