What is Eternal Life?
That’s the most important question you will ever ask. The answer can be given in 4 simple truths…
1. Remember God loves you
The Gospel of John in the Bible says, “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.” (John 3:16). You are part of that world. He loves you and wants to give you eternal life. But there is a problem…
2. Recognize your need
Sin separates us from God. The word sin in the Bible means to miss the mark. Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” we have all missed the mark: We have broken God’s law and thus there is a sin problem between us and God. God’s law declares that the penalty of sin is death–eternal separation from God in a place called hell. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23). All of us, sinners, have earned this death sentence; you cannot escape this sentence on your own…
3. Realize that Christ has met this need
There is good news, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, paid the full penalty for sin on the Cross. Remember, God loves you. Romans 5:8 tells us, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
His death satisfied the penalty for sin–He paid in full, the price for sin. His resurrection guarantees eternal life. In John 11:25
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live”: Now the decision is up to you…
4. Rely on Christ for salvation
God asks you to trust in Christ alone as your only way to heaven. In one of the simplest verses of the Bible, Jesus Christ says; “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life”. (John 6:47). The word believeth means to trust continuously in, rely always on. So that leaves one question…
Do you believe?
Have you relied on Christ for salvation or have you been trying to get to heaven by your own ability?
If you have not trusted Christ to get you to heaven, why not do it now?
Providing you eternal life cost God everything? He punished His Son in your place, but receiving eternal life costs you nothing. Because of what Christ did on the Cross, God now offers you this free gift if you will simply trust His Son to save you.
You might like to express your faith to God like this:
Father God, I come to you now in the name of your son Jesus Christ. I know I am a sinner. Nothing I will ever do can get me to heaven. But I believe Jesus Christ died for my sins. Right now, I put my trust in Him alone as my only way to heaven. Thank you for the free gift of eternal life. In Jesus name I ask, Amen.
What happens now?
If you have trusted Christ, you have eternal life. God guarantees it in His Word:
“And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” 1 John 5:11-13