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The Promise Of Eternal Life.

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Here is the wonderful writing of Bob Hoekstra on Eternal Life that blessed my heart and thought you all might be blessed as well....

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And this is the promise that He has promised us — eternal life . . . And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. (1John 2:25 and 1John 5:11)
We previously referred to the promise of eternal life as "the promise of all promises" (regarding its impact upon man). Thus, we will give it additional attention. We saw that eternal life (everlasting life) has both a quantitative aspect (lasting forever) and a qualitative aspect (growing in fullness). Also, eternal life is a gift of God's grace, which is received in humble faith. There are other distinctives of eternal life that are very edifying to contemplate.
The gift of eternal life is to be possessed now, not just awaiting us in eternity. "He who believes in the Son has everlasting life . . . Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life . . . Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life" (John 3:36; John 5:24; John 6:47). Those who have placed their faith in the Lord Jesus already have eternal life here on earth. Furthermore, that reality can be embraced with assurance. "And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, 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. 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, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God" (1John 5:11-13). Eternal life is innate to Jesus Christ. "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live . . . I am the way, the truth, and the life" (John 11:25; John 14:6). He is the life. All who have trusted in the Lord Jesus have Him dwelling in their lives. Therefore, they are assured of having eternal life.
In addition to granting us assurance, these verses emphasize the most profound aspect of eternal life. The realities of that life are all related to Jesus. "I am the resurrection and the life . . . I am the way, the truth, and the life . . . God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son" (John 11:25; John 14:6). In order to grow on that life, one must only pursue a growing relationship with the one who has the life. "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent . . . but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (John 17:3 and 2Peter 3:18).

Dear Lord, I rejoice that Christ dwells within my life. Therefore, with full assurance I know that eternal life is my present possession. Now, I desire to grow in the fullness of that life, so I set my heart to know You better. Please reveal Yourself to me more and more through Your holy word, Amen.

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Those who have placed their faith in the Lord Jesus already have eternal life here on earth.
If we actually acted like we believe this we would change the world.
All fear of death would be gone because we would realize that we are not a body but are just experiencing a body.
Your real body is the body of Christ and we are "one" in him just like the cells in our temporary body are one with the temporary body.

Something to ponder:
Experiments have revealed that the cells in our body act as though they don't know they are part of a bigger body just like most of us don't realize we are part of a bigger body.
When we started this temporary life we had to develop the senses we would need to navigate our worldly environment.
When we are less than 3 months old we don't know what "other" means but when an infant learns how to play peek-a-boo they have leaned the concept of "other".So when a newborn looks at you he sees himself because there is no other.
Have you ever felt God is playing peek-a-boo with you?.
 
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I wonder if the people in Matt 7:21; and the five foolish virgins in Matt 25 felt that way?
I wonder if Judas, Ananias and Sapphira felt that way?
I had always assumed that those examples where object lessons of the results of disbelief.
But I could be missing something.
The apostles who did change the world is what I wonder about.

In the garden of Gethsemane Jesus prayed to the father and said that those he was given received his word and believed on him.
Of course they ran away out of fear,Peter denied Christ and they were more than a little surprised by his resurrection.
Even when told by the women that she talked with him they seemed to disbelieve her.
Peter was not convinced until he saw the empty tomb.
They did not seem to change the world until they received the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said they believed but logic dictates that they did not believe yet.

So I ask myself,should I believe logic or Jesus.
 

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