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Eternal Life

This is a Bible study on Eternal Life.     Click here for a printable Bible Study Guide.

 

And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?  John 11:26

In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;  Titus 1:2

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.  1 John 5:11-13

 

 


What is Eternal Life?

 

Eternal means having infinite duration.

Life is the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body; therefore, Eternal Life is having infinite life, everlasting life.

Never ending life, living without end is eternal life, immortality.  Passing from death to life is eternal life (John 5:24).

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Romans 6:23

 

Our life in this world, in our body of flesh, is temporary, salvation is eternal life.

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.  2 Corinthians 4:17-18

For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, and house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.  2 Corinthians 5:1

If by faith we place our hope and trust, believe in Christ Jesus for the salvation of our souls, then we shall never die.  By faith in Jesus we will pass from our earthly life to an eternal life in the Kingdom of God.

And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?  John 11:26

The Word of God describes eternal life in Christ Jesus.  Eternal life is the gift of God, Jesus Christ, the salvation of God, given to all people, anyone who comes to God in faith that He is all He says that He is, and that He alone can save them.  Eternal life can only be found through salvation, by becoming a child of God through faith and fellowship with Christ Jesus.  We can only have eternal life through Christ Jesus.  Without accepting God's truth you are without Christ and you are without eternal life.

That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  John 3:15-18

Special Note:  God alone is eternal.  God has always existed infinitely.  Only God is eternal.   We can receive eternal life after we believe in Jesus for our salvation, but we had a beginning, when we were born.  Mankind can receive eternal life through salvation, but we have a beginning. 

God always existed, God always was, God is without beginning and without end, therefore making Him the only eternal God that ever was or that ever will be. Jesus is the only eternal Son of God, as Jesus was the Son of God before He came down to earth to be born in the image of mankind.  Jesus God the Son always existed with God the Father.  The Holy Spirit always existed with God the Father and God the Son.   The Godhead, the One true eternal God has always existed and these three are One - God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

 


Does everyone receive eternity?

 

Every person will receive eternity.

There is an Eternity for everyone. 

Every person has a choice --

  • Eternal Life - Eternity in Heaven with our LORD God, through faith in Christ Jesus.  
  • Eternal Fire - Eternity in Hell without God, by not believing in Jesus for salvation.

 

Everlasting punishment is promised by God to all who chose not to believe in God.  Eternal life is promised by God to all who chose to believe in Him.

And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.   Matthew 25:46

Eternal life is promised to the righteous, which are all people who through faith chose to believe in God and received the gift of God by His grace through faith in Christ Jesus.

Eternal life, spending eternity with God, is only for those who choose Christ Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.  Galatians 3:26

Only by faith in Christ Jesus can we become the children of God.  Salvation is received the same way by all who receive it. 

We are all saved the exact same way, by the grace of God through faith in Christ Jesus, and there is no other way.

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  John 14:6

What is your choice?  Eternal death or eternal life?

 


How can I have Eternal Life in Heaven?

 

What a good question, this same question was asked of Jesus, "What good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?".

And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?  Matthew 19:16

And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?  Mark 10:17

And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?  Luke 10:25

And he answered said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.  And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.  Luke 10:27-28

And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?  Luke 18:18

There is only one way to inherit Eternal Life with God and that is through faith in Jesus Christ.  We must surrender our life to Christ to receive eternal life in Him.

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.   1 John 5:13

That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world though him might be saved.  John 3:15-17

We see throughout the Scriptures that eternal life is passing from death to life eternal with God

Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.  And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.   John 5:39-40

We see clearly in the Holy Word of God that eternal life is only received through faith in Jesus Christ, without the Son (Jesus) there is eternal death separated from God for all eternity. 

We are all receive eternal life the exact same way, by the grace of God through faith in God (Ephesians 2;8), there is no other way.

Salvation is eternal life with God for eternity.  Without salvation we are condemned to be separated from God for all eternity.

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  John 3:18

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Romans 6:23

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.  1 John 5:11-12

Jesus is the Lamb of God and believers are His sheep.  All who answer His call, come to Him, follow Him, all who hear the voice of God and receive His gift of salvation and follow Jesus are His sheep, His own, and to them, to believers of Christ Jesus, Jesus will give them eternal life.  All people who by faith believe in Jesus as their Saviour and Lord, to them all Jesus will give eternal life.  Without faith in Christ Jesus no one receives eternal life (Galatians 3:26).

Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  John 10:25-28  

Eternal life is received through the Son of God, Jesus Christ.  Salvation through Christ Jesus is the perfect plan of God.  Salvation is only received through faith in Christ Jesus, there is no other way to the Kingdom of God, there is no other way to receive redemption for sin, except through the blood of Jesus.  We are all saved the exact same way, through faith in Christ Jesus, we are all adopted into the family of God the exact same way - through faith in Christ Jesus.

