Eternal Life God created all things created (Acts 17: 24): “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25: Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 26: And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation… Eternal Life God created all things created (Acts 17: 24): “…27: That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28: For in him we live, and move, and have our being….” Eternal Life Jesus and life: Jesus spoke of eternal life (2 Tim. 1: 10, John 14: 6). Jesus is the author (John 11: 25, 26, 1: 4). Jesus presents eternal life as a fact and reality (Matt. 25: 46). “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” Eternal Life “Eternal,” Greek aionios: “Describes duration, either undefined but not endless or undefined because endless” (W. E. Vine). “16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3). Eternal Life “Eternal,” Greek aionios: In a sense, all, both lost and saved, have “endless life.” Consider Vine on “perish:” “The idea is not extinction but ruin, loss, not of being, but of well-being.” The lost shall go on forever, but not in a qualitative state (cp. Matt. 25: 46). Eternal Life “Perish” “Everlasting life” (apoletai) (aionios) “…ruin, loss, not The qualitative state in heaven, of being, but of joy that is beyond well-being” (cp. comparison (Matt. Mark 9: 42, 43). 5: 12). “Eternal (aionios) punishment” versus “life eternal” (aionios, Matt. 25: 46). Eternal Life Eternal life is of great urgency and importance! “And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” (Matt. 19: 16.) Eternal Life Facts about eternal life. Eternal Life False source of eternal life. John 5: 39 Eternal Life Eternal life is a gift from God. Romans 6: 23 Eternal Life Ordained to eternal life. Acts 13: 48 Eternal Life Recipients of eternal life. Romans 2: 7, cp. 8, 9 Eternal Life There are “words of eternal life.” John 6: 68 Eternal Life Some see what they think is a contradiction regarding when eternal life is actually possessed: Present possession – I John 5: 12, 13. Eternal Life “12: He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13: These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God” (I John 5). Eternal Life Some see what they think is a contradiction regarding when eternal life is actually possessed: Future possession – Titus 1: 2, I Peter 1: 4. Eternal Life “2: In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began” (Tit. 1). “4: To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you” (I Pet. 1). Eternal Life “Hence, not available in this life. Eternal life – the inheritance of the people of God – is not a present possession, but a promise, the realization of which much await our entrance into the world to come (Mark 10: 30…, Guy N. Woods on I Peter 1: 4, Commentary on the New Testament Epistles). Eternal Life “Those passages which apparently assert the possession of eternal life here…are to be understood as referring to it in prospect, and not in reality. The believer has eternal life in prospect and promise, but not in realization…” (Guy N. Woods on I John 5: 12, Commentary on the New Testament Epistles , compare I John 2: 25 with 5: 12, 13). Eternal Life Where will you spend eternality?