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What Does Eternal Life Mean?
Eternal life is intimately connected to life with God. Jesus said, “I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). This is not something we attain by obedience, but instead is a gift of God (Romans 6:23).
When you receive new birth through faith (John 3:3), you have this new life. “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” (1 John 5:12). The Bible speaks of eternal life as a present reality. “He that believeth on me hath everlasting life” (John 6:47).
The new life believers enjoy through a restored relationship with God is just a foretaste of what awaits us (2 Corinthians 5:5). For this reason, Christians often equate eternal life with heaven, when we shall live eternally with God. Any life outside of God’s presence could only be described biblically as hell.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Study Eternal Life in the Scriptures
1 John 5:12
2 Corinthians 5:5
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