Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
John 17:1-3 “These words spake Jesus, and lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify Thy Son, that Thy Son may also glorify Thee:
As Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him.
And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom Thou hast sent.”
Eternal life is a a condition of life now……it begins the moment we are born again…..and continues throughout our life….and onward throughout eternity, forever, with God.
It is a gift from the Eternal God to His people.
Deuteronomy 33:27 “The Eternal God is our refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and He shall thrust out the enemy from before thee and shall say, Destroy them.”
[It is interesting to note here, in this verse….there is the promise of His protection (our refuge),…..and care (underneath are His arms)…..but also the assurance that the victory shall come from Him (He shall thrust out)……yet, He calls for our personal cooperation, in our wills and by His Word. (destroy them)!]
And what does Eternal life bring to us, now?
1 John 5:11, 20 “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
And we know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding, that we know Him that is true, and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.”
First, eternal life gives us the knowledge that He is with us! We are in Him, and He is in us.
In eternal life, we have “understanding”:
Ephesians 1:18 “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.”
(How much we need this, in a world which blinds us with glitter; and calls us to do as it does. “Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” 1 John 5:21)
And in eternal life, we “know truth”:
John 1:17 “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” (When truth is faced, grace is given to us for it.)
John 7:17 “If any man will do His Will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of Myself.”
John 17:17 “Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy Word is truth.”
(The Truth, sanctifies all who receive it: It sets them aside to God, and His Way to go.)
And eternal life “purges” our conscience. His sacrifice cleanses us from our sin (in power, as well as legally, from punishment)……..but His life, gives us peace and power for the work ahead (1 John 3:19-21).
Hebrews 9:12-15 “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh. (Under the law)
How much more shall the blood of Christ, Who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
And for this cause He is the Mediator of the New Testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first Testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.”
This is a complicated section…for it contrasts the relief under the Law: which had to be repeated again and again……..and the cleansing under Christ, which is eternal, once for all.
But notice here, that three times, “eternal” is used to describe what Christ did for those that look to Him for redemption.
1. Eternal redemption (vrs. 12) by His own blood. We are eternally bought back from sin and death….we are HIs purchased possession….none can take us from His hand (John 10:28).
2. Who offered Himself through the Eternal Spirit (vrs.14). This speaks of His consent…continual consent, by His own will, in offering Himself to God as the Sin sacrifice.
He consented in the Everlasting Covenant to come and die for us….
He consented in the garden, when He said, “Not My will but Thine.”……
He consented before the men who took Him away (or they would not have been able to)….
and before the Sanhedrin, Pilate, and the beatings…..
And consented, even when the mob cried, “Crucify Him”….
He consented when they made Him carry the cross….and when they nailed Him to it….
He consented when the people around the cross mocked Him….and the thieves which were by Him….leading one to believe and be saved.
Yes, through His Eternal Spirit He offered Himself.
And it was He, the Son of God, Who said, “It is finished”……and He consented to all He had to do……till it was completely finished.
3. That they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance (vrs. 15). This eternal inheritance is a pardon from the guilt of our sin….and a cleansing of our minds, hearts, and wills from sin.
It also includes the Holy Spirit, and reconciliation and fellowship in life to God.
And it includes heaven, and the bliss that is to be found with God forever.
Eternal….the Lord never does things by halves. What He promises us, through His Son, He will do…..He is faithful.
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 “And the very God of Peace sanctify you wholly, and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Faithful is He that calleth you, Who also will do it.”
And His life…..His eternal life for us….this condition of our lives, now…and trough eternity……comes to us, as we look to Him, Who was lifted up for us,…..and believe.