- God is a loving Father to us.
- But more than just being a Father, He wants to be a friend.
- A friendly father is any day better than an unfriendly one.
The bible says in [John 3:16 – NKJV]
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”
In this verse God says:
1. He loves the world, by ‘world’ he means us, the people of this world.
2. He gave us His only begotten Son
3. Whoever believes in God will not perish
4. Whoever believes in God will have everlasting life.
What is everlasting life?
Some say “life after death”, “living forever in heaven” or “living forever with God after his life on earth”
Let’s see what the bible says about this.
[John 17:3 – NKJV]
“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent”
- Everyone lives forever, physical death does not mean ceasing to exist; our soul and spirit continue to live.
- We could live with God or separated from God after physical death.
Eternal life means having or possessing a life with the knowing of God and His Son Jesus.
- This knowing is not mere intellectual knowledge, but an experiential knowledge. E.g. I know how to operate or drive a car, but does that mean I know how the car works? No, but only someone like a car mechanic or engineer who has an experience with various parts of the car machinery knows how a car works.
- So no matter how much I tell you about God and my experience of God, it is mere intellectual knowledge to you. You have to experience God yourself to know Him.
- This kind of experiential knowledge means having intimacy with God, a personal relationship with Him which is daily growing and is alive.
- Eternal life begins right now and right here on earth.
The world makes a mockery of marriage by saying, ‘Once you marry, you get to experience hell on earth’.
One can experience hell on earth in this life, but one can also experience heaven on earth and that is the experience of eternal life which means living in His kingdom from the very moment you begin to have a relationship with Him.
Jesus died not only to save us from and forgive us our sins but also to enable you and me to have a relationship with Him.