by Dr. Charles Stanley
Thursday August 3, 2006
Eternal Life: You Can Be Sure
In writing to the early church, the apostle John wanted to make something perfectly clear: God offers His children everlasting life. In Christ, men and women should have no fear of physical death, because their true lives — their eternal lives — are secure in Jesus. First John is a unique Scripture passage because in it, John plainly states his purpose for writing. The point of his entire ministry was to empower believers with the unshakable faith of eternal life in Christ. The basis for this foundational truth lies in:
1. The unchanging promises of God. Over and over in his gospel and letters, the apostle declares God’s assurance of never-ending life. For example, he quotes Jesus’ promise of eternity in John , , and -30.
2. The unconditional love of God. Our Father loves us so much that He wants an everlasting, intimate relationship with each one of us. To accomplish this, He demonstrated His love in a remarkable way: by providing our salvation at a great price (Romans 5:6-11; 8:33-39).
3. The finished work of Christ on the cross. By offering His life as a substitutionary sacrificeon our behalf, Jesus provided the means ofsalvation once and for all. Our part is to acceptthe gift He so freely gives (Hebrews 10:23-28).
4. The witness of God’s Spirit to our heart. Our Father places His Holy Spirit within everybeliever to testify to the truth of our salvation(Romans 8:15-17).
Scripture tells us that we can have complete assurance of our salvation in Jesus Christ. Does your day-to-day life reflect this confidence?
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