1 John 5:11, 12 - Eternal Life Is A Relationship With Jesus.

1 John 5:11, 12: Eternal Life Is A Relationship With Jesus.


1 John 5:11, 12 (NIV)  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 (AMP)  And this is that testimony (that 
evidence): God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who 
possesses the Son has that life; he who does not possess the Son of God 
does not have that life.  


Hath life. That is, eternal life referred to in v. 11. This life 
begins with the Christian's new birth, and is continued in the world to 
come. Those who cultivate the friendship of Jesus come to share in His 
character. In this way, having the Son guarantees having the life that 
never ends. [SDA Commentary] 


Living Selfishly or in Relationships of Harmony

To live for self is to perish. Covetousness, the desire of 
benefit for self's sake, cuts the soul off from life. It is the spirit 
of Satan to get, to draw to self. It is the spirit of Christ to 
give, to sacrifice self for the good of others. COL259 

John clearly states that our relationship with the Son 
determines whether we possess eternal life. [Nelson SB] 

Eternal life is available only through Jesus Christ because it 
is only God's to give. If you do not know Jesus, you have no hope 
for eternal life. [Disciple SB] 

Eternal Life Is A Relationship From The Heart And Not Just Head 

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. 
Texas 75046 

Eternal Life Is A Relationship That Must Be Personal 

God Can Never Be A Grandfather! God will never have any 
grandchildren. In other words, you are not a member of God's family simply 
because your parents were. Your father may have been a respected 
minister and your mother a devout Christian, but your relationship to God 
must be firsthand and personal. Unfortunately many factors obscure 
the necessity for that personal decision. Somehow we have come to 
identify Christianity with our culture and assume that anyone born in 
"Christian" country is a Christian automatically. Or we take down a dusty 
family Bible and trace a rich religious heritage-Baptist, Catholic, 
Presbyterian, or whatever-and assume our Christianity by virtue of a family 
tree. But God has no grandchildren. Christianity cannot be inherited. 
To be a member of God's family, you personally must become a child 
of God: All who receive Christ and believe in his name (trust him 
to save them) he gives the right to become children of God (from 
John 1:12). The Bible emphasizes that to become a member of God's 
family (a Christian), you must personally trust Jesus Christ as your 
Savior. "For now we are all children of God through faith in Jesus 
Christ" (Galatians 3:26). Nothing erases the necessity of that personal 
decision, for the Bible passes judgment on all of us-whatever our 
parentage, culture, or religious background. "Every one has turned away; 
all have gone wrong. No one anywhere has kept on doing what is 
right; not one" (Romans 3:12). "All have sinned; all fall short of 
God's glorious ideal" (Romans 3:23). If you want to become a member of 
God's family, you must personally be born into it: All those who 
accept Christ as their Savior are reborn-not a physical rebirth 
resulting from human passion or plan-but from the will of God (from John 
1:13). A decisive step is necessary-admit your need of forgiveness and 
then trust Jesus Christ who died for your sins. Only then are you a 
child of God. He forgives your sins, actually declares you "not 
guilty" of offending him (Romans 3:24), and welcomes you into the 
family. We want to welcome you too! Today. [Have a Good Day; Sept.98] 

Eternal Life is Truly a Relationship With God

Dear Child,
I watch you laboring and fretting and anxiously striving to 
achieve things for me and my kingdom.  Hear me.  Your work is not my 
primary concern.  Your work is now, has always been, and always will be 
secondary to your relationship with me. 
What you do will flow out of your relationship with me as 
irrigation streams flow out of a deep, clear, powerful river.  The river 
(the relationship) will set your motives and supply your strength.  
Then your work will flow forth to honor me.  Any time you allow your 
work to come ahead of your relationship with me, you risk working 
against me and my purposes. 
Draw near to me and rest.  Seek my will at every small turn.  
Listen for my voice.  Be filled with my Spirit.  Then work with joy and 
abandon! The Source of your power, God [PostCards from Heaven by Claire 
Cloninger re Pro.3:5, 6] 

Eternal Life Begins As A Belief Relationship

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 Application 

Eternal Life Is A Faith Relationship

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] 

Eternal Life Is A Love Relationship

When you are born of God, you are born to love (vv. 1-3). You 
will love the Father who gave you life and the Son who gave His life 
for you. You will also love His children, for you all belong to the 
same family. When you are born of God, you are born to win (vv. 4-5). 
Your first birth made you a sinner and a loser, but your second birth 
makes you a conqueror. The world wants to entice you (2:15-17) and the 
devil wants to seduce you (Gen. 3:8), but Christ will give you the 
victory you need if you trust Him..... As you abide in Christ, you 
experience His love and care. [Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by 
Warren Wiersbe] 

