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Eternal Life

“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou have sent” (John 17:3; KJV).

What do you think of when you think of eternal life? I think most people would say it means life in heaven with God when we die and which even starts right here and now as we daily walk with Jesus. According to this verse eternal life means getting to know God. I assume that if we are going to spend eternity with God then we need to start getting to know him right now.

Obviously, that is not something we do just like that; we will spend the rest of our lives getting to know God. The Greek word for "know" is ginosko, which is coming to know God and his son in a personal way and experiencing Christ as our savior. We get to know God through his word, through prayer, worship and fellowship with him. No wonder Paul said in Philippians 3:10 that his major purpose in life was to get to know Jesus Christ more deeply and intimately, to share in his sufferings and to experience his life transforming power: “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death” (Phil 3:10).  As Christians that should be our goal too.

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