What is Eternal Life?
The phrase “eternal life” occurs 42 times in the Bible. What exactly then is eternal life?
Some suggest eternal life is synonymous with heaven. If we believe in Jesus, we will go to heaven when we die. That is eternal life.
That’s a good start to our understanding of eternal life, but that’s not all there is to it; there’s more.
As I read the Bible, I see eternal life beginning now, here in this world. We learn this from John, whose references to eternal life are often present tense.
When we follow Jesus, eternal life begins immediately, right now, today. Eternal life begins here on earth through Jesus and continues into heaven when our physical bodies die.
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.
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