Okay, let me settle something right now. Almost every person I have met and discussed life after death desires it. I have only met two people in my life who purported that they believe we die and that’s it. There is nothing after death. I submit to you that humans are eternal beings. God created us in His image. One of the attributes of God is that He is eternal. As someone has said God is the great I am, not the great I was! A.W. Tozer adds that “In God there is no was or will be, but continuous and unbroken is. In Him history and prophecy are one and the same. Whatever God is He is indefinitely.” Genesis 1 tell us…. Anyone existing before time began at the creation is eternal. As an extension of His being when He created us in His likeness, God intended for man to be eternal. In fact, Genesis 2 tells us “9 The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil….15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” Adam had the choice to eat of the tree of life or from the tree of death.
Like Adam, through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the choice of life and death has been restored to man. Through the Word of God, we can easily answer the question of Who Has Eternal Life?
9 We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son.11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
Before we address what John said in 1 John 5, let’s see how other texts answer the question of Who Has Eternal Life?
John 3:15 – 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”
John 3:16 – 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:36 – 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.
John 5:24 – 24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.
John 6:47 – 47 Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life.
John 20:31 – 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God,and that by believing you may have life in his name.
Matthew 25:46 – 46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
Daniel 12:2 – 2 Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.
Acts 24:15 – 15 and I have the same hope in God as these men themselves have, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.
Romans 2:7-8 – 7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.
Galatians 6:8 – 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
Who Has Eternal Life? God answers that question throughout the Word of God. Now, we see John, after penning the gospel of John, writing this epistle. His conclusions are the same. After all, we know that God inspired this writing as well as all scripture.
In 1 John 5, John’s assessment of Who Has Eternal Life? is consistent with all scripture and leads to the same answer.
“11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.“
If you do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God and evidence your belief through obedience to the scriptures, you do not have life because you do not have Jesus. John said, “10 Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. ” To reiterate, He who denies that Jesus is the Son of God who is the only one who can bring atonement for sin through His birth, death and resurrection is the one who does not have eternal life. He will go away to eternal punishment.
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