By Mike Gendron
"I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life" (First John 5:13)
Eternal life is a free gift of God (Romans 6:23). Without this wonderful gift mankind faces eternal separation from God and everlasting punishment (Second Thessalonians 1:8) because God is holy and righteous (Habakkuk 1:12) and must punish sin (Exodus 34:6, 7). Everyone has sinned and falls under the judgment of God (Romans 3:10, 23). The penalty for sin is death (Romans 6:23). God's righteousness demands perfect righteousness to enter heaven (Matthew 5:18) and we can come to God only through Jesus (John 14:6). Jesus lived a perfectly righteous life as He obeyed (Hebrews 7:26) and fulfilled the law of God (Colossians 2:14).
Since it is impossible for us to become righteous, God offers us the righteousness of Christ as a gift (Romans 5:17). Jesus paid the death penalty we deserve for our sin (Roman 5:8). The gift of eternal life is free to us because Jesus paid such a great price for our redemption (Titus 2:13-14). The gift of eternal life can only be received by repentance (Acts 3:19) and faith (John 3:36). God's gifts are irrevocable (Romans 11:29). Salvation is available to those who receive it by grace (Ephesians 2:8-9) and not by righteous deeds (Titus 3:5). Those who attempt to earn acceptance before God by their own works nullify the grace of God (Romans 11:6). Those who receive the gift of eternal life are adopted into God's eternal family (John 1:12) and nothing can ever separate them from God's love (Romans 8:28-29).
Have you ever personally received God's gift of eternal life? If not, why not repent from your dead works (Hebrew 6:1) and receive this precious gift with empty hands of faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). Then find an evangelical church that will help you grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, our wonderful Savior.