How Jesus showed us the importance of eternal life.

Scripture consistently represents Jesus as the Glorious Son of God.  The fact that Jesus came down from a position of glory where he was worshipped by millions of angels, indicates how seriously important eternal life with God is.  Jesus came to earth and paid the full price to save man, 

‘…you [the saints] were redeemed [bought out of slavery under the devil] by the precious blood of Christ, a Lamb without blemish or defect.’  1 Peter 1:18-19

What did it cost Jesus to come to earth and be crucified on our behalf?  Scripture does not elaborate on it.  Jesus mentioned His former glory and that He will go back to it,

‘Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.’  John 17:24

It is only in the book of Revelation, when Jesus was already back in heaven, that we get a better vision of the glory He had with His Father before creation.  

Glimpses of Jesus’ glory  

1.  He was no ordinary man, as seen on the Mount of Transfiguration, 

‘There He was transfigured before them.  His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.’  Matthew 17:2

2.  A testimony of His glory, 

“Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing, ’To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honour and glory and power, for ever and ever.’”  Revelation 5:13

3.  What John saw concerning Jesus, 

‘I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True.  With justice He judges and makes war.  His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His head are many crowns.’  Revelation 19:11-12a

4.  Jesus, as the Truth, testifies, 

I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.’  Revelation 22:16

5.  After His victory over Satan on the Cross, God bestowed honour and glory on Jesus,

‘…Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him a name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.’ Philippians 2:6-11 

Summary

Jesus left His place of Pre-Creation glory to redeem man.  Then He went back to even greater glory.  What does He remind us of that He left His Father’s glory to become the Son of Man and save us?   Eternal life is very, very important.  We are not to forget the Holy Spirit’s advice, 

‘…seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness….’  Matthew 6:33a

Then we also will witness Jesus’ glory!

Author: Gerard and Alida

As you can see in the photo, there are two of us. We live and work together 24/7, studying and enjoying our grandchildren. Our passion is to know and understand what will happen after death. Is there a way to provide for and invest in that?

2 thoughts on “How Jesus showed us the importance of eternal life.”

  1. Without the promise of ‘eternal life’ we would have nothing to live for, to what would we aspire? If not for the promise?
    The creation of man is not yet complete, without a full understanding of the knowledge of good and evil the promise remains in power, neither is it fulfilled. The promise fulfilled is man standing in the fullness of the stature of Christ.

    To walk in the promise, is to walk as Father does, to be as He is, think His thoughts, see the world through His eyes and thinking, as He does, speaking life into existance, walking on water, full of love, full of righteous compassion, the list that describes the nature of God’s character stretches into infinity, depicting His infinite power. Anyone has the potential to be as He.

    God deemed it a nessesary requirement for all men to understand the principals of good and evil. To become aware of good and evil we need to experience it firsthand, around us, in us through us, aimed at us.

    Knowledge produces fruit (experience). To know evil we need to have served darkness, that is the lack of, or no knowledge. Light is knowledge, and it reveals what is in the darkness.

    Being under the dominion of darkness is to be without knowledge. Men are born into the material ream without knowledge. Knowledge of good and evil are gained by interacting with and watching other men in the same darkness we are in.
    Generally speaking this is a cruel and violent place to be. Some of us find it a violent repulsive place to be in at times, and sometimes we behave violent abusive towards others as we serve the only knowledge we know.

    Otherwise man could not be like God himself.

    Man never fell, they turned away from fellowship with God, from His instruction, they chose to follow the desires of their flesh above the leading of the Spirit within.
    God knew that Adam and Eve would rebel against Him, He knows the past from the future.

    Uncovering the knowledge of good and evil, and then maturing that knowledge to fully understanding and knowing the principals that govern death and life, how they work.

    And then, (think about it) to weave this understanding into the words we speak, they become the very wisdom of God, full of life giving power.
    In this mode we literally clothe our mind with the ‘Spirit of life’ that was breathed into our flesh at the time of our creation, to become living Beings, made in the very image and likeness of our creator, we not only display the same mind and emotions as our Father, we release the same power that raised Christ Jesus from the dead. The same power that set into motion the story of creation.

    Every Word spoken by human lips, wield the power of life and death to the speaker within, the power to create or destroy. Father created the flesh with his own hands first, then He breathed of himself, His very own essence, the stuff he is made of, His Spirit, into human flesh.

    Ironically, the flesh resists the Spirit. We are the only beings in creation made in the image and likeness of our Father.
    We are the seeds of Abraham, the children of God Almighty.

    Jesus showed the way for anyone wanting to enter the promise of eternal life. Eternal life brings with it the concept of infinite possibilities. We are eternal beings with infinite possibilities hanging on the tip of our tongues.
    Bob Jones said it best when in one of the last messages he received from God for mankind, about 3 or 4 years ago, before passing on. He said God said to him in a vision.
    “DID YOU LEARN TO LOVE”
    That’s what qualifies entry, the holy grail of Christ, one could say. It seems too simple but consider the 10 commandments, we’re they not about love? And the fruit of the Spirit, they are all about love.
    Then the crucifixion of Christ, was that not the greatest demonstration of love, of all time. I can scarcely wrap my mind around that, wow!

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