Christian Theology

Eternal Life

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The created world is but a small parenthesis in eternity.
– Sir Thomas Browne 

Eternal Life Defined:   Eternal life is, in simple terms, a life that doesn’t end.  “Eternity” refers to the life – in heaven or hell – after this present one on the created earth.   

Our sin condemned us to an eternal death of pain and suffering.  Those who accept Christ’s gift of salvation are granted an eternal life with Him. 

He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him. (John 3:36) (NAS)

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23) (NIV)

Did you know that in Psalm 136 alone, “His love endures forever” is repeated twenty-six times?  “Forever” is often used to describe many things about God including His reign, His throne, His protection, His faithfulness, and His name.  God gives us a “forever” choice.  As the verses above explain, one who believes in Christ has eternal life, but he who does not faces an eternal death.  

What does eternity look like?  Many people have questions about what Heaven will be like.  The book of Revelation tells us that God will be among His people there, and the that “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”  (Revelation 21:3-5)(NAS)

Eternal life in Heaven with God is the promise to all who accept salvation from Christ, believe, and follow Him on earth.  And heaven sounds like a pretty amazing place.


Originally published May 24, 2007.

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