Eternal Life . . . Now
John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
The phrase everlasting life usually only speaks to us of the duration (quantity) of that life. Other teachings in the Bible reveal a far greater quality of that same life. There are many parts of salvation that are to enjoy right now.
John 10:10b: . . . I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Robert Brown in his book The Bible Speaks to You: Eternal life is not something that begins at the moment we die. Eternal life is a possibility here and now. To the degree that the life of the individual is oriented toward God in Christ, he is living eternally. He is experiencing in a fragmentary form that quality of life which is deathless, which, rather than being terminated by the moment of physical death, will be released at that moment to continue in a richness and fullness unimaginable to us. We can thus have foretastes, hints and guesses, about eternal life, because eternal life is a partial reality here and now.
Billy Graham in World Aflame: There are three ways that I may know that I have eternal life: objectively, because God*s Word says it; subjectively, because of the witness of the Spirit within; and experientially, because little by little as time goes on I can see the experiential working of God in my life. It is a slower process than I would like, but it is a process. Therefore I can say: I know.
Robert R. Ketcham: When a sinner comes to the Lord Jesus Christ and surrenders his life to Him, Jesus Christ enters into a contract with that soul to build in him a Christian superstructure that will be a thing of spiritual beauty.
In the third century, Cyprian, the Bishop of Carthage, wrote to his friend Donatus: It is a bad world, Donatus, an incredibly bad world. But I have discovered in the midst of it a quiet and holy people who have learned a great secret. They have found a joy which is a thousand times better than any of the pleasures of our sinful life. They are despised and persecuted, but they care not. They are masters of their souls. They have overcome the world. These people, Donatus, are Christians . . . and I am one of them.
Chuck Colson: The kingdom of God is a kingdom that comes not in a temporary takeover of political structures, but in the lasting takeover of the human heart by the rule of a Holy God.
William Cowper in Experiencing the New Birth: In an instant I believed, and I received the peace of the gospel. Unless the Almighty arm had been under me I think I should have died with gratitude and joy. My eyes filled with tears, transports choked my utterance. I could only look up into heaven, in silent fear overwhelmed with love and wonder.
The new birth defined by Oswald Chambers: Being born again is an unmistakable work of God. As mysterious as the wind, as surprising as God himself. We do not know where it begins. It is hidden away in the depths of our personal life. Being born again is a perennial, perpetual and eternal beginning. A freshness all the time in thinking and in talking and in living. The continual surprise of the life of God. Staleness is an indication that something is out of joint with God. Being born of the Spirit means much more than we generally take it to mean. He gives us new vision and keeps us absolutely fresh for everything by the perennial supply of the life of God.
George Mueller: I was converted in November, 1825, but I only came into full surrender of the heart four years later, in July, 1829. The love of money was gone, the love of worldly pleasures and engagements was gone. God, God alone became my portion. I found my all in Him. I wanted nothing else. By the grace of God this has remained, and has made me a happy man, an exceedingly happy man, and it led me to care only about the things of God. I ask affectionately, my beloved brethren, have you fully surrendered the heart to God, or is there this thing or that thing with which you are taken up irrespective of God? I read a little of the Scriptures before, but preferred other books. Since that time the revelation He has made of Himself has become unspeakably blessed to me, and I can say from my heart, God is an infinitely lovely Being. Oh, be not satisfied until in your own inmost soul you can say; God is an infinitely lovely Being!
Salvation is a momentary miracle that lasts forever.
Scores of changes in a human heart and life are wrought by the hand of God when an individual puts his/her trust totally in God.
An incredible part of becoming a Christian is the fact that we were enemies of God who are now His friends.
Romans 5:10: For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
John 15:14: Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
Unbelievers do not know God. Believers have now begun to know Him.
Galatians 4:8: Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
John 17:3: And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
The forgiveness of sin that happens in the mind of God makes a huge difference in the heart and life of the one forgiven.
There is no vacuum in salvation. God replaces everything you lose or give up or he takes away with something better.
Salvation means one has been saved from the penalty of sin and the power of sin and will one day be saved from the presence of sin.
A saved person has different thoughts, feelings and responses to God, self, others, the Bible, the World, sin and death.
Salvation is an attitude adjustment.
Salvation is a change in direction (repentance) and purpose (serving God).
It has been said that every man, woman and child has a God-shaped vacuum in his/her heart. Salvation is having that vacuum filled.
Salvation makes the problems of this life seem so much smaller because we are able to see them from God*s perspective, the perspective of eternity.
Salvation produces in believers an increasing knowledge and remorse over the evil sins we have committed both before and after our salvation.