This Is Eternal Life

C. Hayden
It is always wonderful to read the Word of God. These words were written down by men, but inspired and yes, dictated by God Himself as he spoke to men dedicated to Him. The words printed in red in our Red-Letter editions are especially sweet as they indicate the dialogue of Jesus with others as He spoke
words of life to all who would listen. In one such instance, Jesus prays to His Father God just before His arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane. He said these words in John 17:1-3,
“…Father, the hour has come.
Glorify Your Son, that Your Son may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
What did Jesus say? This is what eternal life is, “knowing God?” When God rescues us and we become “born-again”, as Jesus termed the phrase, along with the gift
of eternal life we are actually given access to God with the express right to know Him. Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
What a privilege it is to actually be able to come to Him at any time of the day, every day, and pour out are hearts to Him and then listen to what He may say to us. Through the Word of God and prayer, we come to know Him personally as our Lord and our Father in fellowship with Him. In this way, not only do we have eternal life reserved for us, but we have eternal life NOW, enjoying communion
with God as one of His children slated to live forever in His Kingdom. J.I. Packer authored a wonderful Christian classic titled, “Knowing God.” Packer takes the reader through the journey via God’s Word to knowing God for yourself. I recommend this text highly and hope you take advantage of this classic book. He knows you, now it is time that you get to know Him!
Be blessed even more!!
Pastor Chris

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