Christians Have Eternal Life (Without Beginning or End)
Why is that important – Because it clarifies whose life we have been given. It’s not Everlasting (with beginning, but no end) – because that would just be your life, prolonged.
The idea that Christians have eternal life is sadly overlooked by the church and it causes us to fail to understand what we really have been given. What does the word “eternal” mean? It means WITHOUT beginning or end. God is eternal. We all know that as Christians we have everlasting life (no end) but did you know that we also have life without a beginning? The life we received when we put our faith in Jesus is not our life prolonged, but Jesus’ life in us. We get His life! That’s what God sees when He looks at us. Jesus. Not our old self and our current battle with sin.
Let’s go back to the word “eternal”. How can I say you had no beginning? I could only say that if the life you now live is Christ’s life. Yes, that’s what you have and this is not just symbolic.
[1 John 5:13] These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have ETERNAL life.
[John 10:28] and I give ETERNAL life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.
Eternal life is about a life that was lost in the garden, and how that life is NOW restored to us in Jesus Christ. It’s a flesh life. It’s a Spiritual life. The new Spirit you have been given is Jesus.
So it’s really important that when we say we have eternal life that we realize not only what we have been given but also WHO we have been given. We have a person. We have Jesus living in us. It’s the life you now have!
In Galatians 2:20 Paul said “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Again, this is NOT symbolic. The old you is dead. The new is here. God does NOT see your struggles with sin when He looks at you. He’s sees His son. This is why I can so boldly say we can’t out sin the grace of God, or where sin increased grace abounded all the more (Rom 5:20).
Thanks be to God for our new life in Jesus!
Author: Mike Cynar
Mike Cynar grew up in church and observed that countless people would go to church and then just stop. The church always referred to them as ‘fake Christians’ or ‘backsliders’ but Mike discovered the problem was deeper. The problem was the church message. The message was 90% behavior improvement and how bad you are, with a pinch of who you are in Christ, It was like every sermon was being preached to the church of Corinth. It’s in the Baptist church, Catholic, Pentecost, and most every other church. After discovering the true gospel message and how we are made right with God because of what ‘Jesus did’ (not what ‘we do’) Mike set out to free believers from behavior improvement programs and bring them back to Jesus. The Result – Jesus Without Religion was launched.