And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. (John 17:3)
These are some powerful words from the lips of Jesus himself. He is telling us that eternal life is in knowing God. Eternal life is our inclusion into fellowship with God himself in all his glory. The family of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, wow! These are some of the most amazing thoughts any human being can have don’t you think?
How does one become a member of this family? If we look in the 1st chapter of the Gospel of John we will find it starts by receiving the seed of God, which is Christ. “As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” This only takes place by being born of God by way of his seed being received into the human being, sort of a womb, if you will. We humans were created for this birthing process to take place in us and through us. God’s plan all along was to have many sons (Rom. 8:29, Heb. 2:10-11).
“Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God… Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:1-2). This comes straight out of the Bible and somehow we just don’t get it. God’s plan is so much bigger than we can imagine. Peter tells us we are “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4). “The Father of Jesus Christ, our God has begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3). “We have been born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever” (1 Peter 1:23).
Now it isn’t enough to just be sons of God we are to be obedient sons of God. Once God has planted his seed within us he then begins the process of maturing us. Jesus himself “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him” (Hebrews 5:8-9). Suffering is apparently the way we become mature, or perfect, sons of God. With this in mind we may find new ways of dealing with our suffering. We may start to see it as the chosen process by which we grow up into him which is the head. I have found it to be so much more acceptable to suffer if I see it as my loving Father’s training rather than an enemy getting the upper hand on me.
Back to eternal life. Eternal life then is God’s seed, Jesus Christ, being received into the human vessel. He then begins the process of maturing the human and transforming him into a full grown son with all the inheritance already available for him to step into his divine roll. The Father and Son have opened the way for us to come into fellowship with the one and only God. Eternal life is found in that fellowship. We become a legitimate heir of God himself when we by faith simply receive what he has for us and that is only found in Jesus Christ himself. God wants a house full of children and Jesus is the firstborn among many brethren. Even the angels desire to look into these things (1 Peter 1:12). Now that’s exciting!
All scripture references are KJV
Written by Louie