Eternal Life

“Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won’t last forever. We must take it or leave it.” – C. S. Lewis

My Story

One day, when I was a boy, I took the chance. I placed all my eggs in one basket. The fate of my eternal soul, as much as I could grasp the idea, was place in the control of a Man I had never seen in person, nor had heard with my ear, but I believed loved me and died for me.

Today, as a man, I can use words I never knew back then, such as justification, atonement, and propitiation. But the simple truth that lead me to surrender my heart and soul to this Man can still be explained with simple words…words written thousands of years ago… “For God so love the world, that He gave…

What did God give?

Do you know what a gift is? Sure you do. It is something you give to another when you care. It is something you give with no expectation of payment in return. It is best when it is something that required some sacrifice, but it was a joy to purchase. It means even more when you know the gift was something needed, but unexpected.

A gift is something that is received. I have a friend that has no more family, so for Christmas he goes out and buys things for his self, wraps them, and places them under a Christmas tree. On Christmas morning, all alone, he opens them. How sad is that? Those are not real gifts – he bought them!

According to God, as written in His Word, the Bible, eternal life is a gift. That’s right, a gift. In the letter to the Romans we read that the “gift of God is eternal life…” (Romans 6:23). God is offering it to you for the taking. He is offering it to you for free! But it wasn’t cheep. It cost Him a whole lot – it cost him his Son.

God loved the world so much, that He gave his only begotten Son…” (John 3:16). Why did God give his Son? Well, so that you and I could be rescued from the eternal penalty we owe for our sins – our breaking of God’s laws. Our lies, our lusts, our broken promises, you name it: all of these things are sins. Each one deserved separation from a holy God. But God “so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son (Jesus), that whosoever [puts his whole faith] in Him, would not perish (be separated from God), but have eternal life.

Why did He give it?

All men and women have broken God’s laws. And even though you may have not actually committed murder, or robbed a bank, or abused a child, James 2:10 (RSV) says, “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.” So, you see, we need a Savior. We need the Gift that God is offering. Won’t you accept it?

The whole verse in Romans (6:23) goes like this: “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.” This is why C.S. Lewis said those words above. Eternal life is a gift, but it will not be offered indefinitely. You see, all of us will die, one day. Hebrews 9:27 says that it “is appointed unto man once to die; but after this, the judgment.” One day we must either give an account for our lawbreaking, or rest in the fact that our account has already been settled by putting our faith in Jesus.

“From death to life”

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24 NIV).

Jesus also said, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him” (John 3:36 NIV). And to those that put their faith in Jesus, he said, “I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand” (John 10:28 NIV).

The Apostle John wrote, “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:11-12 NIV).

The Invitation

What can I say about the greatest gift ever, especially in a thousand words or less? I can’t cover all the bases, answer every question, or defend every point – but I can offer you Jesus.

Have you been searching for meaning, for hope, for unconditional love, for eternal life? Give your heart to Jesus. Make Him the Boss of your life. Confess your sins to Him, repent of the things that caused Him to have to die so that you could have life, and cross over “from death to life.” For “whosoever shall call upon the name [Jesus] of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).

You could even pray a prayer, in your own words, similar to this: “Dear Jesus, I believe you are God’s Son, and that you died for me, and rose again, that I might have eternal life. I know I have sinned, and I confess. I also confess that I cannot earn heaven on my own. I need You! Please take my life. I give freely give it to you. Be my Lord, and my God. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer, honestly, and from your heart, then I would love to hear about it! I am sure many others would love to hear about it, too! If you accepted God’s gift of eternal life, let the world know in the comment section below.

If you would like to talk with someone, there is a phone line open 24 hours a day. Call 1-800-NEED-HIM (1-800-633-3446). Someone will be happy to show you how to be sure you have eternal life. Don’t wait.

