Eternal life is our reward for Jesus’ sufferings. It’s a gift, really. We didn’t do anything to earn it, but there it is for us for free. It’s eternal; there is no limit or end to it. It’s life, because God is involved. He is the creator, restorer and perpetuator of life. To be separate from Him is death.
Once we have been born again into this new life, this eternal life, then our perspective should be completely different from the world’s. Instead of seeing a world cursed with death, we see the fields ripe for harvest. The power of the blood of Jesus is greater than the sin of Adam, right? So then, how should we live our lives? It’s only a matter of time, you see, before He comes back and restores everything. We needn’t worry about that, though(Matt. 6:34). He is surely faithful.
We live right now, not yesterday, not tomorrow. It’s that eternal type of life, in which we have a relationship with the all-powerful, all-loving God! The Kingdom of God is within our midst. The Spirit is in our hearts and hands, right now. We are alive, eternally! All hope for the future rests on this: that He will never leave us. The life He’s given us today will remain forever with Him. Since our future’s taken care of, our attitude right now should be one of confidence.
What mere human could destroy my soul? If my body dies, I will rise again, for that is the promise of God. Why not lay my whole self on the line, today? I will live the life I know I have inside.
“It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.”–Deuteronomy 30:12-14