Something in us is waiting—for what, we don’t know. Something different? Something better?
Christians, perhaps the deepest expression of what we’re waiting for is
found in the phrase “eternal life.” But what is eternal life? Why do we
want it? And how do we know if we have it?
In Eternity Is Now in Session,
bestselling author John Ortberg dispels the myth that eternal life is
something way out in outer space that we can only hope to experience
after we die—and that being saved is merely about meeting the minimal
entrance requirements for getting into heaven. Instead, John unpacks the
reality that the moment we trust Christ, we are initiated into “eternal
living” with God as a here and now reality, one that will continue
beyond our life on this earth.
Jesus defined eternal life just
once, in John 17:3: “. . . that they may know you, the only true God,
and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” The kind of “knowing God” that is
eternal life is an interactive relationship, not just an affirmation of
certain facts about God. Once we begin the transformative journey of
truly knowing God, we can start to experience His presence, favor, and
resurrection power right here on this earth—in the details, tasks, and
challenges of daily, ordinary life.
And as we begin to know God
this way, we’ll realize each moment of our lives is a vehicle to the
eternity we’ve been longing for all along.
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