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16 responses to “Eternal Life

  1. Abe Markley

    I stumbled across your sight accidentally while researching something. I am thankful for the most part for what I have seen written. On your ‘eternal life’ section though, I must confess I was disappointed. You suggest people search the Scriptures to discover truth yet when you give your invitation you advise them to do things the Bible never says for salvation: “Give your heart to Jesus. Make Him the Boss of your life… You could even pray a prayer.” Where does the Bible say to do any of these things? It is simply faith in the finished work of Christ that is the key. Please consider the following written by Trevor McIlwain:
    “The Gospel is not man accepting Jesus as his Savior, but that God accepted the Lord Jesus as the perfect and only Savior two thousand years ago. The Gospel is not man giving his heart or his life to Jesus, but that Christ gave His life, His whole being, in the place of sinners. The Gospel is not man receiving Christ into his heart, but that God received the Lord Jesus into Heaven as the mediator of sinners. The Gospel is not Christ enthroned in the human heart, but that God enthroned the Lord Jesus at His right hand in Heaven.
    Do we see the great distinction between these two messages? One is subjective and puts the emphasis on what man must do. The other is objective and puts the emphasis on what Christ has already done. The sinner is only to trust in what has already been done on his behalf. The Lord Jesus cried, “It is finished.” He did it all. He took upon Himself the load of sin, the full responsibility for the sin of mankind. Because Christ paid the complete debt, God raised Him from the dead and accepted Him into Heaven. The resurrection was God’s sign to all that He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ forever as the perfect Savior. God is satisfied. Is the convicted sinner? Will he rest the whole weight of his soul’s salvation on Christ’s acceptance by God as the perfect Savior? Will the sinner cease once and for all trying to do anything to save himself? Will He trust only in God’s Son for salvation?”
    All a person needs to do is hear the truth of the Gospel and trust in it. No prayer, no confession, no accepting Jesus into the heart. These things are our own traditions. Please search the Scriptures and see if these things be so. Otherwise, love what I have read on the blog!

    • Abe, thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your input. I would say, though, that we are probably more on the same page as one may think.

      It is late. I have a cold, a hurting Achilles tendon, and I need some sleep. But I just want you to know that I will give you a more detailed response,
      maybe tomorrow. In the meantime, if one makes a decision to take up his cross and follow Christ, does he not make Him his Lord? I understand where you are coming from. I also believe in a tangible expression of one’s belief, which could be the act of confessing Christ before men. If nothing else, praying a prayer could be understood as a moment of taking up the cross.

      If you read enough of my stuff you will know that I do not believe salvation is of man, but God. I believe that we can agree on that. On the other hand, I know man must bear the responsibility for either accepting or rejecting Jesus.

      Anyway, I’m rambling. Thanks again for your comments.

    • Anonymous

      He dwells in your heart by faith because you opened the door when he knocked. 🙂 GOD BLESS YOU.

      Ephesians 3:17, Revelation 3:20

  2. randy sledge

    Anhony ran into your blog by pure acccident and im glad i did. Keep up the good work God bless you

  3. Who else is more important in this life? He is our only hope. Even through the darkest days, He is there. Thanks for reminding us.

  4. Keep up the good work, I read something on Kenneth Copeland’s devotional this week. God wants us to come to unity of faith, not necessarily doctrine. While I appreciate what Abe posted, I think we all get the point. IMHO, what matters is that hearts are turned to Him, we’ll polish off the doctrine bit later…
    God bless you for what you are doing and for daring to share, God must be glad He has someone like you lighting up your corner of the world for Jesus.

    • Thank you so much for the encouragement. I really appreciate it.

      If you don’t mind, though, could I do a commercial for doctrine? Believe me, I understand where you are coming from on the topic of unity, but let me, as a pastor (the preacher in me is showing), encourage you to remember that faith without true “doctrine” can be false faith.

      Take a look at the book of 1 Timothy, for example. Paul uses the word doctrine at least 8 times, even saying, “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee” (1 Timothy 4:16). False doctrine doesn’t save; it destroys.

      I hope this doesn’t come across as a rebuke, for I do not intend it that way. I just feel compelled to clarify my position. As Paul told Timothy in his second letter, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears…” – 2 Timothy 4:2-3

      Really, I do appreciate your thoughtful words of encouragement, and I hope you continue to visit. God bless!

