feast: The Gift of Eternal Life

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Given 09-Oct-20; 64 minutes

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Martin Collins, distinguishing between living forever and eternal life, points out that longevity does not necessarily equate to quality of life. Living forever while enduring pain lacks appeal. Most people would want eternal life only if it were vibrant, the kind promised to God's called-out ones in I John 5:9-12 and John 17:3—a life which springs from knowing the true God and living as He lives. Three basic truths about this species of eternal life include: 1.) It is not a prize anyone can earn, but a gift which 2.) only Christ can bestow and which 3.) one can presently enjoy as he prepares for his change from flesh to spirit. The greater quality of eternal life consists of 1.) peace. Because perfect love casts out all phobias, 2.) godly power to defeat frustration and gain victory over all circumstances, 3.) Holiness, meaning that which is set apart, a cut above everything else, cleansed from the infections of the world, 4.) the attainment of love to put an end to bitterness and hatred, and 5.) the permanent defeat of death. Eternal life does not merely consist of endless existence but of abundant life which only Jesus Christ can provide. To gain eternal life, God's called-out ones must unconditionally surrender to Christ, serving Him with undivided loyalty.


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