On the way to work this morning, I began to think about the eternal life that I have in Christ. The prayer of the Lord to His Father in Heaven clearly tells us what the eternal life exactly means.Let’s read John 17:1-5
Jesus Prays for Himself
1After Jesus said this, He looked toward heaven and prayed:
“Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify You. 2For You granted Him authority over all people that He might give eternal life to all those You have given him. 3Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the Only True God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent. 4I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work You gave me to do. 5And now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with the glory I had with You before the world began.
Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the Only True God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.
Greek text conveys basically the same meaning.
“αὕτη δέ ἐστιν ἡ αἰώνιος ζωή, ἵνα γινώσκωσιν σὲ τὸν μόνον ἀληθινὸν Θεὸν καὶ ὃν ἀπέστειλας Ἰησοῦν Χριστόν.”
If we use the math skills, the following equation can be formulated.
Eternal Life = Knowing the Only True God (Father) + Knowing Jesus Christ (Son).
The Greek word ‘To Know’ in this verse is ‘γινώσκωσιν’ and this refers to ‘knowing someone personally.’
Now we have a clear Biblical understanding of having an ‘eternal life’ that is, “Knowing God the Father and God the Son personally and following Him.”
Lord Jesus, thanks You for letting me know You and our Heavenly Father because You said, “No one can come to the Father except by Me.” Truly I believe it. Amen.