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Now this is Eternal Life
May 23, 2012
Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent (Jn. 17:3)."

I hear much debate over whether a person will inherit eternal life or not as if there were some ambiguity about the subject.  The discussion about whether a person will spend eternity in Heaven or eternity in Hell is really off subject; in fact it really misses the point entirely.  The point of salvation isn’t that we would spend eternity in Heaven; it’s that we would be in relationship with the One who created us.  This relationship is defined by God as one of obedience, repentance and love – no one can alter these eternal principles that God Himself has put in place.  The conversation really needs to be centered around the point of life; relationship with the Creator.  When this is the topic it makes perfect sense that someone in relationship with the Creator would continue on in that relationship perpetually (because time does not limit the one who created time).  And with this proper perspective it also makes sense that if a person is not in relationship with God then they would continue on in that state indefinitely when they pass from this life.  Again, this relationship is defined by God as obedience to Him (Jn. 14:21-24), ownership and repentance of wrongdoing (1Jn. 1:6-10) and our love for Him expressed in the way we live for Him (Mt. 22:37-38).  No one can alter these eternal principles.  It is to this end therefore that we live; let us all seek to know Jesus Christ and thus be assured of our calling and salvation (2Pe. 1:10-11).

Brad Stroup

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