All Have Eternal Life

The oldest known icon of Christ PantocratorSaint Catherine’s Monastery. The two different facial expressions on either side emphasize Christ’s dual nature as both divine and human.

If you have ever heard a sermon preached on eternal life, then you probably heard it taught that only those who trust in Jesus have eternal life. Have you ever thought, based on the scriptures that this teaching is only partially right?

The bible talks about eternal life in many places. Matthew 19:16, Matthew 19:29, John 3:16, John 5:24, Acts 13:48, Romans 5:21, Jude 1:21, and many more.

We place our trust in Jesus, and stop trusting in ourselves in order that we may receive eternal life. Only the finished work of Christ on the cross allows us to live with God in eternity. Did you notice the wording; Christ’s work allows us to live with God in eternity? That is a very important distinction that I will come back to shortly. We allow Jesus to be Lord of our lives…we grant Him control and we follow His direction. We acknowledge our sins, and through the redemptive work of Jesus we can be forgiven. Then we must repent of those sins, meaning that we do not commit them anymore, and we are truly sorry for what we have done wrong.

We of ourselves can do absolutely nothing to obtain eternal life…or can we? Is there anything we can do to obtain any form of eternal life? What do you think about this?

If we who trust in the Lord have eternal life with Him, (and we do) what happens to those who do not trust in the Lord? Do these people just pass out of existence? Knowing the answer to these questions is pretty important.

Lets say that you do not believe in God. You as an unbeliever will also have eternal life. Yes you read that right; unbelievers will have eternal life as well as Believers. Maybe eternal life is the wrong term, how about eternal existence? Remember that before I stated that those who are safely hidden in Christ would have life everlasting with God. Those who do not believe will also have life everlasting, it just will not be very pleasant. It will be an eternal existence without God. Can I support these views? Yes I can…

 

John 3:36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”

Notice the text says those who reject the Son will not see life, but it also says God’s wrath will remain on them. It does not say that God’s wrath will remain for a while, it says remains…meaning without ending.

Matthew 25:46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” The context here is the time of judgment before the throne of Christ. He will separate the sheep from the goats; trust me on this…you want to be one of the sheep.

Mathew 25:41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. Eternal fire, I think that is pretty clear, don’t you?

 

Matthew 18:8 If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire.

Revelation 20:10 And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night forever and ever. The devil is of course Satan, and it is worth noting that the false prophet is human…and they will be tormented forever.

 

Revelation 20:14-15 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the same thing as the lake of burning sulfur. Note that even death and Hades are thrown in the lake of fire. Then all unbelievers are also thrown in the lake of fire.

Jude 1:13 They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever. Another aspect of hell…

We have eternal life, those of us who trust in Christ and have made Him Lord of our lives and serve Him. Those who do not serve Him have a pretty grim future. Do we not as Believers have an obligation to teach this truth? People may not want to hear it, but that does not make it any less true. People need to know the consequences of their decisions.

If you choose not to follow Christ, you are choosing to place yourself into a very unpleasant eternal existence.

Some will say that they will just die, yes you will die, and then be resurrected to an eternity of punishment. Some will also say that they will at least have company, no actually you will not. The lake of fire is not going to be a social club; it is going to be a very unpleasant place of punishment…forever. You will be alone in the dark…suffering. These are not my words, but the bibles.

Accept Christ; receive peace now, and eternal life with God. The sheep have a Shepherd…the goats do not.

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A prodigal for many years, I eventually found my way back to Jesus through several difficult trials. I write with the hope that I can bless others who have struggled as I have. I seek through Christ to present the truth, and lead others to the cross of Calvary. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. There is no other. In 2014 Greg Holt founded The Olive Branch Report, a premier Christian news service. Please visit Greg Holt on the web: Inspirational Christian Blogs, The Olive Branch Report & The Heavens Declare His Glory
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6 Responses to All Have Eternal Life

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  2. mtsweat says:

    Moses declared before the children of Israel, “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, FOR HE IS YOUR LIFE and the length of your days…”

    Essentially the Bible declares that Jesus is the LIFE. Either eternal life will begin now for us… or eternal death will continue. We were not created for time, but for eternity. This is the first day of the rest of eternity for all of us. Choose life! Good words, friend. God bless.

  3. ptl2010 says:

    ChristianBlessings exists not only to bring the good news of the gospel of peace but also to relay the news of choice for hell and damnation. Yes it is a choice whether you choose a blissful life in heaven or eternal damnation in hell. It is YOUR choice. You cannot blame anyone if you find yourself in hell for you now know that it is your choice to make between eternal life in heaven or eternal damnation in hell.
    We pray that all who read these words will choose life rather than damnation. Choose life – choose Jesus Christ for your own sake. It will be terrible to be damned forever. To do nothing is still a choice for damnation.

  4. I clicked the “Like” button, because I like to see that someone is not afraid to ‘tell it like it is’ – but I found myself thinking “How can I ‘like’ this when it is about people spending the whole of eternity in total darkness, alone and in torment?” It is hard, but it is truth, and no doubt when we are in our eternal home, we will see the absolute justice given to those who rejected the love of God.

    If one does not YIELD to the LOVE of God
    and be CHANGED by the GRACE of God
    there remains NO WAY to ESCAPE the WRATH of God.

    • writinggomer says:

      I understand what you are saying and respect your point, I agree with you completely. It is awful that these people who don’t believe will suffer for all eternity. That is why we need to try to reach them as you know. This is a hard truth….

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