Eternal Life—What Is It Really?
Some people would say, “Eternal life is living forever in heaven versus living forever in hell.”
However, eternal life is just what Jesus said in John 17:3—to know God and Jesus Christ. It’s more than an intellectual knowledge. This word “know” is used throughout Scripture to describe the most intimate, personal relationship you can have.
Living forever in heaven, as great as that will be, is not the real purpose of salvation. The real purpose of salvation is to have intimacy—a personal relationship with God. There are so many people who’ve cried out to God for their sins to be forgiven without having intimacy with God anywhere on their radar.
By not explaining the real purpose of salvation, we do a great disservice to the Gospel. When we present salvation as something that only deals with spiritual things only benefiting us in eternity, we’re not helping people.
Some people are living in a literal hell right here and now. Many are depressed, living in poverty, dealing with strife, rejection, hurt, and failed marriages. They are just trying to survive from day to day. When we make salvation something that deals only with the future, many put off that decision because they’re too busy just trying to keep their heads above water.
Jesus not only came to affect our eternal destinies so we can live forever in heaven, but He also came to deliver us from this present evil world (Gal. 1:4). Jesus came to give you intimacy and a personal relationship with the Father—today.
Jesus loves you and wants to know you personally and intimately. He wants to give you a quality of life that is greater than anything you could ever even imagine!