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Everlasting Life In Christ Jesus

Oct 29, 2023 | Sunday Devotional

1 John 5:10-13  “He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 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.”

And also let’s read another passage

John 10:9-10  “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

In our text the Bible says that:

10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.   11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.   12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.   13 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.

In those words we may observe,

  1. The privilege and stability of the real Christian: He that believeth on the Son of God, hath been prevailed with unfeignedly to cleave to him for salvation, hath the witness in himself, v. 10. He hath not only the outward evidence that others have, but he hath in his own heart a testimony for Jesus Christ. He can allege what Christ and the truth of Christ have done for his soul and what he has seen and found in him. As, 1. He has deeply seen his sin, and guilt, and misery, and his abundant need of such a Saviour. 2. He has seen the excellency, beauty, and office of the Son of God, and the incomparable suitableness of such a Saviour to all his spiritual wants and sorrowful circumstances. 3. He sees and admires the wisdom and love of God in preparing and sending such a Saviour to deliver him from sin and hell, and to raise him to pardon, peace, and communion with God. 4. He has found and felt the power of the word and doctrine of Christ, wounding, humbling, healing, quickening, and comforting his soul. 5. He finds that the revelation of Christ, as it is the greatest discovery and demonstration of the love of God, so it is the most apt and powerful means of kindling, fomenting, and inflaming love to the holy blessed God. 6. He is born of God by the truth of Christ, as v. 1. He has a new heart and nature, a new love, disposition, and delight, and is not the man that formerly he was. 7. He finds yet such a conflict with himself, with sin, with the flesh, the world, and invisible wicked powers, as is described and provided for in the doctrine of Christ. 8. He finds such prospects and such strength afforded him by the faith of Christ, that he can despise and overcome the world, and travel on towards a better. 9. He finds what interest the Mediator has in heaven, by the audiency and prevalency of those prayers that are sent thither in his name, according to his will, and through his intercession. 10. He is begotten again to a lively hope, to a holy confidence in God, in his good-will and love, to a pleasant victory over terrors of conscience, dread of death and hell, to a comfortable prospect of life and immortality, being enriched with the earnest of the Spirit and sealed to the day of redemption. Such assurance has the gospel believer; he has a witness in himself. Christ is formed in him, and he is growing up to the fulness and perfection, or perfect image of Christ, in heaven.
  2. Christ was not the Son of God, when all that evidence relates to and terminates upon him, or that he sent his Son to deceive the world and to lead it into error and misery, or that he permits men to devise a religion which, in all the parts of it, is a pure, holy, heavenly, undefiled institution, and so worthy to be embraced by the reason of mankind, and yet is but a delusion and a lie, and then lends them his Spirit and power to recommend and obtrude it upon the world, which is to make God the Father, the author and abettor, of the lie.
  • The matter, the substance, or contents of all this divine testimony concerning Jesus Christ: And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son, v. 11. This is the sum of the gospel. This is the sum and epitome of the whole record given us by all the aforesaid six witnesses. 1. That God hath given to us eternal life. He has designed it for us in his eternal purpose. He has prepared all the means that are necessary to bring us to it. He has made it over to us by his covenant and promise. And he actually confers a right and title thereto on all who believe on and actually embrace the Son of God. Then, 2. This life is in the Son. The Son is life; eternal life in his own essence and person, Joh 1:4; 1Jn 1:2. He is eternal life to us, the spring of our spiritual and glorious life, Col. iii. 4. From him life is communicated to us, both here in heaven. And thereupon it must follow, (1.) He that hath the Son hath life, v. 12. He that is united to the Son is united to life. He who hath a title to the Son hath a title to life, to eternal life. Such honour hath the Father put upon the Son: such honour must we put upon him too. We must come and kiss the Son, and we shall have life. (2.) He that hath not the Son of God hath not life, v. 12. He continues under the condemnation of the law (John iii. 36); he refuses the Son, who is life itself, who is the procurer of life, and the way to it; he provokes God to deliver him over to endless death for making him a liar, since he believes not this record that God hath given concerning his Son.

the gospel, in the beginning and first-fruits of it within them, and in their Lord and head in heaven. These believers may come to know that they have eternal life, and should be quickened, encouraged, and comforted, in the prospect of it: and they should value the scriptures, which are so much written for their consolation and salvation. 2. For their confirmation and progress in their holy faith: And that you may believe on the name of the Son of God (v. 13), may go on believing. Believers must persevere, or they do nothing. To withdraw from believing on the name of the Son of God is to renounce eternal life, and draw back unto perdition. Therefore the evidences of religion and the advantage of faith are to be presented to believers, in order to hearten and encourage them to persevere to the end.

  1. Everything that surrounds us is temporal. None of it lasts (clothes, cars, toys, computers, iPhones, even our physical life doesn’t last).

– Most Christmas presents that are given this year will eventually end up in a garage sale, a thrift store, or the city dump.

– Garage sales are for old junk that we want to get rid of, that was once new stuff that we had to have. But now we need to get rid of it so we can make room for new junk.

  1. In a world where nothing lasts and things always change, it’s great to know that there are a few eternal (perpetual; never-ending) things that never change.

– God is eternal (Malachi 3:6). Jesus is eternal (Hebrews 13:8). The Holy Spirit is eternal (Hebrews 9:14). The Word of God is eternal. Psalm 119:89, 152

  1. Praise God, the eternal, triune God has made a promise in His eternal Word – the promise of eternal life (John 3:16). It is said to be a gift in Romans 6:23. What a gift!

– Here is the wonderful part: every person can receive the gift of eternal life!

