๐Ÿ‘‘ A New View of Eternalย Life

โ€œPaul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of Godโ€™s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviourโ€ย (Titus 1:1-3).

How does Paulโ€™s special revelation add to our understanding of eternal life?

Eternal life isย notย simply living forever, as non-Christians will be perpetually conscious in Hell and the Lake of Fire (Matthew 25:41; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9; Revelation 14:9-11. The Lord Jesus Christ defined eternal life in John 17:3:ย โ€œAnd this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.โ€

As the Bible describes it, eternal life is intimate fellowship with Father God and His Son Jesus Christ. Our communion with Father God depends on Christ as Mediator:ย โ€œJesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by meโ€ย (John 14:6).ย โ€œFor there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not; ) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verityโ€ย (1 Timothy 2:5-7).

With the Apostle Paulโ€™s ministry, God revealed a special type of eternal life. It involved a new species of mankindโ€”the Church the Body of Christ (see Ephesians 2:1-22). They would indeed enjoy Godโ€™s life, butย notย in anย earthlyย kingdom (as with ministries previous to Paul). Instead, they would be the expression of Godโ€™s lifeย in the heavenly places. When we trust Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour, we immediately obtain eternal life. However, sin prevents us fromย fullyย experiencing Godโ€™s life (for now).

โ€œLooking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good worksโ€ย (Titus 2:13,14). source

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[…] In what sense was Paul the master-builder of the Church, and what โ€œfoundationโ€ did he lay? Did he not himself say that โ€œother foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christโ€? Yes, he did โ€” and in this very passage! He sought to lay no other foundation than Christ, but God had chosen him to proclaim Christ in a new way. […]

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