Eternal Life is only to be found in Jesus Christ. The Word of God, the Holy Bible is a Christian’s A-Z of life. In First John 5:13 we find a clear statement as to why that particular book of the Bible was written, as the Apostle John says:
“I have written these things to you who believe on the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have everlasting life, and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
John wanted all Christians to know two things very clearly:
1) That we as beliers have attained everlasting life and
2) That our belief in the Lord Jesus Christ is true and correct. That we may have faith in Him.
First now, let us establish this fact: Eternal Life is established only in Jesus Christ. There are two passages of Scripture which attest to this:
John 15:1-6 “I am the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away. And every one that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bring forth more fruit.
Now you are clean through the Word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.
I am the Vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered. And they gather and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.”
First John 2:24-25 “Therefore what you heard from the beginning, let it abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, you will abide in both the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He has promised us: everlasting life.”
These words leave us in no doubt, that Jesus is the only way to eternal life. This is reiterated in First John 5:11-12 with these simple and factual words:
“And this is the record, that God has given to us everlasting life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”
John could not have possibly made it any more clear and without doubt; as this was his intention. If we are in Jesus: we have eternal life. If we are not in Jesus: we do not have eternal life. Yes, eternal life is only available in Jesus!
Being in Jesus brings eternal life. It also brings 20 other blessings as outlined for us in the Bible. These are:
Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
Freedom from the law of sin and death!
Romans 8:2 “But the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”
The Love of God!
Romans 8:38-39 “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 9:1 “I tell the truth in Christ, I do not lie, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, that I have great heaviness and continual pain in my heart.”
Union in one body!
Romans 12:5 “… so we the many are one body in Christ, and each one members of one another.”
Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanctification and Redemption!
First Corinthians 1:30 “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who of God is made to us wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.”
Romans 3:24 “… being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus …”
Resurrection of the body!
First Corinthians 15:22 “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all will be made alive.”
Second Corinthians 2:14 “Now thanks be to God, who always causes us to triumph in Christ, and He revealing through us the odor of the knowledge of Him in every place.”
Abolishment of the law!
Within the New Testament are 85 parallel verses which contrast the old and new covenants, confirming that we as Christians are under the new, and the old is not longer applicable for us. The following are examples:
Second Corinthians 3:6 “… who also has made us able ministers of the new covenant; not of the letter, but of the spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit makes alive.”
Second Corinthians 3:11 “For if that which has been done away was glorious, much more that which remains is glorious.”
Second Corinthians 3:13 “And we are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of the thing being done away.”
Second Corinthians 5:17-18 “So that if anyone is in Christ, that one is a new creature; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation ….”
Second Corinthians 11:3 “But I fear lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve in his craftiness, so your thoughts should be corrupted from the simplicity due to Christ.”
Galatians 2:4 “But because of those false brothers stealing in, who stole in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus; they desiring to enslave us …”
Sonship for all!
Galatians 3:26 “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.”
Made near to God!”
Ephesians 2:13 “But now in Christ Jesus you who were once afar off are made near by the blood of Christ.”
Philippians 3:14 “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Faith and Love!
First Timothy 1:14 “And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love in Christ Jesus.”
First Timothy 3:13 “For they having served well gain a good grade for themselves, and much boldness in the faith, those in Christ Jesus.”
Second Timothy 2:1 “Therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”
Second Timothy 2:10 “Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.”
First John 5:11 “And this is the record, that God has given to us everlasting life, and this life is in His Son.”
Second Timothy 1:1 “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus …”
Jude 1 “Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to the ones called in God the Father, having been set apart, and having been kept by Jesus Christ …”
These are blessings which the Lord Jesus Christ bestows when we are “in Christ.” But there is more than this available to Christians. Because God cannot deny His own Word or Himself, this means, as First John 5:14-15 says:
“And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.”
In other words, this means that according to His Word (John 15:7 and Romans 10:17) we should consider the answer to prayer as sure as if we have already received it! The same is true for all the blessings listed above. They come because we are in Christ; we do not need to ask for them; we do not need to seek them. We just need to believe we have received them. This includes Eternal life!
If you need more confirmation of this, just read the following:
Mark 11:22-24 “And answering Jesus said to them, Have faith of God. For truly I say to you that whoever shall say to this mountain, Be moved and be cast into the sea, and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that what he said shall occur, he shall have whatever he said. Therefore I say to you, All things, whatever you ask, praying, believe that you shall receive them, and it will be to you.”
Romans 4:17 “… (as it has been written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) – before God, whom he believed, who makes the dead live, and calls the things which do not exist as though they do exist.”
Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
James 1:5-8 “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and with no reproach, and it shall be given to him. But let him ask in faith, doubting nothing. For he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven by the wind and tossed. For do not let that man think that he shall receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, not dependable in all his ways.”
Amen and Amen.