John 17:3(KJV) ‘’And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent”
One of the reasons God saved you is so that you can enjoy the privilege and benefits of knowing Him. Salvation isn’t just “insurance” from hell’s flames, neither does God intend that you receive forgiveness for your sins and then merely survive until heaven. Salvation is so much more! “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3). Salvation is getting to know this awesome, wonderful, loving God for the rest of eternity!
Jesus came to give you eternal life. The idea that salvation is merely “fire insurance” came from the church putting a period where the Bible only has a comma. It’s not “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish” period. So many preachers stop here and emphasize salvation’s by-product of missing hell and totally ignore God’s primary purpose— “but have everlasting life.” You were saved for intimate relationship with your heavenly Father and His Son! Jesus came because He loved you! He didn’t come as a dutiful Creator under some sense of obligation to rescue His wayward creation. Christ’s motivation was pure love, and anyone who loves has a need to be loved in return! God’s compassion for you in your lost condition and His passion to restore you to fellowship with Him was combined into a sacrificial love that endured the cross. With the barrier of sin forever removed, you’ve been freed to receive His love and to love Him in return!
The relationship Adam and Eve lost has now been restored to you. “Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father” (Gal. 1:4). Jesus didn’t just save you from a future evil world (hell); He also delivered you from this present evil world, according to the Father’s will. You are now able to walk and talk with Him!
Get to know God! “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Ps.16:11). “Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” (1 Pet. 1:7-8). True joy and happiness in this life come from your intimacy with God. Knowing Him is eternal life!
—George Evuarherhe Djorhogba
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