This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us. – 1 John 1:2 (NLT)
In my dictionary the definition for eternal is: 1. without beginning or end; everlasting 2. forever the same; unchanging 3. seeming never to stop.
When I look up the definition of life, the first entry reads, 1. that property of plants and animals (ending at death) which makes it possible for them to take in food, get energy from it, grow, etc.
In the Bible these two words are placed together to form the phrase eternal life. If we went by the dictionary definition alone this phrase would appear contradictory, since our secular source claims that life ends at death. Yet, the Word of God clearly states that this is not the case, and life, for those who are Christ followers, continues for an eternity beyond our experience of physical death. Even more amazing, the Bible teaches that eternal life is not a thing to be experienced, but a Person to be worshipped. In other words, eternal life is not an event that will take place, but is found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus is eternal life, according to John. And when we place our faith in Christ, we experience the eternal life that He both is, and that He has to offer.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Lord, I am so undeserving of You, yet at the same time, so willing to accept what you have to offer me. Thank you for eternal life.