ETERNAL LIFE! 9-3-2017

posted Aug 30, 2017, 8:08 PM by Dale Barnes

We all possess a natural life. Though we try many ways to extend this life, it finally ends.  We try all kinds of things, vitamins, special diets, exercise, medicines of all kinds, many doctors. No matter what we use, this life finally ends.

The uniqueness of the Christian message is that God offers to all the gift of eternal life. Eternal life!  This is amazing. Even more amazing is there are so many, though they have heard of this offer, for one reason or another, choose not to accept.

Eternal life!  The Bible gives us some help in understanding this tremendous offer. You cannot work for it. It is a gift from God. He made it possible through the death and resurrection of Jesus, his Son, He paid the penalty for our sins so we could have this gift from God.

It begins with a down payment of that which is to come. A new birth. The very life (reality) of God abides in believers. Christ in us! (Col.1:27)  Then the Apostle tells us clearly that when the resurrection takes place: we will “meet the Lord in the air” with a new body, and so we will be with the Lord forever. (1Th.4:17)  Paul also tells us that “in the coming ages he (God) will show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”( Eph.2:7)  There are coming ages (times) when God will be leading us into things we know nothing of at this time.  It will roll on and on for God is eternal. There is no end to his life and reality. (We will not be sitting on a cloud, playing a harp.)  In Christ we are God’s children. What a wonder!  We have wonders to participate in for all eternity.