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Exploring the Essence of Eternal Life

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Now, we'll consider, John 17:3, “Exploring the Essence of Eternal Life”.

Open Bible To John 17:3

Let's begin, by reading John 17:3.

And this is life eternal, that they should know thee the only true God, and him whom thou didst send, even Jesus Christ.

Now, let's continue by, “Exploring the Essence of Eternal Life”.

John 17:3 is a profound verse that offers a beautiful and insightful definition of eternal life. Found within Jesus' High Priestly Prayer, this verse captures the essence of the Christian faith and the believer's relationship with God. Let's delve into the depth of this verse and explore its powerful implications.

The Context of the Verse

John 17 is a deeply moving chapter in which Jesus prays for Himself, His disciples, and all believers. This prayer takes place shortly before Jesus' arrest and crucifixion. In the midst of this, verse 3 stands out as a concise statement of Jesus' mission and the essence of eternal life.

The True Essence of Eternal Life

The verse begins with, “Now this is eternal life…” Often, when people think of eternal life, they think of an unending life that starts after physical death. While it does involve unending existence, Jesus provides a far richer and deeper definition here.

“…that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” According to Jesus, eternal life is about knowing God and Jesus Christ. The word “know” in the biblical context often signifies a deep, intimate, experiential knowledge, not just intellectual understanding. It implies a relationship.

So, eternal life is essentially a relationship with God the Father, through Jesus Christ. It's about having an intimate connection with God, getting to know Him, and living in fellowship with Him.

The Importance of Jesus Christ

The verse underscores the crucial role of Jesus Christ. Knowing God is made possible through knowing Jesus Christ, whom God has sent. Jesus is the perfect revelation of God, and through His life, death, and resurrection, He has made a way for us to have a relationship with God.

Conclusion: Living the Eternal Life Now

John 17:3 encourages us to understand eternal life not just as a future reality but as a present possession for believers. Eternal life—this intimate knowing and experiencing God—begins the moment we put our faith in Jesus Christ. It changes our perspective on our relationship with God. It's not about following a set of rules, but about knowing and loving God deeply.

As we reflect on this verse, let's remember that as believers, we are invited into a deep, intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ. This relationship is the essence of eternal life. Let's strive to know God more each day, understanding that this is the very heart of our faith and the key to experiencing eternal life here and now.

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