1 John 5:11,12 - Eternal Life is a Relationship with Jesus.
1Jo.5:11,12: Eternal Life is a Relationship with Jesus.
1 John 5:11, 12 (KJV)
And this is the record,
that God hath given to us eternal life,
and this life is in his Son.
He that hath the Son hath life;
and he that hath not the Son of God
hath not life.
Whoever believes in God's Son has eternal life. He is all you
need. You don't need to 'wait' for eternal life, because it begins the
moment you believe. You don't need to 'work' for it, because it is
already yours. You don't need to 'worry' about it, because you have been
given eternal life by God himself--and it is guaranteed. [Life
James 2:19 ..... the devils also believe, and tremble.
And we know they are lost; So what kind of believeth is this
that is required for salvation?
Believe Or Faith: Trusting commitment of one person to another,
particularly of a person to God. Faith is the central concept of
Christianity. One may be called a Christian only if one has faith. Faith is
what we believe, it is Christianity itself, but primarily it is the
relationship we have with God through what Jesus accomplished in His death
and resurrection. [Holman Bible Dictionary]
Missing Heaven by 18 Inches
Does this title startle you?
How can anyone get so close and yet in the end hear the Lord
say, "I never knew you: depart from me''?
However, this will be the terrible result of many in our
churches today who are professing Christians, often with responsible
positions, but who have had only a head acceptance of the Lord Jesus
Christ. Tragically enough, even teachers, preachers and religious
workers are not exempt from the possibility of this chilling
The distance between the head and the heart is 18 inches.
Unfortunately, a head--intellectual--knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, fully
knowing and giving mental assent to the plan of salvation, without also
a heart acceptance that brings the personal relationship that the
Bible demands, avails nothing to any man.
Listen to Paul's heart cry concerning Israel as he spoke under
the guidance of the Holy Spirit, " For I bear them record that they
have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge." He was speaking
about misdirected efforts, energies expended in the strength of the
flesh but not under the direction of the Holy Spirit. The lack of
power today in many of our churches as well as the lack of power today
in the lives of many professing Christians can be laid directly to
It is only as we see ourselves in the mirror of God's Word as
without excuse and without hope, utterly lost and undone, that the truth
of the Scriptures convicts us, for the Bible clearly reveals that
this is how God sees man.
Then, when the glorious truth of the gospel brings us to
recognition of our own sinfulness, and in true repentance we cry out to God
asking forgiveness and help, asking Him to come into our hearts, not
our heads, we experience the new birth.
Jesus Christ said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no
man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
The Bible also tells us that "He that hath the Son hath
[eternal] life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.''
Furthermore, the Bible promises "That if thou shalt confess with
thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God
hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the
heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession
is made unto salvation."
Christ wants your heart, not just your head because "The Lord
seeth not as man seeth, for man looketh on the outward appearance, but
the Lord looketh on the heart."
It is vitally important that you make sure it is not just head
knowledge and mental assent you have given to Jesus Christ. He needs the
complete surrender of your heart and life so that you may be truly born
Eighteen inches can mean an eternity with Christ or an eternity
without Christ. Are you sure of your personal relationship to Him? Why
not settle the question in your heart once and for all right now?
Paul W. Empet, American Tract Society, P. O. Box 462008, Garland.
Oh, to think what Christ is, what He did, and whom He did it
for, and then not to believe Him, not to trust Him! There is no
wickedness like the wickedness of unbelief! [Dr. Heugh by Charles
Spurgeon; Time with God devotional SB]
How much is "eternity"? Suppose Adam were here, he would be
only about 6,000 years old now, only a second compared to eternity.
And suppose he had commenced counting 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc. when he
was born 6,000 years ago, and had counted at the rate of one a
second for all those years until now - he would still have to count
another 25,000 years to finish counting a trillion! Do you realize what
God is offering when when He says, I will give you eternity?
[Pastor L. T. Nichols (1844 - 1912)]