What Is Eternal Life?

The best way to answer the question about everlasting life is to break it into two.

  1. How can we be certain that God exists?
  2. How can we know there’s life after death?

As for the first question, we would be confident God exists if He revealed Himself to us. Second, we would know life extends beyond death if someone clearly came back from the dead.

Well, that’s exactly what happened! We don’t have to guess or wander around looking for the truth – because God has shown us the truth.

The Bible tells us something that is almost beyond comprehension: Jesus Christ came down and walked on the Earth as a man. He is God in human flesh. Jesus did it not only so we could know that God exists, but so we could know God and have a personal relationship with Him.

You can know God right now by committing your life to Jesus. God loves you, and just as surely as you could have known Jesus 2,000 years ago, you can still know Him today because He is alive and wants to come into your heart.

But we also know that there is life after death because Jesus Christ died and then rose again to life. Christ died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins, and He came back from the dead to show us we can be forgiven and have eternal life with God in Heaven. Without His sacrifice, our sins keep us separated from God. Someday, everyone who knows Jesus will be raised again and given new and glorious bodies, and we will be with Christ forever.

You can know—really know—God, and you can know the joy of eternal life right now by receiving the gift of God’s Son and committing your life to Him. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned” (John 3:16-18 ESV).

Do you want to guarantee your eternal life with Jesus?

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Step 1 – God loves you and has a plan for you!

The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”—a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10). But here’s the problem:

Step 2 – People are sinful and separated from God.

We have all done, thought or said bad things, which the Bible calls “sin.” The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The result of sin is death, spiritual separation from God (Romans 6:23). The good news?

Step 3 – God sent His Son to die for your sins!

Jesus died in our place so we could have a relationship with God and be with Him forever. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). But it didn’t end with His death on the cross. He rose again and still lives! “Christ died for our sins. … He was buried. … He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).

Step 4 – Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?

We can’t earn salvation; we are saved by God’s grace when we have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. Then turn from your sins—that’s called repentance. Jesus Christ knows you and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude of your heart, your honesty. We suggest praying the following prayer to accept Christ as your Savior:

"Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen."

Did you pray this prayer?