Eternal Life–A Quality of Life

AWMI Devotional

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

[One of my most favorite verses of scripture is found in John 17 where Jesus defines the meaning of eternal life for us: “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.  And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.]

JOHN 3:1-21

Most people focus on the part of this verse that promises us we won’t perish. Although it’s certainly a wonderful promise, it is not the focus of this verse. The primary purpose of Jesus’ coming to this earth was not forgiveness of sins, but to give us eternal life.

Sin separated us from God so Jesus dealt with sin. However, His payment for sin was just a step toward His ultimate purpose of reconciling man to God. If someone believes that Jesus died for their sins but doesn’t go on to enter into the close fellowship with God that Jesus made available, then they are missing eternal life.

Eternal life is not a length of life, but rather a quality of life. Eternal life is intimacy with the Father and Jesus (Jn. 17:3). Many people have been done a disservice in being told that Jesus came to forgive us of our sins “period’. If it had been all that He did, it would have been wonderful–and much more than we deserved–but much less than what He actually accomplished.

Today, take full advantage of your salvation and go beyond the basic forgiveness of your sins into intimacy with Almighty God.

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13 thoughts on “Eternal Life–A Quality of Life”

  1. Well said! Eternity begins right now. I really like the saying, “Christ didn’t just die to get us into heaven, He died to get a bit of heaven into us.” Sometimes we focus too much on some distant place and that is where our faith lives too, way out in the distance. The only problem with that is that our quality of life in the here and now tends to suffer.

    1. I love that saying as well! Too many believers have this idea that ‘the abundant life’ is reserved for after a person dies.
      Paul tells us right now, in this very moment we’re seated with Him in heavenly places – mind boggling really. (Eph 2)
      I like whenever you mention that the kingdom of heaven is within us, around us.

      This is another great point- placing our faith in the distance. David Hogan has it drilled into me, Heb 11:1 Faith is NOW {He uses just those first 3 words for almost all his teachings: “NOW faith is”. When is faith: NOW]. I just need to let it fully fall from my head into my heart so I can live accordingly.

      Stay blessed!

    1. Thank you very much Bro. W. and welcome back! Trust you and the family are well rested.

      Thank God for the resurrection. What’s just as magnificent and almost incomprehensible is to know that the very power, the very Spirit (Holy Spirit) that raised Jesus Christ from the dead resides in every born again believer who asks for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit! How awesome is our God!

      Jesus: And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened… how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! Luke 11:9-13

      Continue in His blessings!

      1. Amen to the thanks for the resurrection. Simply the single most significant even in, the history of the world, and without it, nothing else matters. In my thoughts, anyway.

        Yes, we are rested. I am so not looking forward to returning to work. Blah.

        Thanks for the kind regards and be blessed my friend.

  2. Loved this one and the many insightful comments. Sandy & I have been sharing this same message for some time now, and it’s great to see it here, and at this most wonderful season. I add this comment to the rest from John 3:16: Christ died for those who would believe. Not a single drop of His precious blood was shed for naught. Not a single mark of the lash, or the bruising of the crown of thorns, or the desperate cries of a Son separated from His Father, was cast to the ground for unbelievers throughout the ages to trample upon. It was all for those who would believe (Rev.5:6-10, 13:8, 17:8 – NLT). God’s richest blessings to all of the family of God this Resurrection Day!

    1. Thanks so much for an equally insightful and Spirit-filled comment!
      Thanks greatly for the blessings as well, they’re very much appreciated! – I take all blessings spoken over me very seriously!

      You & Sandy continue in His abundant blessings as well! Thanks again for a great comment!

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