Eternal Life & Everlasting Life - John 3:15-16

Eternal Life & Everlasting Life - John 3:15-16

Eternal Life & Everlasting Life - John 3:15-16

 

What is “eternal life?” What is “everlasting life?” “Eternal Life” & “Everlasting Life” mean a life without end, a life that never ceases, an endless life, and a life immortal that is only in Jesus Christ. “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” (John 3:15-16 KJV). 

 

Jesus promises eternal life and everlasting life to the ones who believe in Him alone for salvation. Since eternal life and everlasting life is “life without end,” it cannot last 10, 20, or 30 years, and then be lost. If it could be lost, it would not be called “eternal life” and “everlasting life.” Eternal Life and Everlasting Life can never ever be lost or taken away: “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39 KJV). “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one” (John 10:28-30 KJV). 

 

“Eternal Life” & “Everlasting Life” is controversial and I believe some pastors understand “Eternal Life” & “Everlasting Life;” however, they neglect to preach “Eternal Life” & “Everlasting Life” because they are fearful of what the “board” and “others” might say.  Other people truly believe preaching “Eternal Life” and “Everlasting Life” is a damnable message. People have told me when I preach “Eternal Life” & “Everlasting Life,” they say I “cheapen grace,” they say I preach “easy believism.” 

 

If a person agrees that “Eternal Life” & “Everlasting Life” “cheapens grace,” or believe it is “easy believism?” I have a couple of questions for this person. If a person can’t earn salvation, why does a person think they can keep their salvation or lose their salvation? If a person could lose their salvation, how could a person ever grow in grace?  If a person could lose their salvation, why did Jesus Christ reveal Himself in the flesh and go to the Cross of Calvary and die for sin again, and again, and again? If a person could lose salvation, Jesus Christ would have to be crucified again, and again, for only He can make a perfect sacrifice sin.  If a person could lose their salvation, how does a person become “unborn?” If a person could lose their salvation, Jesus Christ would have to “pluck this person out of His hand,” the Father would have to “pluck this person out of His han.” Plucking a person “out of His hand” is a promise He would have to break. However, God cannot lie. Jesus Christ promises “no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand” which includes all humanity. “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one” (John 10:28-30 KJV). 

 

If a person believes Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, burial, and resurrection, they are in the Father’s hand, they are in Jesus Christ’s hand. He promises “neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand” -they are eternally secure.  Jesus Christ says: “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day” (John 6:37,39 KJV). 

 

If a person could lose their salvation, how could a person get “unsealed” by the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is a seal guaranteeing our inheritance into Heaven. “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:13-14 KJV). 

 

If a person could lose their salvation, they believe a different record than what God has shared with mankind: these individuals believe the witness of men versus God. “If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 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” (I John 5:9-13 KJV). “This is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son” (I John 5:11 KJV). That is an AWESOME statement.  

 

Man will tell others  “you can lose salvation”; however, losing salvation is not scriptural.  Jesus Christ offers “Eternal Life” & “Everlasting Life” and it is received by faith and faith alone in the Finished Redemptive Work of LORD Savior Jesus Christ.  “Eternal Life” & “Everlasting Life” doesn’t “cheapen grace,” it emphasizes the value of “grace,” the value in the Finished Redemptive Work of Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ said: “IT IS FINISHED” and I believe Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ offers you and me a free gift, the gift of “Eternal Life” & “Everlasting Life” which is freely received by grace through faith: faith in the Finished Redemptive Work of Jesus Christ.  “Eternal Life” & “Everlasting Life” doesn’t “cheapen grace” for Jesus Christ gave ALL so ALL could be saved.  Preaching or teaching one can lose salvation “cheapens grace” for this person is saying “Jesus Christ didn’t do enough.”

 

Salvation is easy. Christ did all the work. Christ freely gives “Eternal Life” (Everlasting Life) to anyone who will believe HE died on the Cross for all their sins, burial, and resurrection and that alone. Do you believe it, or not? 