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26

God doesn't count our race, or our nationality, or whether we are male or female, or whether we are 9 or 109, or whether we are free or a slave, or a prisoner, or president or laborer, all believers of Christ Jesus are the same to God, we are ALL one in Christ Jesus.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28

Special Note: Sheep never leave their shepherd, because they know if they do that they will be devoured, killed and destroyed. Sheep follow their shepherd without knowing where they will end or where they are going.  This is the type of relationship we are to have with our Great Shepherd.  Jesus as our Shepherd loves us and keeps us safe, but we must follow Him.  Jesus says, "My sheep hear My voice, and they follow Me".  Jesus didn't say, "My sheep can follow Me or not it really doesn't matter".  When we follow our own path, we are not following Jesus, and forfeit His watch care over us.  We choose to depart or stay.  We choose to live by our own rules, or we choose to abide in Christ, follow His direction for our lives.  If we choose to depart from God, we forfeit all His gifts and His promises.

 


Who will receive Eternal Life?

All who call on the name of Jesus will be saved.  All people who choose to accept the free gift of God by faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, receives the salvation of God.

By the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ we are all saved from sin and eternal death.

All who believe in Jesus Christ for the saving of their souls, believe Jesus can forgive their sins and make them whole, believe that through Jesus is life eternal, can be saved.

No one is saved if they do not believe.  Believing in Jesus Christ for salvation is the only way to receive eternal life.  Eternal life is through believing, without believing no one can be saved. 

Unbelief, not believing in Jesus Christ for salvation, is the only thing that keeps people out of the Kingdom of God.

The gift of God is not restricted to certain people.  The gift of God, salvation from sin and death, is offered to all people who believe, who place their trust and faith in Him for their salvation.

 

God freely gives His salvation to:

  • any person who calls on the name of Jesus for salvation (Acts 2:21; Romans 10:13),
  • any person who believes in their heart that Jesus is the Christ, Jesus Christ is Lord, Jesus is the Son of God (John 20:31; 1 John 4:15, 5:1; Philippians 2:11)
  • any person who believes that Jesus suffered and died on His cross so their sins can be forgiven (Hebrews 1:3, 9:26, 10:12, 12:2),
  • any person who believes that Jesus was crucified for all the sins of all the people of the world forever (Hebrews 10:12),
  • any person who believes that Jesus is come in the flesh (1 John 4:2; 1 Timothy 3:16)
  • any person who believes that Jesus died on His cross that we might receive eternal life by His death and resurrection to life (Romans 5:10),
  • any person who believes that Jesus rose from His grave (Romans 10:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14; Ephesians 1:20),
  • any person who believes that Jesus alone paid the whole price for our sins (Hebrews 1:3; 10:10, 12; 1 Peter 3:18),
  • any person who believes that Jesus ascended into Heaven and sits on His throne at the right hand of God the Father (Mark 16:19; Romans 8:34; Ephesians 1:20; Colossians 3:1; Hebrews 1:3, 8:1, 12:2; 1 Peter 3:22),
  • any person who believes that Jesus will return to earth one day for all people who place their faith and trust in Him for the saving of their souls (John 14:1-3; 1 Peter 2:25).

 

Salvation is simple, all anyone must do is: believe, ask, confess and receiveBelieve Jesus Christ is Lord and can forgive all your sins and give you eternal life, ask Jesus into your heart to be your Lord and Saviour, confess and repent of sin (1 John 1:9; Romans 10:10), and receive the salvation of God.

 


What must I do to receive Eternal Life?

 

Believe in Jesus

That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:15

And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. John 4:36

Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and thy are they which testify of me. John 5:39

To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: Romans 2:7

 

Jesus holds the words of eternal life

Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:54

Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. John 6:68

 

Jesus gives us eternal life. 

And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. John 10:28

As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. John 17:2

That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:21

 

Jesus is our hope of eternal life.

That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:7

 

Jesus the author of eternal salvation.

And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Hebrews 5:9

 

Eternal life is in Jesus.

And this is the record, that God hath give to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 1 John 5:11

 

Love God, live separate from the world.

He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. John 12:25

 

Believe in Jesus and receive eternal life.

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. John 17:3

And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48

 

Eternal Life is the gift of God through Jesus.

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: Ephesians 3:11

 

By faith we are to hold onto eternal life.

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12

Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. 1 Timothy 6:19

 

Salvation in Jesus with eternal glory.

Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 2 Timothy 2:10

 

Eternal Life was promised before the world began.