  5. An idea is an Idea. The present one may be right or wrong. Here I do not enter into the absurdity of arguing that as the world rushes on, the truth always survives. Rather, it seems to me that an idea that happens to be true, or more precisely, as near to truth as any human idea can be, and yet remains generally intelligible–it seems to me that such an idea carries a special and often fatal handicap. The majority of men prefer delusion to truth. It soothes. It is easy to grasp. Above all, it fits more snugly than the truth into a universe of false appearances–of complex and irrational phenomena, defectively grasped. Thus, one embraces delusions–have always embraced delusions–as an antidote to a complex, irrational world. I have wish to rob people of the world of virtue, their spiritual consolations and their hope of heaven.What, however, is so offensive is the elevation of these beliefs to the dignity of man’s highest levels of culture and the pollution and crippling of the minority of our civilization who see the depth of the mystery and power of this world by a type of intellectual disease from below. While Christian theology has collapsed as a serious concern of educated men. The mob–the most ruthless of tyrants–has been virtually unshaken in its beliefs 7 days of creation, a flood as a penalty for the sins of man, Noah saved the last boa constrictor and the prairie dog, Lot’s wife turned into a pillar of salt–these ideas are for the most part confined to the great body of ignorant and credulous men, like the beliefs of magic and apparitions. But the ethics of Christianity continues to enjoy wide acceptance, with a kind of fury that the world would vanish into chaos if they went the way of the revelations supporting them. In this fear, I believe that in this state of terror some more judicious men encouraged an absolutely new Christianity cult–purged of all the supernaturalism superimposed upon the older cults by generations of theologians, harking back to what may have been perceived by Mr. Baker as the pure ethical doctrines of Jesus. This cult still flourishes, and not unsurprisingly as man becomes an empty shell, idly drifting along in borrowed and superimposed opinions–nothing more than a robotic materialist product of mass media: wearing the clothes he is told to wear, acquiring the sham and valueless appearances of value, the cult of prosperity and youth (for what purpose?), valuing the mask of a pathetic absurdly of conformity in the guise of individual freedom, imprisoned in the shackles of mass opinion and fear . And how hopeless and senseless life has now become, There is no more detestable and empty creature in nature than the man who runs from his true unique self. Even the interactions of man are between a man who is all exterior without any core, a decrepit, painted, puffed up garment, a ghost.
    There are indeed methods of finding oneself but not the paths of those who would point to a distant mountain of his choice and convince his disciples to walk the same path–the “true path”–but at the cost of yourself. There is a path that is unique for all and on which no one but you may pass–where does it lead? Do not ask–follow it. A man never rises to greater heights than when he does not know where his way may lead him. Let each person ask himself looking back on life, “What have you truly loved, what has drawn your soul, what has energized it and made it joyful? Each has a fundamental law of his true self. To ignore this, to ignore the fact that we have but one life, as something unique, as something which, combining in this time, out of incredible diversity, once, and no more, the inexplicable fact that we live today, that an infinity of time was needed for us to come into being, that we possess only a brief today to discover and stand fast to the purpose for which we came into being, just at this time, this should give us tremendous strength. We must account for and justify ourselves.

  6. First, I would like to again emphasize that I do not here advocate the invalidity of the ideas expressed by Mr. Baker, and mean him no disrespect.
    I also wish to clarify two important typographical errors. In line 11, second word, after the word “have”, the word “no” (I have no wish to…); and
    3 lines up from “the 7 days of creation” should be corrected to say “those who see the mystery and power of this world [the word “by” is an error]; and should be replaced by the word “as”.
    I hope you are open to a free exchange of ideas Mr. Baker, and those who find what appears to be genuine comfort in your words. You do seem to be what I describe as a true educator, which is nothing more than a liberator.

  7. Alan Richardson

    If you believe the scriptures, Galatians 1:6-10, 1Cor. 4:17 hopefully they will shed some light on the gospel. 1Cor. 15:1-4 seems to be the clearest answer as to why Christ came and what He did. The words “the gospel” in verse 1 and “by which also ye are saved” in verse 2 appear to be a declaration and not a maybe, hope so or could be. “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.” 1Cor.15:20. Abe Markley’s comment is right but without scripture to affirm the truth. I pray you will add these to your salvation/eternal life page. Thank you and may God bless you richly.

  8. Thanks for commenting, Alan.

  9. Your ballpark…I like your homerun.

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