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Proclaim to You Eternal L ife

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Introducing the series of "How We Can Know We Have Eternal Life". Proclaiming eternal life.

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I. Eternal life is knowing God and enjoying his eternal blessings

Jn 17:3; Ps 16:11
John 17:3 ESV
3 And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
Psalm 16:11 ESV
11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
See also Ps 21:4–6; Eph 1:3–14

Eternal glory is the believer’s inheritance

2 Corinthians 4:17 ESV
17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,
See also Da 12:3; 2 Ti 2:10; 1 Pe 5:4; 1 Pe 5:10

Contrasted with eternal judgment and rejection

Mt 25:46 Interpreters differ over whether “eternal punishment” implies an experience that continues for ever, or annihilation which is eternal in the sense of being irreversible.
See also Da 12:2; Mt 25:46; Jn 3:16; 2 Th 1:8–9

The work of helping others come to eternal life

John 4:35–36 ESV
35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. 36 Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together.

II. Eternal life as endless life

The guarantee of the resurrection

1 Co 15:20–22 “firstfruits” because the resurrection of Jesus Christ is seen as the beginning of a harvest.
See also Ps 49:15; Is 26:19; 1 Th 4:14

Death will be vanquished

Revelation 21:4 ESV
4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
See also Is 25:8; 1 Co 15:26; 1 Co 15:50–57

Believers will live for ever

John 11:25–26 ESV
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
See also Lk 20:34–36; Jn 6:51; Jn 6:54; Jn 6:58; Jn 8:51; 1 Jn 2:17

III. Eternal life as a quality of life

John 10:10 ESV
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
See also Jn 4:14

One of the blessings associated with the kingdom of God

Mt 19:29; Lk 18:18

Life with Christ

Jn 6:67–69; Jn 15:5; Col 3:4; 1 Th 5:10

IV. Eternal life as experiencing Jesus Christ’s life

Galatians 2:20 ESV
20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
See also 2 Co 4:10–11; Ro 6:4; Ro 6:8; Ro 8:10–11

V. God is the source and giver of eternal life

God the Father

John 17:3 ESV
3 And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
See also Dt 5:26; Ps 36:9; Ps 42:2; Ps 56:13; Mt 22:32; Lk 20:38; 1 Ti 6:13

God the Son

John 14:6 ESV
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
See also Jn 1:4; Jn 11:25–26; Jn 17:3; 1 Jn 1:1–2; 1 Jn 5:20

God the Holy Spirit

John 6:63 ESV
63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
See also 2 Co 3:6; Ga 6:8

God’s Invitation and Plan of Salvation

Hear - Romans 10:17

Romans 10:17 ESV17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Believe and Confess - Romans 10:9-10

Romans 10:9–10 ESV9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Repent - Luke 13:3

Luke 13:3 ESV3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.

Be Baptized - Romans 6:3-4

Romans 6:3–4 ESV3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

Remain Faithful - Revelation 2:10

Revelation 2:10 ESV10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.
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