In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; Titus 1:2

 


Where is Eternal Life?

 

Where will all believers of Christ Jesus spend Eternal Life? 

For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 Corinthians 5:1

Eternal Life is in the heavens.

Will we spend eternal life here on earth?  No, because God says this world will pass away.   This earth will pass away.  We do not know what the new earth will look like, but God promises to create a new earth.

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. Matthew 24:35

Everything that we can see now, here on earth, will be destroyed by the hand of God.  No one but God knows what heaven is like.

Eternal Life will be spent in the world to come.

But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. Mark 10:30

Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting. Luke 18:30

 

Eternal life is in the midst of the paradise of God.

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. Revelation 2:7

There is only one God and only one Kingdom of God, which is the paradise of God.

 

Do not be deceived.  Traditions of men want to bring God down to earth, down to their level, and say that this earth is the paradise of God, or the Kingdom of God.  

The truth is that God desires to bring us all up to Himself, to His Kingdom, to His Paradise, to His Heaven, to the Heaven above the heavens, where He exists.  Scripture is full of versus where people of God went up to God.   Scripture tells us that one day soon, Jesus will come down from Heaven and we will ascend up to meet Him in the air, up to Heaven, where we will be forever with the Lord God.

 


How will this world be destroyed?

God says with fervent heat this earth will be burned up, dissolved, melted away.

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 2 Peter 3:10-13

 

So if the heavens shall pass away what happens to God, isn't He in the heavens?

God exists in the heaven of heavens.  When God created the earth He created the firmament, the sky, the heavens we can see and the heaven of heavens, which we cannot see. 

God lives in the heaven above the heavens, the heaven of heavens.

Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee. Nehemiah 9:6

The word of God tells about three heavens.  The first heavens is the sky that we can see above the earth, and the second heavens is the universe of planets and stars beyond that we can see through high powered telescopes, and the third Heaven is the Heaven where God lives, the Paradise of God, the Kingdom of God (2 Corinthians 12:2-4).

 


Who lives in eternity?

 

God lives in eternity

For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. Isaiah 57:15

 


Who will receive eternal damnation?

Eternal damnation is reserved for ALL who forsake God, this includes the devil, which is satan, and all the angels that forsake God to follow satan out of Heaven, and ALL the people of this world who have chosen to forsaken God.  

Everyone who does not hold onto their salvation from God, by holding onto their faith in Christ Jesus, will never enter the gates of Heaven, will be separated from God for all eternity.

All who blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness.  To enter the gates of Heaven you must obtain forgiveness through faith in Christ Jesus, the Son of God and receive the gift of God, salvation of your soul.

But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation: Mark 3:29

 


What is Eternal and Everlasting?

God is eternal and everlasting.

Eternal God; Everlasting God

  • God is eternal (Deuteronomy 33:27).  Everything God is - is eternal. 
  • God's power is eternal power (Romans 1:20; 1 Timothy 6:16). 
  • The gift of God, salvation is eternal (Romans 6:23). 
  • The Glory of God is eternal (1 Peter 5:10). 
  • God is the everlasting God (Genesis 21:33; Isaiah 40:28; Romans 16:26). 
  • God has everlasting arms as our refuge (Deuteronomy 33:27).
  • God is from everlasting to everlasting, God without end (Psalm 90:2). 
  • The mercy of God is everlasting (Psalm 100:5; 103:17) with everlasting kindness (Isaiah 54:8). 
  • The righteousness of God is everlasting righteousness (Psalm 119:142). 
  • The kingdom of God is everlasting (Psalm 145:13; Daniel 4:3; 7:27). 
  • God is everlasting strength (Isaiah 26:4). 
  • God's dominion is an everlasting dominion (Daniel 7:14).
The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them. Deuteronomy 33:27

 

Eternal Life - The Gift of God; Everlasting Life

The gift of God is eternal.  Salvation is eternal life and is the gift of God, given freely by God to all who by faith believe in His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:15

That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:21

 

Everlasting life is promised by God to all people who believe, have faith in Jesus Christ to salvation (Daniel 12:2; John 3:36; 5:24; 6:40, 47).

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

Life Eternal; Life Everlasting

Life is eternal for the righteous, all people who believe in Jesus to salvation shall receive life everlasting (Luke 18:30; 1 Timothy 1:16).

And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. Matthew 25:46

God alone gives life eternal.

 

Everlasting salvation

Salvation is eternal, everlasting (Isaiah 45:17).

 

Everlasting contempt; everlasting fire; everlasting punishment; everlasting destruction

The wicked, the workers of iniquity, the unbelieving, all people who do not place their faith in Christ Jesus, will inherit everlasting contempt (Daniel 12:2) and everlasting fire (Matthew 18:8; 25:41) and everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46).

