The Only True Life

By T.M. Moore - Posted at The Fellowship of Ailbe

Eternal life - not what you do, but Whom you know.

“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
- John 17.3

Wherefore we beseech Thee that we may know the thing we love, since we pray for nothing other than Thyself to be given to us; for Thou art our all, our life, our light, our salvation, our food, our drink, our God.
- Columbanus, Sermon XIII, Irish, 7th century[1]

A certain amount of confusion exists among the followers of Christ these days as to the nature of eternal life. Every believer agrees eternal life is a good thing, but just what eternal life consists of is not alike clear to all.

Some consider that eternal life means going to heaven when they die. Considering the alternative, this is of course a very good thing.

Others would say it’s that glorious sense of having the burden of guilt lifted off their backs, together with the knowledge they are forgiven. Every day they can live guilt-free, knowing they are forgiven and loved.

Others would say, I suppose, that eternal life is the freedom to be themselves in Jesus, and to know that He affirms them just as they are. I hear this message from certain preachers and writers at times: Be all you can be in Jesus!

Now each of these perspectives contains truth about eternal life, but in themselves, or even taken altogether, they mean almost nothing. That is, one might profess to be a believer in Jesus and to have eternal life in one or another of these ways, and yet still not possess the true item.

Read more here...


Popular Posts