These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
When I was younger, I sang and prayed “I want to live eternal life God save my soul”. I prayed, oh how I prayed. I prayed fervently with strong crying and tears. Of course, I thought eternal life is the life that we’d be given when we resurrect or rapture to meet with Christ. Then and only then, I thought, one could have eternal life. Evidently, my challenge was that I didn’t know what eternal life (or everlasting life) means.
Eternal life is not simply a life without end or an undying life. Eternal life is the life of God. Just like plants have plant life, animals have animal life, humans have human life, so God has the divine life. This divine life has no end, thus it is refered to as eternal or everlasting. This life is not susceptible to death, decay, or wear and tear. It is superior to every other form of existence. That is the life that Jesus lived on earth. That is the life He still lives. God’s word tells us that
“In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not”
Death has no hold over this life. In fact this life dematerializes death. It’s presence is the absence of death. It is to death, what light is to darkness. sin, sickness, death, poverty, barrenness, etc are the evidence of the presence and dominion of death. While Holiness, health, fruitfulness, prosperity, power, glory, etc are the evidence of the presence and dominion of this eternal life. This life in Jesus is the reason why he could heal the sick, raise the dead and cast out demons. That life effortlessly destroys the works of the devil.
Now, God wants you to know (you that have given your life to Jesus) that you have that eternal life NOW. He’s not saying that you are going to have the life, he says you have it! Read the text again. Can’t you see it now? It’s not a promise neither is it futuristic. It is a statement of facts and of present time reality. He says the life that’s superior to Satan is in you. A life that’s greater than sickness, death, poverty, failure, etc. That life is in you simply because you believe in Jesus. You can now relate with John 3:16, can’t you? That popular scripture says WHOSOEVER (and that includes you, right?) Whosoever believes in Jesus should have everlasting life. God wants you to know today that the life is in you. This knowledge marks the end of your struggles. You can now look at Jesus life and just live as he did. No more struggle, no more pains. Eternal life is in you NOW! SO these days I now sing and praise: “I’m living in eternal life God saves my soul…” What about you?
Father I thank you for giving me eternal life.
By the Spirit of faith, I believe you word and thus have I spoken, I have eternal life
The life of God is in me. The life that’s superior to sin, sickness, death and poverty is in me.
Eternal life is in me so I manifest the life of Jesus. I grow in grace and dominion.
I pray Father that you give me and your church worldwide, the grace to understand how to live this life in full in Jesus Name
Please pray for me too.