John 17: 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

1 john 2: 25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, [even] eternal life

1 john 5: 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son

1 john 5: 20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, [even] in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life

One individual bless his soul tried to argue that eternal life had nothing to do with salvation.  Clearly his impression of eternal life was somewhat disjointed.

 There are a number of commonalities with all these verses.

    1. First He has given us (past tense) eternal life.
    2.  It was promised
    3. To have eternal life is to know God and Jesus Christ.

The word to “know,” in John 17: 3 is ginōskō and in the Strongs ( 1097) is carries these meanings

1) to learn to know, come to know, get a knowledge of perceive, feel

a) to become known

2) to know, understand, perceive, have knowledge of

a) to understand

b) to know

3) Jewish idiom for sexual intercourse between a man and a woman

4) to become acquainted with, to know

 Some comparisons with other Greek words from the Strongs concordance

See Definition for ginosko G 1097  (Currently Viewing) See Definition for eido  G1492  See Definition for epistamai  G1987  See Definition for suniemi  G4920

       G1097 – a knowledge grounded on personal experience

       G1492 – to see with the mind’s eye, signifies a clear and purely mental perception

       G1987 – a knowledge obtained by proximity to the thing known, cf. our understanding

       G4920 – implies a native insight, knowledge gained through the five senses

Now eternal life is coming into direct contact with God.  This is more than just an intellectual knowledge about God, but a direct knowledge that comes from God. It speaks of an intimacy that can only come from having a direct relationship with God. Now before we receive eternal life we are dead spiritually and to all extend alienated from that life.  Now when someone comes into a darken room and switches on the electricity, the lights come on, and all the electrical equipment begins to buzz.  What made the difference the electricity?  No the man who flicked the switch.  Suddenly that which was dead and lifeless suddenly comes to life. So when we are grafted into the source of all life which is God we become alive spiritually.  But this is more than a mere connection with a lifeless object this is being connected in fellowship and intimacy with the very source of creation.  The fundamentals of the gospel are that we who were dead are now made alive.  Suddenly we begin to have an understanding of eternal things.  We begin to marinate the nature of God into our being.  We begin to have an understanding of things which previously were impossible for us to grasp.  Suddenly we begin to have new desires and hopes and dreams.  Suddenly what once gripped us begins to fall away.  Those habits that once enslaved us begin to die and drop from our lives.  We really do begin to be new creations in God.  Over time we grow both in intimacy and knowledge of God.  Not as one who would gather information from a mere instruction manual but as one who is in direct contact with God.  The term fellowship becomes both real and intimate.  We grow in our desire to express our thanks in worship and communion with him.

We were once in darkness but when God switches that spiritual light ON , you very being becomes alive.  You slowly begin to understand things which previously simply did not make sense.

One man tried to argue that Obedience is a requirement of salvation, that somehow Faith plus works has to go together in order to achieve salvation. 

As I pointed out to him he has to work grovel strive and possibly endure purgatory  to earn his salvation.  Otherwise he has to work towards his goal, But the Christian because he has salvation works out from his salvation.  The fruit he bares is fruit that is produced by being in connection with the source of all life.  Fruit has no means of growing but must depend on the source he is attached to.  If you have to work to be grafted in then you cannot produce what that tree offers.

The same man tried to argue that the Christian has to feed on the Eucharist and thus eat Jesus physically in order to gain life .  But true life is way beyond that concept.

What we feast on is God himself.  We are drawing from his life blood.  His life courses through our being. His holiness and purity impacts upon our souls.  Ours minds begins to chew on his word.  We love his principles.  Jesus said his meat and drink was to do the will of the Father and we can truly say our meat is to do the will of our saviour.  His will become our meat and drink.   We are nourished every time we are in fellowship with him.  We grow and expand in intimacy as we grow to know him in all his fullness.  We begin to see things from his perspective.

2 Cor 3: 17- 18   Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord [is], there [is] liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord

As we look upon the one who saves us we are changed by his spirit into the same image.  Growing and maturing with the same glorious nature as Jesus. 

There are times that I feel that I am looking from the other side of eternity and looking back at what is a rerun of time.  From Gods own perspective.  Seeing although darkly the glory that will be seen.  There is a liberty and freedom that is as light as breathing air, and air almost intoxicating with the presence of the living God. 

Jesus used very simply teaching methods. 

The door, the way, the shepherd, the bread, the logos, the rock and water.

 That we might be able to grasp the spiritual dimension that all was centered on Jesus.    

John 10: 10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly

1 Peter 1: 8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [him] not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

Eternal life is not simply the duration of life, but a quality of life we will enter into.  Whilst we may only touch upon that life now, the fullness of that expression is fully expressed in a city with no need of a sun or a moon because God himself will dwell with his people.  He will be the light of that city.  We will live in the very presence of life joy and peace in all its fullness.  And best of all we will be able to give expression to the life we have received.

Or as the old expression says about having your socks blown off, well prepare to lose them.  The best is kept to last and no one is going to be disappointed.



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