Thursday, August 27, 2009

Eternal Life: You Can Be Sure

READ 1 John 5:13

In writing to the early church, the apostle John wanted to make something perfectly clear: God offers His children everlasting life. In Christ, men and women should have no fear of physical death. Their true lives—their eternal lives—are secure in Jesus.

First John 5:13 is a unique Scripture passage. In it, John plainly states his purpose for writing. The point of his entire ministry was to empower believers with the unshakable faith of eternal life in Christ.

The basis for this foundational truth lies in the unchanging promises of God. Over and over in his gospel and letters, the apostle declares God’s assurance of never-ending life. For example, he quotes Jesus’ promise of eternity in John 3:16, 6:37, and 10:27-30.

The unconditional love of God is another reason we can trust in eternal life. Our Heavenly Father loves us so much that He wants an everlasting, intimate relationship with each one of us. To accomplish this, He demonstrated His love in a remarkable way… by providing our salvation at a great price. (Romans 5:6-11; 8:33-39)

The finished work of Christ on the cross is another basis for belief in eternal life. By offering His life as a sacrifice on our behalf, Jesus provided the means of salvation once and for all. Our part is to accept the gift He so freely gives. (Hebrews 10:23-28)

Finally, the witness of God’s Spirit to our hearts should empower us with an unshakeable faith in everlasting life. Our Heavenly Father places His Holy Spirit within every believer to testify to the truth of our salvation. (Romans 8:15-17)

Scripture tells us we can have complete assurance of our salvation in Jesus Christ. Does your day-to-day life reflect this confidence?

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