Ask a man what "life" is, and he will probably have a different idea from that of the next man whom you ask. He may even say, "I do not know." The world sings the song, "Ah, sweet mystery of life." But believers turn to God's Word and say that it means knowing God and Jesus Christ Whom He has sent. This we read in John 17:3 where Jesus says, "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent."
He who does not know God does not have an everlasting life. He comes into the world spiritually dead. For, did not God tell Adam that the day he committed his first sin, he would die spiritually? Because he did sin, all earthly fathers bring forth children who are spiritually dead. These children have a physical life, but not one bit of spiritual life. Everlasting life comes from the eternal God, and only unto those whom He eternally chose in Christ.
Our God sent Christ to earn a life of heavenly bliss for us, an everlasting life of knowing God. This does not mean simply knowing about God. The devil knows that, and the minute men die they will know that there is one God, against Whom they sinned all their life. What Jesus means is that everlasting life is enjoying covenant fellowship with Him. That is life! That is what God promises us and what is realized for us through His Son. Everlasting life is enjoying the blessedness that God has realized for us through His Son.
Do you want to know God that way? Do you want to know Him as the true God Who keeps every word of His promises, and will give His people that everlasting joy of living with Him in holiness and glory? If that is your desire, you now have proof that He has begun giving you everlasting life already. And you are going to know it fully.
Read: John 17
Through the Bible in One Year
Ezekiel 35 ; Ezekiel 36:1-38
Quote for Reflection:
"Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be." --Thomas a' Kempis, Of the Imitation of Christ
- Date: 17-November