“And this is eternal life, that they may know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.” (John 17:3 KJV).
READ: John 17:2-3, John 3:16, 1 John 5: 11-13, 2 Peter 1: 1-8
Knowing God is eternal life. This is why knowledge is stressed in scripture. The words “know,” “knowledge,” “known,” and so on are found 1,486 times in the Bible. All scriptures centers around the idea of knowing God and of conforming to His eternal will. Ignorance of Him and refusal to know and believe in Him are condemned many times. This is what will damn the soul.
To know God eternally is eternal life. Eternal life is not prolonged existence; it is eternal knowing of God in eternal and perfect correspondence and infinite environment. This life is only in God’s son. Thus, everlasting life is not merely everlasting existence.
Just as anything in nature lives to the full extent and as long as it continues in environment producing it’s life or keeping it from dying, so the believer lives according to his knowledge and appropriation of God by proper use of that knowledge. As all things in nature die when they cease to have correspondence with and utilize the environment which keeps them alive, so the believer dies and is separated from God when he ceases to live in God and appropriate by faith the benefits provided him on the grounds of obedience to the gospel.
Oh Lord keep me planted in correspondence to You. Don’t let my feet slip away from You, my God for You are my source, in Jesus name. Amen.