Some re-worked thoughts from 2010 . . .
There’s at least a couple of ways that you learn stuff from Scriptures. One way is to kind of “glean” truths. For example, I was reading in Revelation 7 this morning about those who are saved out of the tribulation and what they do in heaven, and from that I can make some observations and draw some conclusions about what heaven must be like.
The other way to learn stuff, of course, is to be told straight up. No need to infer or deduce. It’s just laid out there like a simple equation, A=B. Some might call it “low hanging fruit.” But, when it comes to the things of God, low hanging fruit can take you to high and lofty places and set your soul to soaring. Like how I’m doing eternal life right now!
“And this is eternal life, that they know You the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” ~ Jesus (John 17:3 ESV)
How’s that for a simple and straight forward definition?
“I’ll take hard to grasp truths for 800, Alex.”
“Ok, the answer is, ‘To know the Father, the only true God, and the Jesus Christ whom He has sent.’ “
“What is, ‘Eternal life?'”
“Yes! You nailed it!”
Not to be trite. And not to oversimplify. After all, what it means to “know God” is a volume of teaching in and of itself. But the point is, the essence of eternal life is to enter into a relational understanding of the God of creation through His Son. Knowing God is doing eternal life.
Jesus removed the barrier to knowing God through His work on the cross. The penalty of sin having been paid, the power of sin having been broken, the way has been open for man to commune with God just as was intended from the beginning.
Communion with God, that’s eternal life. To interact with Him. To grasp, in some measure, His thoughts. To become familiar, to some degree, with the things that please Him and displease Him. To hear His voice through His word by His Spirit. To know that He hears our voice through prayer. All this is what makes eternal life, eternal life.
Eternal life isn’t something that starts when I get to heaven. If, through faith in the finished work of the cross I am now abiding in Christ, knowing the Father through the Son, then I’m doing eternal life right now!
Will things be clearer in that day when I’m “face to face?” For sure. But have I been given everything I need to participate in the divine nature and know the deep things of God now? Absolutely! Check out 2Peter 1:3-4 and 1Corinthians 2:16.
I’m just wasting time if I’m waiting for a future day to start experiencing eternal life. I’m missing some quality one-on-One time if I’m not pursuing a deeper relationship with God now.
Every morning, as I get ready for the day, it’s an opportunity to renew a desire to “do eternal life.” To determine, by His enabling, to know Him more. To pause to remember His abiding presence. To converse with Him throughout the day through the Spirit which speaks into heaven’s portal on my behalf. To recognize those moments when I’m enjoying fellowship with Him “in the cool of the day.”
Eternal life. Doing it right now.
By His grace . . . for His glory . . .