Dear Junior: today’s communication word is “ik” (short for “I know”)
What is there to talk about, you may wonder. In my last letter I have already written about the difference between “I don’t know” and “I know” and the importance to be truthful. Today we look at what we must know to make the difference.
As you will be getting ready for baptism I perceive the need here for a revision on this subject. What we know as believers really counts in heaven.
First we must understand what it means by eternal life. Unlike what you may have been taught previously, it means more than going to heaven one day. According to Jesus it means here on earth you can enter the Kingdom of God with Him. Here I quote from pastor Andrew Wommack in his lesson on Eternal Life: “Some people would say, “Eternal life is living forever in heaven versus living forever in hell.” But eternal life is just what Jesus said in John 17:3—to know God and Jesus Christ. It’s more than an intellectual knowledge. This word “know” is used throughout Scripture to describe the most intimate, personal relationship that you can have.”
“The real purpose of salvation is not living forever in heaven, as great as that will be. The real purpose of salvation is to have intimacy—a personal relationship with the Lord God. There are multitudes of people who have cried out to God for the forgiveness of their sins but have never had intimacy with God as a goal.
“There are some people who are living in such a literal hell right now on earth. Many are depressed, living in poverty, dealing with strife, rejection, hurt, and failed marriages. People are just trying to survive day to day. They are just trying to keep their heads above water. By making salvation something that deals only with the future, many people put off that decision because they are too busy just trying to survive today.
The truth is that Jesus not only came to affect our eternal destinies so that we can live forever in heaven in blessing instead of the punishment and curse of hell, but Jesus also came to deliver us from this present evil world (Gal. 1:4). Jesus came to give you intimacy and a personal relationship with God the Father today.
Jesus came to bring you back into close, personal relationship with Him. Jesus loves you. Jesus wants to know you personally. Jesus wants to give you a quality of life that is greater than anything you could obtain through any other source.
“Jesus put it this way in John 10:10: “The thief [speaking of Satan] cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (brackets mine). God wants to give you eternal life. God wants to give you abundant life, and I believe that you need that today—that you want that. Christ died not only to forgive your sins, but to bring you close to him. If you don’t know the Lord, you need to know Him for that purpose. If you’ve already been born again, you need to go beyond just getting your sins forgiven and enter into everlasting life with the Father. ”
Facts about Eternal Life
A. The purpose of the Gospel is eternal life. (John 3:16). B. Eternal life is knowing God. (John 17:3). C. Knowing God is an intimate relationship. (1 Cor. 6:16-17). D. Eternal life is available now. (1 John 5:12). E. God wants a personal relationship with you. (Rev. 3:20).
I pray your spiritual eyes open as you read the words of God. To me eternal life is the life I live now in Jesus. It is a new way of living. When I received my baptism (with the Holy Spirit and with water) my perspectives changed. I became a new creation. Knowing Jesus intimately is like knowing a most best friend who will never betray you or hurt you or abandon you or reject you…It’s like being anchored on the most solid solid rock. You will never need to fear anymore.
Love of God from an ancient one.