Superannuation is a system of investment intended as a package to provide for you while you are in God’s waiting room – retirement. It’s the reward for a life well lived, a time for putting your feet up -because you made it. But what good is superannuation to me if I die tomorrow, all of that investment wasted, maybe I should have spent it while I was alive.
Eternal life is often viewed in the same way, a package that provides for you after you die. A reward for sticking at it, a time to indulge one’s self after the grind of life is over, but what if I die before I am old ?
John 5:24 says ” He who hears my words, and believes in Him who sent me has eternal life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life“. Spiritually, you did die before you are old.
Eternal life begins the instant we place faith in Jesus. It is not a reward that we get at the end for a life well lived, it is a reward we get right now because of His life well lived. At the moment we place faith in the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross a line is drawn in history, our old life comes to a sudden end and we are instantly re-created in Christ. At that moment we become new beings, people who are in inseparable union with the maker of the universe. Two spirits melded into one, never again to walk alone, never again to be sustained by the best the world can offer (even superannuation), ‘for we died, and our life is now hidden with Christ in God’ -Col. 3:3.
It is very important that we recognize that this spiritual death has taken place – my sinful nature was nailed with Him on the cross, and I was born again into righteousness. Now that we have grasped this truth, we can live our lives from a completely difference source. No longer dependent on our own resources to provide a happy life for ourselves, now drinking daily from the river of life, now sustained by the one who made everything and holds every atom in place by his word. This is eternal life, and the moment you believe in Him you are transported to this new existence.
And when we die, we will see Him face to face, and He will say “I know you,I gave you eternal life when you were younger, haven’t we had a great time together”.