Assurance and Eternal Life
This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God,
and Jesus Christ whom You have sent (John 17:3)
The life of God in the soul is not temporary but eternal. Some think that the life of God in the believer’s soul may die out; but how, then, could it be eternal? If it die it is not eternal life. If it be eternal life it cannot die.
Learn, then, the doctrine of the eternality of life given in the new birth. It must be eternal life, because it is “the life of God.” We are born again of the Spirit of God by a living and incorruptible seed. Surely, this means that we receive an undying life; for immortality is of the essence of the Life of God.
He has life in himself, and the Son has life in himself, and of this life we are the receivers. If it be the life of God which is in a believer—and certainly it is, for he has begotten us again—then that life must be eternal. As children of God, we partake of his life, and as heirs of God, we inherit his eternity.
Beloved, our Lord Jesus Christ calls the life of his people eternal life. “I give to my sheep eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand” (John 10:29).
It is not temporary life, but everlasting life. This is the life of Christ within the soul. “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” “I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). “When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then you also will be revealed appear with Him in glory” (Colossians 3:4).
If our life is Christ’s life, we shall not die until Christ dies. If our life is hidden in him, it will never be discovered and destroyed until Christ himself is destroyed.
Let us rest in this.
~ Charles Spurgeon
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