December 15, 2020 Daniel Harrison

Why Eternal Life Is For The Here And Now

Who will mediate?

Job cried out long ago, “If only there were someone to mediate between us, someone to bring us together” (John 9:33).

Reconciliation to our Creator has been mankind’s cry since the fall. And the yearning of our hearts to know Him confirms this reality.

Timothy answers the mediation question, “for there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).

But Jesus doesn’t just mediate man to eternal life. He also mediates eternal life to man, or simply put, a quality of that eternal life now.

Because eternity is not time-bound, “eternal life” isn’t something to have “someday.” It is a gift for the here and now.

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Jesus actually gives us a definition of what eternal life is, “this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (John 17:3).

The word, “know,” in this context, does not speak of head knowledge but intimacy.

When Jesus came to the earth, he not only reconciled us to God through forgiveness of sin, but he introduced us to a new environment, the Kingdom of God, where God’s presence is made known.

Through life in this Kingdom, we experience intimate companionship with God, and enjoy the Christian life he intends for us.  As Jesus stated himself, “I have come that you may have life and life more abundantly” (John 10:10).

So not just “life,” for eternity, but also “life more abundantly.” Hence, Jesus prayed that God’s will would be done “on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt 6:11).

Eternal life, then, is more holistic than mere forgiveness, or getting our names written in the book of life. It is the present reality of the Kingdom of God among us, which permeates every area of our lives.

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A Kingdom “At Hand”

Jesus’ message was singular through the gospels: “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is “at hand” (Matt 4:7).

In one sentence we see the human responsibility to turn from self and trust him, yet God’s promise to love, forgive, and accept us into his family—and his Kingdom among us.

The word “kingdom” means, “rule,” or “governance.” God’s kingdom is not limited to a physical realm like we would think. It certainly includes that. But his kingdom is a spiritual realm that impacts the physical.

It’s a reality that interlaces our day to day experience.

Furthermore, “repent,” means to change the way we’ve been thinking about God and ourselves—to reconsider our way of living. That we have lived self-centeredly, and we must accept the gospel and submit to God’s rule.

These words “at hand,” literally indicate that God’s kingdom is here. It is the present spiritual reality of his care interlacing our day to day lives (Psalm 23:1, John 1:4).

Intimate Companionship with God

This is where we see the gospel not in technical terms of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, but in practical terms of his actual rule and presence.

The good news of Jesus is not just about an eternal destiny, but a quality of that destiny now. There is life and renewal now available within the Kingdom of God among us.

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Throughout Scripture, the Bible has portrayed man’s relationship to God as an interactive and intimate relationship.

With Adam and Eve, God walked with them in the Garden (Gen 3:8). With Abraham, God called him a friend (James 2:23). Jesus, likewise, calls us his friends (John 15:15), and the Holy Spirit is our stand-byer (John 14:26).

But furthermore, the first person of the Godhead is our Father.

If you ever wondered why you should give Christianity any consideration, it’s not because it’s a better option on the menu of private practices of religion.

It’s because there is “an eternal kind of life now available to us within the present governance of God.” 1

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Comments (2)

  1. Anonymous

    Great theoligical discourse in the present reality of the Kingdom of God, which includes HIS Eternal life, both IN US & WITH US here on earth! Truly you’ve explaineded HOW the Lord’s prayer has been answered: “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”

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