Jesus Gives Eternal, Everlasting Life (John 10:28)
When someone is saved, the eternal God gives them eternal life.
Jesus said, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish” . . . (John 10:28).
Jesus said, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3).
Eternal life is knowing Him, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
It is also “the age to come” (Luke 18:30).
Jesus said, “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone pluck them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to pluck them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one” (John 10:28-29).
The Greek Words for Eternal, Everlasting Life
The same Greek word for “eternal” is also translated “everlasting.” That word is “aionion.”
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
The Greek words for “Eternal Life” – Zoe Aionion
Zoe – “life”
Aionion – “eternal, everlasting”
The Zoe Life of God
Jesus used the word “zoe” for the life that God offers.
He used this word many times.
What does it mean?
In the good shepherd passage, Jesus spoke further about the life He offers: “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).
The Amplified: “I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]” (John 10:10).
Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:7-10).
Partakers of the Divine Nature
Those who know Jesus are partakers of the divine nature.
“. . . by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4).
The New Life in Jesus
The glorious new life in Jesus Christ is an eternal revelation of God.
As the New Testament reveals, believers’ most holy faith starts on earth and lasts for eternity.
In eternity, saints will continue: growing, worshipping, praying, ministering, learning, serving, knowing God . . . and infinitely, eternally more.
The New Life is Beyond Human Words
The new life in Jesus is so glorious, human words cannot express it.
The entire New Testament is an attempt to put it into words.
Why can it not be expressed? Because God is so glorious and wonderful, He is beyond human words.
God’s Plan for Humanity
God’s plan for humanity is the same: it is beyond words.
God’s magnificent offers to mankind are beyond human comprehension!
He has offered Himself, to every person, all the time, for all eternity!
God’s Offer to Mankind
God’s offer to mankind is priceless, infinite and eternal, because He is priceless, infinite and eternal, and infinitely, eternally more!
For all eternity, man will be in awe of Him and His offer to mankind.
Beyond Human Description
Notice some of the ways His offer is described in the Bible:
“The glorious splendor of Your majesty” . . . “A treasure hidden in a field, which a man goes and digs up again and again” . . . “The riches of the glory of the mystery” . . . (Psalm 145:5, MT 13:44-46, Colossians 1:27).
The Father . . . the Lord Jesus . . . the Holy Spirit is indeed the most wonderful, most beautiful Person in the universe. His presence is . . . the glory of the Lord.
The Holy Spirit Reveals Jesus
And the Holy Spirit reveals who Jesus is.
He’s the savior. He’s the Son of God. He’s our master and friend. And infinitely more.
And He is the Lord God Almighty.
Yet, Jesus Himself said, “My Father . . . is greater than all,” and “My Father is greater than I” (John 10:29, John 14:28).
It is an eternal mystery . . . the Father, Son and Holy Spirit . . . the trinity . . . one God . . . three Persons. They are one, yet they are separate and distinct Persons. The Holy Spirit reveals this mystery (Colossians 1:27, 1 Corinthians 2:10).
So when someone knows Jesus, they have a relationship with the Lord God Almighty. Knowing Him is the greatest and highest privilege for a human.
Another mystery is that it’s up to a person what they do with that relationship. Why is it like that?
Because God made man into His image and likeness and gave us a free will (Genesis 1:27, 2:7).
God cannot make anyone follow Him or do anything.
Within knowing Him, He offers priceless results found only in Him, some of which are below.
Experts have found more than 7,000 promises to mankind in the Bible.
But let’s always remember: He Himself, His presence and His glory are the answer.
Everything a person wants, needs, desires and longs for, is found in Him.
When someone finds Him, all the things listed below are a natural result.
The Answer: Knowing Him
The answer is going directly to Him, the only true God.
If someone goes to Him, with a repentant, humble spirit, and desires to meet Him, He will answer.
He will reveal Himself.
And that person will find the answer.
They will have the one and only thing, the thing that will last forever, that no one can ever take from them . . . knowing the only true God.
Sometimes, we do everything else except developing our relationship with Him.
We search the Bible, do ministry, learn, go to church, and so forth – and all those are good things.
But we might neglect the one and only thing – knowing Him!
The incredible truth is that He is merciful, gracious, patient, faithful and infinitely more.
When we come to Him, with a repentant heart, He receives us. Amen!