I don’t know what most people think when they hear the term “eternal life.” Perhaps they think of heaven, that wonderful paradise where we all end up when we die. That’s good, I suppose. That’s definitely part of it. But it misses the point, I think. It tells us where but not Whom.
The Whom, you see, is Jesus Christ, the One who gives us that life. I believe eternal life is less about the where and when and approximately all about Jesus. In fact, according to 1 John 5:20, Jesus = eternal life. Did you know that you can have eternal life right now? Yes, it’s true. Jesus died and rose again. He is alive right now, waiting to come back to a pure and spotless bride who loves Him with everything she has.
If you’re going to believe in Him, then get to know Him. Love God. A shallow “belief” is worthless. Just read John 8:31-59, and note verse 31. They were “believers,” but Jesus knew their hearts. If you are offended by His Word, check your heart. You may think you’re a good person, but if you don’t really know Him, you’ll be in for a shock when you enter eternity.
Eternal life is knowing God. There’s a reason why the first commandment is what it is (Duet. 6:5). Eternal life starts now.
“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols.”–1 John 5:20-21