Posts Tagged ‘Eternal Life

04
Jun
18

God Is On Team You

Paul says in Romans 8 that God is working for the good of those who love Him. These are the ones who have responded to His call to salvation and following Christ. He promises forgiveness and eternal life to those who will answer the call in the affirmative. All of this demonstrates one thing – God is on our side. Paul wrote:

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us,who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? – Romans 8:31-32 (NIV)

God is on your side! He is on team YOU! He proved it by sending His Son to die for our sins. This is the evidence that God loves you and not only that, He likes you, too. He, along with Jesus, will provide everything you need. He knows what you need and is willing and able to provide it. So trust Him because He is on your side. With God on your side, nothing and no one can come against you. So as you move about your day today, remember that God is on team you and that means that you will win in the end.
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15
May
18

The Spirit Gives Life

In Romans 8, the apostle Paul talks quite a bit about the difference between being controlled by the flesh and being controlled by the Spirit of Christ. He said that those who are governed by the flesh cannot please God and that they do not belong to Christ. He then contrasts that with the person filled with Christ. He wrote:

But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. – Romans 8:1​0​ (NIV)

We are all going to die a physical death someday. Those who are filled with Christ’s Spirit will be granted life. Why? Paul says that it is “…because of righteousness.” Is that our righteousness or Christ’s righteousness? It is because of Christ’s righteousness that is granted to us by His perfect life. Our righteousness is nothing compared to the righteousness of Jesus. When you trust Christ for forgiveness, you are covered by His righteousness and given eternal life.
12
Apr
18

A Day Of Rejoicing

In 2 Peter 3, the apostle Peter wrote about the coming Day of the Lord. He describes that day as coming like a thief. In other words, no one will expect it when it arrives. He also said that the universe and the earth will be cleansed with fire. Everything in this present order of things will be laid bare. Then, something awesome will happen. Peter wrote:

But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. – 2 Peter 3:13 (NIV)

God will create a new universe, including a new earth and this will be unlike the present one. The universe in which we now live has been tainted and marred by sin and unrighteousness. The new heavens and earth will be free from sin. The enemy will be done away with forever as he is sent to his eternal punishment. There will be no more sin, hurt or pain caused by the enemy. Instead, everything will be made whole and everything will be restored. We will dwell with God and be His people forever. What a day of rejoicing that will be.
07
Nov
17

Eternal Life

In today’s verse from 1 John, John reveals one of the purposes to his writing this letter. He says:

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. – 1 John 5:13 (NIV)

If someone were to ask you if you were going to Heaven, what would be your response? Could you confidently say, “Yes!” or would you cautiously say, “I hope so.”? My friends, because of God’s grace through faith in Jesus, the answer is a confident, “Yes!” John sums up his writings about God’s love and faithfulness with this encouraging thought. He wanted his audience, which now includes us, to KNOW that we have eternal life through Jesus. This confidence is not in our efforts to be good. It is a confidence in God’s goodness and grace. If you’re trusting in your efforts to save you or keep you saved, you’re trusting in the wrong thing. Trust in God and in His Son, Jesus. May you KNOW today that you are saved and going to spend eternity with Christ. Live in that joy today and let your light shine so that others will want to know Him, too.
08
Sep
17

The Promise Of Eternal Life

Sometimes we forget that this life is not all that there is. God has promised us eternal life through faith in His Son, Jesus. But we get distracted from that promise by the things of this world and we get pulled away from Jesus. This is what John wrote:

As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father.25 And this is what he promised us—eternal life. – 1 John 2:24-25 (NIV)

If you are a follower of Jesus, you are going to Heaven. Say that real quick – “I am going to Heaven.” That’s not a wish upon a star or from a genie or a cricket. That’s not a dream or a fantasy. That’s a rock-solid promise from God. He’s not going to change the game on you mid-stream. So faithfully remain in Him. Don’t wander off. You don’t want to miss this…
11
Aug
17

Jesus Is Life

1 John 1:1 says that Jesus is the Word of life. John said that Jesus was real. He could be seen, heard and touched. John then goes on to write:

The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. – 1 John 1:2 (NIV)

Jesus is life. He does not merely give life. He was not just alive when He walked on earth. He was not only alive when God raised Him from the dead. Jesus is the very definition of life. If you want to have life, then you need Jesus. No one and nothing else can give you life the way that Jesus can. Why? Because Jesus is eternal life. Jesus said about Himself that He is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). Many things promise life, but only Jesus delivers. He makes good on His promise to grant life and life eternal. It is because Jesus is life.
17
Feb
17

Heaven Forever

Good Friday morning to you! The twenty-third psalm ends on such a hopeful note. David concludes with,

and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
forever. – Psalm 23:6b (ESV)

This is something to get excited about! We are going to live in Heaven forever. When we put our faith and trust in Jesus, He gives us the promise of eternal life with God. God’s goodness and faithful love are ours throughout our time on earth and we get to enjoy being in His presence forever in Heaven. The Bible tells us that Heaven is a place where there is no weeping or mourning or pain. Imagine never hurting again in any way. No more illness or disease and that includes mental illness and depression. No more cancer. No more knee or back pain. No more migraines or fibromyalgia. No more heartache or emotional pain. No more addictions or struggles with sin. There will be no more death. We will truly be free to enjoy the presence of Jesus forever. Amen.



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