  1. This is the subject here in our text. John is going to teach us why we can all receive the gift of eternal life.

Eternal life is a reality. vs. 11a

  1. John says, and this is the record This word “record” means “evidence; report; witness; testimony.”
  2. In other words, when it comes to this matter of eternal life, God has gone on record and promised it. He didn’t just promise it verbally, but rather He went as far as to put it in writing. Titus 1:2; 1 John 2:25; John 10:28, 11:26
  3. Either we believe that God can give life that will never end, or we believe that God is a liar. One or the other. vs. 10
  4. Many people think that this life is it. What you see is what you get. Live it up and die, because, once you die, that’s it. They are sadly mistaken. This life is simply preparation for eternity. What kind of preparing are we doing?

ï Are we living for now, or are we living with eternity in view?

ï If you knew that this next year would be your last here on earth, what would you change?

Eternal life is a gift. vs. 11b

  1. Notice, “God hath given to us eternal life.” It did not say that God traded us, or sold us, or rewarded us with eternal life. He gave it!
  2. One of the greatest deceptions Satan has going today is the concept of people trying to earn eternal life in heaven. It is the idea that you have to be good enough.
  3. Let’s look at what God’s Word says. Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 6:23; Titus 3:5

– Salvation from our sins and eternal life in heaven is a gift God wants to give.

– You cannot earn a gift. A gift must be received.

  1. How do we receive God’s gift of eternal life? God won’t swing His hand down and hand you a certificate that says Eternal Life. So how do you get it?

Eternal life is a Person. vs. 11, 12

  1. Where is eternal life located according to verse 11? In His Son.
  2. This is where you find it. So, if I have received Jesus Christ, then what have I received? Eternal life!
  3. That’s what verse 12 says. This is very easy to understand, isn’t it? Eternal life is Jesus. Romans 5:21
  4. When I trust Jesus, believing that He died on the cross for my sins, when I accept Christ as my Savior, I receive the gift of eternal life. He that hath the Son hath life.

– It didn’t say, He that belongs to the church has life, or He that was baptized has life.

– Forget about churchianity. Forget about religion. Forget about all the religious trickery and tomfoolery today. This is designed to keep you in bondage.

  1. The important issue is this: do you have Christ? Is He your Savior? Have you placed your total trust in Him and received Him as your only hope of eternal life?
  2. There is no other way. Eternal life is a Person. It is Jesus.

Eternal life is a choice. vs. 13a

  1. “Unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God.” Eternal life is a personal choice. You must choose to believe on Christ.

 

Abundant life or everlasting life as Jesus described it is the life of God Himself.

God places the new spiritual life within the individual the moment he responds to God’s grace and believes on Christ as his personal Savior.

That is the beginning of a new life for one who was spiritually dead in trespasses and sins.

Jesus said, “I am come that you may have life, and keep on having it in abundance” (John 10:10b). The abundant life is a growing thing. It is the increasingly abundant present life of the believer that is emphasized.

God plants His life in the person who hears the Word of God and believes. The born again believer increasingly enters into the experience of the new spiritual life by believing and yielding to Christ. It is like a spring of water that perpetually springs up in an abundant flow from resources deep within. The Christian is to live in an abundant way of life now.

Are you living in God’s abundance? You can be a Christian and miss the abundant life. God invites you to enter into it increasingly as you trust in Jesus to change your life daily.

This overflowing life is Christ living His life out in you as you make yourself available to Him and trust Him to new areas of spiritual growth.

As the believer yields to the Holy Spirit he realizes that God’s grace and power is sufficient for every genuine need in our lives. The life of abundance comes from this awareness that nothing can suppress God’s grace.

Salvation in Jesus Christ is not a fire insurance policy. It is life—God’s kind of life—given to everyone who believes on Christ. It begins in the moment of spiritual birth, or regeneration. We have the privilege of participating in the divine nature (2 Pet. 1:4). What began in the spiritual birth will go on forever. It is eternal and indestructible because God is. Instead of a static life, our new relationship with God is continually entering into that life that possesses all the qualities of God. Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned, he has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24).

If “eternal life” could be lost, renounced or taken away from us it would not be eternal. It would be as temporal as our physical life. It would not be the eternal life that God gives.

God is sovereign and He is eternal. Therefore, His gifts cannot be withdrawn. Since He has given us eternal life, that life is eternal life. We have confidence that we shall be glorified with our Lord.

Have you entered into that great love and provision of God? When you do your face will shine and your heart will be full of joy because of the indwelling of Christ.

If we will allow Him to lead us to the fullness of the Christian life we will find our table in His presence prepared, our heads anointed with His pure oil, and our cups overflowing with His wine of joy.

We will know God’s love and abundance not only for today, but for eternity.

The abundant life assures us that we can experience God’s blessings in this life and heaven, too. We can enter into the fullness of our great salvation today, and we will experience God’s goodness forever.

Philippians 4:19 says, “My God shall supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” The person who enters into this new, abundant life in Christ shall not lack any good thing.

Have you entered into the perfect peace of knowing that God is equal to every emergency and crisis you face? Have you experienced the fullness of His presence in you everyday life experiences? Do you allow Him to break in upon your awareness anytime He so chooses throughout the day?

The life He gives is overflowing in rising waves of a spiritual tide. It is like a river overflowing its banks in which nothing can suppress it. God’s favor toward us is unending because He gives a genuine unending supply.

May the Lord bless you and keep you now and forever Amen!!!

The Rev’d Engr Vincent Ifeanyi Nweke
Nike Diocese
nwekevincent38@gmail.com

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