“And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” Matthew 19:16
Like the fellow in the above scripture, many are still unsure of how to access eternal life. As a matter of fact, many do not even understand the true meaning of eternal life. Then on the other hand, so many are deluded on when we have access to this eternal life, the Lord Jesus came to give.
So this article scripturally reveals the meaning of eternal life. When we receive this eternal or everlasting life. And finally, how to access this eternal life in Christ Jesus…
What Does Eternal Life Mean?
The most reliable definition of eternal or everlasting life is the one given by the Lord Jesus Christ. Here is the Lord’s definition of eternal life:
“As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent” –John 17:2-3
From this scripture above, the Lord says the Father has given him power over all flesh; to give eternal life to as many as are given to him. Then after saying that, he defines eternal life to mean: The knowledge of the true God and Jesus Christ, whom he sent.
From the Lord’s words, we can authoritatively define eternal or everlasting life as: “The Revelational or Relational knowledge of God and Jesus Christ”. In other words, eternal life is the quality of life that comes along with a relational knowledge of God and Jesus Christ.
Eternal life is not just about perpetual life. Because according to scriptures, every human’s life is perpetual. If an evil man dies in his sin, he continues his life in hell forever. In other words, he perishes forever…
… While if a just man dies, he continues his life in paradise or heaven. That is, he inherits eternal life forever, and escapes eternal condemnation or second death.
So according to the scriptures, eternal or everlasting life, does not refer to just a perpetuating or continuing life. Rather, it refers to eternal or heavenly standard (quality) of life; by the reason of relational or revelational knowledge of God.
What Is In This Eternal Life?
We can find
out what is in this eternal life the Lord talks so much about in 2 Peter 1:2-3.
Here is what Peter says;
“Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and Jesus our Lord, according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue”
As we can see from the above scripture, this eternal life we receive through the knowledge of God and Jesus Christ, gives us access to: multiplied grace and peace. This eternal life in Christ Jesus, gives us access to all things that pertain to life and godliness…
And these include: Wisdom, riches, strength, power, honour, glory and blessing (See revelation 5:12). So eternal or everlasting life in Christ Jesus, is a divinely sufficient life. It is a life of heavenly euphoria, utopia and bliss. Eternal life is a life of full provision by God.
So When Do We Access This Eternal Life?
So many Christians believe the eternal or everlasting life the Lord Jesus came to give, is only accessible after death. But from scriptures, it is very clear that eternal life is accessible to believers; both in this life and in the world to come.
Concerning eternal life, here is what John says; “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God”—1John 5: 13
In this scripture above, John says anyone who believes on the name of the Son of God has eternal life. He doesn’t say, we will have eternal life. He says we already have eternal life. So if you believe on the name of the Son of God—Jesus Christ— you already have eternal life…
And if you believe on him till death, you’ll continue living this eternal standard of life in the paradise of God forever.
How to Access Eternal Life
Listed below are the scriptural keys for accessing eternal life in Christ Jesus; both here and hereafter:
- Faith In Christ Jesus: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”—John 3:16
From this popular scripture, we see clearly that faith in Christ Jesus gives us instant access to everlasting or eternal life. So to access eternal life, you must receive Jesus into your heart by faith.
- The Communion: “Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day”—John 6:54.
The Lord says here, that anyone who eats his flesh and drinks his blood has eternal life. And that he will raise that person up at the last day. So to continually access and enjoy eternal life; here and hereafter, you must be taking the communion of Christ often.
- Self Denial: “And Jesus answered and said, verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life”—Mark 10: 29-30
As we can see in this scripture here, the Lord says anyone who leaves everything to follow him, will have multiplied supplies here in this life. And in the world to come, the person will also inherit eternal life.
So if you must access and enjoy eternal life, you must deny yourself, carry your cross and follow Jesus.
- Obedience to God’s Commandments: “And behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments”—Matthew 19:16-17
In this scripture above, as this fellow asked the Lord how to have eternal life, the Lord simply replied to him: that the way to eternal life is keeping the commandments of God. So if you too must have eternal life, you must keep God’s commandments.
In John 8:52, the Lord says; If a man keeps his sayings, he shall never taste death.
So we’ve scripturally seen the true meaning of eternal life. We’ve also seen what is obtainable in the eternal life Jesus Christ came to give to us. Then finally; we have seen the scriptural access keys to this eternal life the Lord brought to us.
If you’re already a believer in Christ Jesus, begin to walk in the consciousness that you already have eternal life. You are not going to have everlasting life, you already have everlasting life.
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