The Certainty of Eternal Life

Most of us know that we are alive.  Although there may be some exceptions, generally it is pretty obvious that a person is living.  Even if they are sleeping soundly, you can generally tell that they are breathing.  From a distance they may not appear to be breathing, although for some of us, you can definitely hear us breathing when we are asleep.  We breathe loudly.  We call that snoring, and snoring is an indication of life.  So that is a good sign!

But spiritual life is not as easily discernible as physical life.  There are some people who do not know whether they are spiritually alive or not.  Some hope they are, but really can’t say for sure.  Others do not believe that anyone can really know for sure.

Is it possible to know you are spiritually alive?  Let’s allow the apostle John to answer this question.  “He that has the Son has life; and he that has not the Son of God has not life.  These things have I written  unto you…that you may know that you have eternal life…” (I John 5:12,13).

It is really rather simple.  If you have Jesus, you have life.  This means that our eternal life is dependent upon a personal relationship with a living Savior.  The whole reason John has been writing this epistle is so we may know that we have eternal life.  It is not a hope so endeavor.  It is a know so certainty.

Now the real question is: Do you know?  And the way to answer that question is to answer another question: Do you have the Son?  You can know that you are spiritually alive by your personal relationship to Jesus Christ.

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