Eternal Life Is A Relationship Of Assurance

There are very few things in this world that we can be sure 
Becky Schmidt, our friend and our pastor's wife went to the 
doctor for a regular checkup--and discovered she had cancer. She's 
responding well to treatment. But suddenly the whole world of Richard and 
their three boys was shaken. 
Karl Klammer left the north to take a job here in Florida. The 
family sold their home, loaded their possessions in a U-Haul truck, and 
headed south. The day after he got here, the company he was to work for 
declared bankruptcy, and shut down operations. 
Last Saturday night a junior in our local high school was on her 
way to work. Another car went through a stop sign, struck her 
vehicle, and killed her. 
Assurance--that confident assurance about ourselves and our 
future--is something that this world simply does not offer. 
Yet, right now, you and I can be absolutely sure, if we believe 
in Jesus, that we have eternal life. We can be completely confident 
that God listens to our prayers, and that as we ask according to His 
will, the answer is assured. 
The circumstances of our life on earth will always remain 
uncertain. We can be assured only of the reality, and the wonder, of our 
relationship with God. [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] 


All the kids called him "Grandpa." He was a plumber with an 
eighth-grade education. But no one was more articulate about Jesus Christ 
than Grandpa Craig. 
Kids from all over spent a lot of time with Grandpa--eating 
popcorn in his living room, having Bible studies, praying, just 
"shooting the breeze." No matter where the conversation wandered, though, 
Grandpa would always bring it around to Jesus. 
Whenever we were talking about school or dating or the future, 
Grandpa would say, "That reminds me of something Jesus said....." or, 
"That's just like when Jesus......" and he would reveal new insights to us 
about Jesus. 
Grandpa's life was filled with the reality of Jesus' presence. 
On Saturday afternoons, we would sometimes take long walks with 
Grandpa. He would point to the countryside and say, "Now, that's Jesus' 
way of showing us how much he loves us. He made all these things for 
us to enjoy." 
Grandpa saw Jesus in everything around him. "See how the sun 
goes down so faithfully every evening?" he would ask. "That shows how 
faithful Jesus is to us. Just like the sun, he never lets us down." 
When anyone wondered how to act toward a new kid in school, 
Grandpa would ask, "How would Jesus act if he were in school?" Problems 
with parents? "What would Jesus do in your shoes?" His advice was 
always simple: "Focus on Jesus. Figure it out from there." 
In the same way that Grandpa experienced Jesus in everything, 
John 1:1-18 reminds us that Jesus is central to everything. [Youth SB 
re John 1:1-18] 

I recall reading some years ago in a newspaper article about an 
old man who carried a small can of "3-In-One Oil" with him wherever 
he went.  When he passed through a door that squeaked he squirted a 
little oil on the hinges.  If a gate was hard to open, he oiled the 
latch ... and thus he passed through life lubricating all the 
squeaking places, making life more pleasant for those who came after him 
... an unusual procedure, yet he derived a great deal of pleasure in 
doing it. 
We see others doing similar deeds like this by planting 
flowers/shrubs along the roadway or picking up litter, planting trees in 
unsightly places or like the good neighbor this Christmas who decorated a 
tree along the railroad to enhance the area with a little beauty. 
In our lives, there are many opportunities for us to perhaps 
spread a little oil of kindness where it will make a big difference in 
a small way.  There's no telling how many lives we may keep from 
rusting and squeaking, how many gates to happiness we may oil that will 
make a life a little easier.  Pastor Fate Thomas 

His name is Bill.  He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes 
in it, jeans and no shoes.  This was literally his wardrobe for his 
entire four years of college.  He is brilliant.  Kinda esoteric and 
very bright.  He became a Christian while attending college. 
Across the street from the campus is a well-dressed, very 
conservative church.  They want to develop a ministry to the students, but 
are not sure how to go about it. One day Bill decides to go there.  
He walks in with no shoes, jeans, his T-shirt, and wild hair.  The 
service has already started and so Bill starts down the aisle looking 
for a seat. 
The church is completely packed and he can't find a seat.  By 
now people are looking a bit uncomfortable, but no one says 
anything.  Bill gets closer and closer and closer to the pulpit and when 
he realizes there are no seats, he just squats down right on the 
carpet.  (Although perfectly acceptable behavior at a college 
fellowship, trust me, this had never happened in this church before!) 
By now the people are really uptight, and the tension in the air 
is thick. 
About this time, the minister realizes that from way at the back 
of the church, a deacon is slowly making his way toward Bill.  Now 
the deacon is in his eighties, has silver-gray hair, a three-piece 
suit, and a pocket watch.  A godly man, very elegant, very dignified, 
very courtly.  He walks with a cane and as he starts walking toward 
this boy, everyone is saying to themselves, you can't blame him for 
what he's going to do.  How can you expect a man of his age and of 
his background to understand some college kid on the floor? 
It takes a long time for the man to reach the boy.  The church 
is utterly silent except for the clicking of the man's cane.  All 
eyes are focused on him. You can't even hear anyone breathing.  The 
people are thinking, the minister can't even preach the sermon until 
the deacon does what he has to do.  And now they see this elderly 
man drop his cane on the floor.  With great difficulty he lowers 
himself and sits down next to Bill and worships with him so he won't be 
alone.  Everyone chokes up with emotion. 
When the minister gains control he says, "What I'm about to 
preach, you will never remember.  What you have just seen, you will 
never forget."  Author unknown 


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]