 

If you have never received Jesus Christ as Savior, what is stopping you right now from accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior?  In your mind, you can say something, "I don't know everything; however, I know I am a sinner. I know I do not want to go to Hell when I die. I want to go to Heaven when I die. I believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for ALL my sins (past, present, and future), buried for me, and resurrected for me." 

 

There is no confirmation, confession, communion, water baptism, church, pastor, priest, religion, or any good deeds that will pay for sin. The Christ, the Lamb of God was revealed in the flesh to take away the sins of the world. “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29 KJV). 

 

The payment for sin is death. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23 KJV). Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins. “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22 KJV). 

 

Trust in Jesus Christ as your only hope to save you from a Hell you deserve to a Heaven you do not deserve because only the Gospel of Christ can change your eternal destiny from eternal darkness to eternal light. "Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins" (Colossians 1:13-14 KJV). 

 

Receive Jesus Christ as your Savior today and be born again and forever a child of God. "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God" (John 1:12-13 KJV). 

 

The very second you place your faith in Christ alone, you receive eternal life, and you forever have eternal life because Christ paid for all your sins. When a person trusts in Christ alone for salvation, that person can "know" they are going to Heaven when they die because the Bible says they can "know." "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" (I John 5:13 KJV).  

 

THE PLAN OF SALVATION - THE GOSPEL

 

The Gospel is Jesus Christ died on the Cross for our sins (past, present, and future), He was buried, and He resurrected the third day to show us the payment for sin is paid in full. 

  • I Corinthians 15:1-4: Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.

 

God loves you. Lord Savior Jesus Christ revealed Himself in the flesh for one reason: to save us from our sins.  Jesus Christ does not come to condemn individuals.  Jesus Christ comes to save us because we are all Hell doomed sinners without the Blood of Jesus Christ.

  • John 3:16-18:  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.

 

All individuals are sinners. The payment for sin is death.

  • Romans 3:23: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.

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

 

Christ died for your sin and resurrected for you.

  • II Corinthians 5:21: For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

  • I Corinthians 15:3-4: For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.

 

If you believe in Christ alone, you receive eternal life.

  • John 6:47: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

  • I John 5:13: 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.

 

If you could be "saved" by being water baptized, doing good works, being a good person, or following the Ten Commandments? Why did (the God from Eternity Past, the God from Eternity Future) the Ever Presence Jesus Christ reveal Himself in the flesh and die on the Cross and resurrect the third day?  No church can reconcile. No sacrament can save. No work or tradition of men can redeem. Only Jesus Christ can save a person from a Hell they deserve to a Heaven they do not deserve -all by grace!

  • Galatians 2:21: I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

 

If you could earn salvation by doing those things, then Jesus Christ died in vain. However, Jesus Christ did not die in vain. Jesus Christ made a perfect sacrifice for sin. He is the Lamb of God, and only the Lamb of God can make a perfect sacrifice for sin. There is only one way to Heaven, and it is the belief in the Finished Redemptive Work of Jesus Christ.

  • Ephesians 2:8-9: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

  • Philippians 3:9: And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.

  • Galatians 2:16: Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

  • Titus 3:5: Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.

 

The resurrection is proof God the Father accepted Jesus Christ's death payment for sin -death payment of past, present, and future sin: ALL SIN!

 

People DO NOT go to Hell because they are "bad." People go to Hell because they believe NOT the Gospel of Jesus Christ. People trust NOT in Jesus Christ as their Savior. People believe NOT Jesus Christ died on the Cross for their sins, burial, and resurrection. People do NOT trust alone in the finished redemptive work of Jesus Christ.

  • II Thessalonians 1:8-9: 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.

 

Know that God is gracious to you.  He has already died for all your sins (past, present, and future), He was buried for you showing all the world He died for your sins, and He was resurrected for you, showing all the world that Jesus Christ fulfilled what the Father asked Him to do: IT IS FINISHED! Your sins are paid in full. I pray you to believe in Jesus Christ right now for salvation -believe Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sin, burial, and resurrection. Trust alone in Jesus Christ as your Savior. If you know someone who is "not saved," share the Gospel message with them or forward this message to them.

 

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Once Saved, Always Saved: "And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one" (John 10:28-30 KJV).