What is eternal life?
The Bible says eternal life comes from believing in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Jesus Christ was crucified as a sacrifice to save us.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
When we believe in Christ, we are brought to the eternal life for which He died.
In these uncertain times, we need to turn our attention away from the worldly things and focus on the eternal plan of salvation.
It seems to me like things are only getting worse, we need to be sure that we are prepared.
I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. (Revelations 7:14)
When does eternal life begin?
The moment we believe in Jesus Christ, eternal life begins. We have been saved and are now on our way to heaven.
When we believe in Jesus, we know for sure that we are forgiven of our sins because we were freed from our sins by His blood.
We Are Saved Through Faith
Most people think their good and loving actions or words will earn them an eternal life in God’s presence.
They think that their good behaviors or intentions are enough to get them to heaven, but if we dig deeper into the word this is not the case.
Eternal life is not won by our good deeds, but by our faith in Jesus.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Since our sins are an offense to God’s perfect holiness, and since the only thing sin can earn for us is death, we have no hope of salvation based on our good behavior.
No matter how nice we are in our lives, we cannot earn salvation. It is through Jesus Christ that we are redeemed–given the gift of life in the first place.
Faith Without Works Is Dead
It is also important to mention that our faith opens the door but we have a responsibility to do work in the kingdom too.
As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. (James 2:26)
Just to clarify, there is a difference between good behavior without faith and faith without works.
It must begin with faith in Jesus Christ; that is the starting point towards the end of this race.
What Will It Be Like In Heaven?
The Bible speaks of heaven as a place of perfect harmony, peace, joy, and wonderful fellowship.
Jesus Prepared A Place For You
In my Father’s house there are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? (John 14:2)
Jesus explains that, while living in this world, you should not get worried about the future life in heaven as we should have confidence in God and believe in what He tells us.
He is preparing a place just for us. I’m sure this is going to be amazing because when we read the following scriptures of what Heaven will look like… it sounds breathtaking.
And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel (Revelations 21:10-12)
The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass. (Revelations 21:19-21)
There Will Be No More Pain.
The Bible says that in heaven there are no more tears, and that nothing can separate us from the love of God. It is a place where there is no fear and no worry.
For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. (Revelations 7:17)
We live in a world where there is a lot of pain. We suffer many kinds of physical pain as well as emotional and spiritual pain. But in heaven there will be no more physical pain.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away (Revelations 21:4)
Our Bodies Will Be Transformed
Jesus is the “first fruits”. God will renew the body of the believer and make it immortal.
Once we hear the last trumpet, we will all be changed in a split second.
There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. (Matthew 17:2)
And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man. (1 Corinthians 15:49)
who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. (Philippians 3:21)
Our time is running out, we only need to look around to know that Matthew 24 is coming to fruition.
I wear many hats; Wife, Mom, Minister, Blogger and Entrepreneur.
It’s not easy juggling everything but with the Grace of God, I can do all things!
My plate is full but my cup runneth over!!