Do you want eternal life? I do.
I want the type of eternal life described in the Bible—an humanly unimaginable everlasting life bursting with love, joy, power. It's eternal life that comes at a time when “the dwelling of God is with men and he will live with them” (Revelation 21:3 Revelation 21:3And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
American King James Version×, New International Version). Who wouldn't want this?
While the Bible is quite plain that salvation is a free and unmerited gift from God and one that cannot be earned (Ephesians 2:8-9 Ephesians 2:8-9 8 For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
American King James Version×), Jesus also directly said that the road that leads to eternal life is a narrow one. What does that mean? Would you happen to know what that way is?
Let's read Christ's own words:
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14 Matthew 7:13-14 13 Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it.
American King James Version×).
Can we be a bit more specific from the Bible? And if only “a few find it,” do you and I even have a chance to receive eternal life?
The answer is yes to both questions.
In order to prepare ourselves to receive the marvelous gift of eternal life, we must humbly acknowledge both the awe-inspiring sacrifice and the power that made it possible. Here are the direct instructions from Jesus Himself. Let's review them carefully:
“Then Jesus said to them [His disciples], 'Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever'” (John 6:53-58 John 6:53-58 53 Then Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, has eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, dwells in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father has sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eats me, even he shall live by me. 58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eats of this bread shall live for ever.
American King James Version×, emphasis mine throughout).
As the Bible notes, this is a “hard saying.” The symbolic imagery is gripping and sobering. But make no mistake: Taking these symbols with understanding and commitment is an act that defines the narrow way that leads to eternal life. From the Creator of all life and all that is, this is the final word—through this act we humbly acknowledge Jesus Christ as our Passover, our Savior. In doing this, we reach across the ages to agree with the apostle Paul, who told a Greek gentile congregation in Corinth that “Christ our Passover was sacrificed for us “ (1 Corinthians 5:7 1 Corinthians 5:7Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
American King James Version×).
Yet for many, the accepting of Jesus as our Passover and taking the symbols of who and what Jesus is can be difficult. Is it for you?
Note that later in the same chapter when many of those who heard Christ quit, Peter acknowledged: “From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. Then Jesus said to the twelve, 'Do you also want to go away?' But Simon Peter answered Him, 'Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.'”
So many are needlessly confused about these symbols. This confusion can be amplified when we consider the finality of human death.
But we don't have to be confused or concerned if we just read the clear words in the Bible about the way that leads to eternal life and believe them!
Let's understand this critical fact: Christ established the New Testament Passover where He fulfilled the symbol of the lamb. Instead of a feast of roasted lamb, He instituted the meaningful symbols of bread and wine, representing His flesh and His spilled blood. We are instructed to take these symbols, thereby figuratively taking of Christ's flesh and blood and gaining access to life eternal.
This action represents an outcome of faith in Jesus Christ and in what those symbols picture. The evidence of this now-integrated faith is demonstrated by a transformed state of belief preceded by repentance, a changing of how we live. It is a commitment to a new way of life!
Why is this important? This is the season when we take the Passover , essential for eternal life. Are you prepared to receive the gift of life eternal?
Why not send for our free study aid titled The Road to Eternal Life . It will give you essential prerequisites to understand the hard sayings of Jesus Christ and find the joy that takes place when one embraces this understanding. Also, I invite you to learn more specifically about the Passover that Jesus Christ explained that we should take in order to have eternal life. You may be interested to know that we have been presenting an in-depth six-part series about the Christian Passover , which goes into rich biblical detail. Each presentation is one hour long and you can view them all online at www.ucg.org/beyond-today/six-steps-to-passover
Eternal life is at hand for you. The way is clear, and you are invited. Are you ready to receive?
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