All people who forsake God shall be punished with everlasting destruction, eternal death, which is eternal separation from God.

In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9

 

Eternal Power; Power Everlasting

There is no greater power than the power of God.  The power of God is eternal.  God alone possesses power everlasting (1 Timothy 6:16).

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Romans 1:20

 

Eternal Soul

The soul is eternal.  When we die, our soul separates from our earthly bodies.  The souls of all believers go to be with the Lord when our earthly bodies die (2 Corinthians 5:8).

Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:9

 

Eternal Judgment

The judgment of God is eternal.

Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. Hebrews 6:2

 

Eternal redemption

Jesus obtained eternal redemption for all who by faith believe in Him, by His own blood on His cross at Calvary.

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. Hebrews 9:12

 

Eternal Spirit

The Spirit of God is eternal.

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? Hebrews 9:14

 

Eternal Inheritance

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. Hebrews 9:15

 

Eternal Glory

The Glory of God is eternal brought to us by Christ Jesus.

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 1 Peter 5:10

 

Everlasting Covenant

All the promises and all the covenants between God and man, and every living creatures is everlasting (Genesis 9:16; 17:7; Isaiah 61:8; Jeremiah 32:40; Ezekiel 16:60).

Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. Isaiah 55:3

And they shall be my people, and I will be their God:  And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them:  And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me. Jeremiah 32:38-40

Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,  Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21

 

Everlasting Kingdom

The Kingdom of God is an everlasting Kingdom (Psalm 145:13; Daniel 4:3; 7:27).

For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:11

 

Everlasting Gospel

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is everlasting (Revelation 14:6).

 

Everlasting Light

Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended. Isaiah 60:20

 

Everlasting Father

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

 

Eternal King; Everlasting King

But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation. Jeremiah 10:10

 

Everlasting Love

God's love is everlasting love.

The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. Jeremiah 31:3

 


Can eternal life be received after we die on earth?

Is it possible to receive eternal life, the salvation of God, after we die here on earth?

The word of God reads that no one that dies without salvation can receive eternal life after they die.

The word of God states that the choice to have faith in God to salvation must be made while we are alive.

Jesus said "whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die" (John 11:26).

The choice of salvation is for "whosoever liveth" and not for those who have already passed from this life.

When we take our last breath on this earth, at that very moment, in that split second, we receive the eternity that we chose when we were alive - either everlasting life by faith in Christ Jesus to salvation - or eternal damnation through our unbelief.

No one will be gifted the choice of salvation after death.   The gift of God, eternal salvation is offered to us while we are alive, not after we die. 

No one has or ever will be offered the gift of salvation after death.  Prayers for the dead to receive salvation is unbiblical and never sanctioned by God.  The Scriptures are very clear on this fact.

This is why it is so important to answer God's call to salvation today. 

Today if ye hear His voice, harden not your heart (Psalm 95:7-8; Hebrews 3:7-8; 3:15; 4:7).

 

 


When do we receive Eternal Life?

God promises that whosoever believes in Him shall receive everlasting life (John 3:16).  Whosoever - all people - who believe in Him for the salvation of their souls - are promised to receive eternal life. 

Our eternal life is received by us when we die in faith.  We must hold on to our faith in God all the days of our lives, because without faith we are condemned.  Unbelief separates anyone from God for eternity.

Faith in God for salvation is required for eternal life, without faith no one can please God.

The promise of eternal life is received when we profess our faith in Christ Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, by believing that God is all who He says that He is, and by living in faith to God, separated from the world.

Faith to salvation has a beginning, a middle, and an end

Faith begins when we activate it by accepting God's free gift of salvation (John 3:16) . We become the children of God through faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26), this is the beginning of our faith in Christ Jesus. 

Faith is lived out in the lives of all believers of Jesus.  The just shall live by faith (Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38).  The just shall walk by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7).  That faith received from the beginning of salvation remains in us (1 John 2:24-25).  Christ dwells in the hearts of the faithful by faith (Ephesians 3:17).  Without living faith we are without Christ. Faith grows and continues to be walked out in our daily lives, every day.  Our journey in this life is to be by faith in Jesus Christ. We are to grow in our faith though our relationship with Christ Jesus.  If we hold onto our faith we become overcomers of this world through Christ Jesus. 

Faith ends with the salvation of our souls when we see Jesus face to face.  If we remain in Christ, abiding in Jesus, walking every day by faith, then we will have confidence in the end at Jesus' coming (1 John 2:28), and will receive the end of our faith, which is the salvation of our souls.

Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:9

 


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