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Eternal Life

Michael Pickford

In 1 John 5:11, John wrote, “And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life...” Notice three things he tells us about eternal life in 1 John 5:11-13...

The Availability of Eternal Life

John wrote in verse 11, “God has given us eternal life.” God, by sending His Son to the world to suffer and die on the cross, has made available eternal life to the entire world. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” 1 John 2:2 tells us that Christ is the propitiation, ,not only for our sins, but also for the whole world. God gave His son for the world, and Christ died for the world. This makes salvation available and attainable for everyone. It matters not how sinful one has been, if he will come to Jesus with belief in his heart and obedience in his actions, he will obtain eternal life John spoke of the availability of eternal life, he also spoke of...

The Attainment of Eternal Life

Verses 11 and 12 say, “...and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life. He who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” Christ died to make available eternal life to everyone, but there is something one must do in order to attain this life. He must get into Christ. Throughout the Bible, God seems to have always placed His blessing in something. Salvation for Noah was found in the Ark. Salvation for the children of Israel when God killed the firstborn was in the house. Salvation for the one who accidentally killed someone was found within a city of refuge. And salvation from our eternal souls is found in Jesus (2 Timothy 2:10). Paul tells us how to get into Christ, “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:27). Have you been baptized into Christ for the remission of your sins, (Acts 2:38; 1 Peter 3:21). John spoke of the availability of eternal life, and the attainment of eternal life, but also...

The Assurance of Eternal Life

Verse 13 says, “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life...” We can know, right now, that we will go to heaven when we die. We don’t have to live life wallowing around in spiritual limbo wondering whether or not we will make it to heaven should we die. We can know! John tells us here how we may know in the rest of verse 13, “and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” Obey the gospel, remain faithful to the Lord, and you can live your life with that blessed assurance that you will go to heaven when you die.

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