How do I know if I have eternal life?


By BibleAsk Team

What is Eternal Life?

The concept of eternal life is a central theme in the Bible and is often associated with the idea of everlasting existence in the presence of God. Different religious traditions may interpret this concept in various ways, but in general, eternal life in the Christian Bible is seen as a state of being in communion with God that transcends physical death.

In the New Testament, particularly in the teachings of Jesus Christ, eternal life is frequently mentioned. For example, in the Gospel of John (John 3:16, NIV), Jesus says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” This verse emphasizes the idea that faith in Jesus leads to eternal life.

The Apostle Paul also wrote about eternal life, linking it to the concept of salvation through faith in Jesus. In Romans 6:23 (NIV), Paul states, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” According to Christian theology, the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is believed to offer redemption and the promise of eternal life to those who believe in him.

In summary, according to the Bible, eternal life is a gift from God that is obtained through faith in Jesus Christ, and it represents a state of everlasting communion with God beyond physical death. Different Christian denominations may have variations in their interpretations of this concept.

Who has access to Eternal Life?

The Lord wants His children to know that they have eternal life. He says, “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:13).

By a simple self-examination in light of the Scriptures, you should be able to know whether you are saved or lost. Do you believe that Jesus is your personal Savior, that He died to pay the penalty for your sins (Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21)? Are you trusting Him alone for salvation? Are you willing to repent from all of your sins and obey His commands by the power of His grace? If your answer is yes, then you are saved!

So, believe in the Lord for He had proved His love for you at the Cross. “For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Nothing more could be asked of God. For “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).

Christianity is based upon knowledge, reason, and the assurance that if you accept the grace of God and are faithful and obedient to Him, He will save you from your sins. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9). God Himself promised salvation to the faithful “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Revelation 2:10). God does not lie.

And you can have the assurance from Christ’s own Words that you are saved in His love. He promises, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand” (John 10:28-29). And it is from such knowledge that you receive the “peace of God that passeth all understanding” (Philippians 4:7).

But keep in mind that being saved is an ongoing journey. Therefore, abide in the Lord daily through the study of the scriptures, prayer, and witnessing. Jesus said, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me” (John 15:4). And the Lord adds, “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned” (verse 6). 

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In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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