Knowledge of Everlasting Life
By Brother Paul Montgomery
First John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. Keep this in mind.
Man has the desire to live forever. I can understand this. We have heard of the fountain of youth and many other stories like this. Man fears death and he would do anything to escape from it. Some think that this life is all there is. Some think that you can have everlasting life, but you have to do something to receive it. I think men just think too much.
I can understand why man fears to die, because sometimes I, too, do not wish to die there are things I have not done that I would like to do. But, also I am just afraid of dying. This is because of the carnal mind that I have. Knowing that some people donít have confidence in the resurrection, I see why they are sad and miserable. I am thankful that the Lord has given us the understanding, confidence, faith, and hope of the resurrection of our bodies. The joy of knowing about eternal life with our Lord is what I would like to write about.
OBEDIENCE OF ONE
I would like to mention a little about the subject of the promise of eternal life, the subject of the resurrection, and the subject of belief in eternal life. Before that we must understand what the Lord has done for us and how we are in the flesh today. We see that we are sinners, and we can read in Genesis how we became sinners. We see that the wages of sin is death. Romans Ď3:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ ours Lord. We do have the wages of sin within us, but, we also have the gift of God within us which is eternal life. This free gift came through Jesus Christ. Romans 5:19 For as by one manís disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
In second Corinthians 1:9: But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead. Now can we trust in ourselves? It was man who brought sin into the world. We have the sentence of death in us. We have sin in us and the wages of sin is death. How can we trust in sinful flesh? How can we trust in a sinful mind? If we trust in our self then we are putting our trust in sin. Brothers and sisters it is the Lord that raiseth the dead. It is the Lord that blesses us with the Spirit. It is the Lord that foreknew us. It is the Lord that predestinated us. It is the Lord that called us. It is the Lord that justified us, and it is the Lord that will glorify us.
You may ask why the Lord sent Jesus to die for us. The only answer I have as to why is because of His love, grace, and purpose. It was to make us righteous in his eyes. Second Timothy 1:9 Who bath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according Lo our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. Also in Ephesians we read that we are saved by Godís grace. I could get into that, but that is a long subject and a mystery to me. As John put it in First John 3:1, Behold, what manner of love the Father bath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.
TO BE ABSENT FROM THE FLESH
Now eternal life (as we look at. it) is not living in our bodies forever. For our bodies will be placed in the grave. If eternal life is just to live in this world in our sinful flesh what hope do we have? Going to Second Corinthians Chapter five: we read of this sinful flesh and that we wish to be absent from it, because in this sinful flesh we are absent from the Lord. If we are going to be raised from the grave in the same condition as before, we would be as sad and miserable as those who donít believe in the resurrection. This is because we would still be absent from the Lord and in this sinful body.
Sometimes the child of God is in the flesh, thinks in the flesh, acts in the flesh, and wants to live in the flesh. The fact that we are sinners is the reason for this. Second Corinthians chapter five starting with the first verse: For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, [talking about this body we live in] we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Reading on we see that we groan to be clothed with this house from God. In verse four and five we see that we are burdened: not be unclothed, but to be clothed with this spiritual body. We wish to get rid of this flesh that is sin, and for us to do this, we see in First. Corinthians 15:52 that our bodies must be raised from the grave and changed by God. Back to Second Corinthians in the sixth verse we see: Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord. That is why we sometimes wish to die, because in this body we are absent from God. When we live in the spirit we are not in a spiritual absence but, in a physical absence. When we live in the flesh and sin, then we have not used our spiritual mind as we should. We have turned our backs on God, but God has not turned his back on us. Hebrews 13:5... .1 will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Back to Second Corinthians Verse 8, We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Go to the tenth verse and you will see that we are all to appear before the judgment seat of Christ. Whatever we do while in our bodies whether good or bad Christ will judge. When we wrong and sin Christ is judging us of that sin. Have you ever felt bad when you have sinned? Christ is at that time judging you and condemning you.
Now go to the ninth verse and we see that.... we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. We want to do things right so we will be accepted by Him. Remember when you were a child and you wanted to please your parents? (If you are a child reading this, then remember yesterday or last week.) Our parents taught us the difference between right and wrong, so we wanted to do right to make our parents proud of us. But, it always didnít work out that way. It is the same with our Heavenly Father. We want to do what is right, but the temptation of the flesh keeps us from doing right some of the time. I am so thankful that we have a God who is rich in mercy. So knowing that we canít escape from sin because we are sinners, we see why we rather be absent from this flesh.
Jesus paid the price of our sins through the shedding of his blood. Now if this is true, and it is, why do we still sin? Jesus died on the cross and sealed our eternal salvation. By his death, God sees as righteous through Jesus Christ. Colossians 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight. In Godís eyes, we are blameless from our sins. But that does not excuse us from sinning. Though we are righteous in the eyes of the Lord, we are still in this sinful flesh. We still live in this sinful world. Therefore, we see again that we wish to leave this body and go Home.
I believe in two salvations and I hope you do too. They are eternal salvation and salvation in this time. We see that we are sinners, but we see that Christ died for us. We see that we live in this sinful world, but we see that someday we will die and our spirit will go home. We see that our bodies will go to the grave, but we also see that our bodies and spirit will unite on the last day and go Home to stay forever. This salvation in this time is continually reminding us of our eternal salvation. This salvation is a comfort to the child of God in this life.
There is more to say on this, but I would like to go on to the subjects of belief of eternal life, the promise of eternal life, and the subject of the resurrection. We see that we are sinners and that Christ died for, us. You must realize that you are a sinner and that Jesus died for you to understand the promise of eternal life. You must know that you are a sinner and that Jesus died for you to see the glory of the resurrection. You must know that you are a sinner and that Jesus died for you to have knowledge of eternal life.
PROMISE OF ETERNAL LIFE
The Lord has promised us eternal life. Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth son; and thou shall call his name Jesus for he shall save his people from their sins. Luke 1:33 And He shall reign Ďover the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Reading from John 10:27-29 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they shall follow me; and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Fatherís hand. Lets read this bit by bit. My sheep (the children of God) hear my voice. We know that the Lord Jesus Christ and the Father, and I know them, (we seek after the Lord) and I give unto them (his children) eternal life, this is a promise to us for eternal life, and they shall never perish We shall never be eternally separated from our Lord. Neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. No man can separate us from Jesus Christ, even ourselves. My father, which gave them me. This is the covenant that God made with Jesus... .is greater than all No one is greater and more powerful than the Lord our God. .. .and no man is able to pluck them out of my Fatherís hand therefore, if no one is more powerful than the Lord, then nothing can separate us from the Lord. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our lord, Romans 8:38, 39 There are many more verses that we can read, but letís go on.
By Brother Paul Montgomery ... Article from The Banner of Love
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