The Beginning of Eternal Life


Daily Bible Reading – Isaiah 65,66; Psalm 62; John 3

Today’s Key Passage – John 3:11-21

 

The check is in the mail.  I will get back to you.  I will sign the contract.  We have all heard promises like these before – promises of some future event.  For most of us, we have learned to doubt statements like these based on past experience.  Even when we trust the people making these promises, it can still be easy for us to worry that they will come through for us in our present circumstance.   This distrust in man can sometimes leak over into our relationship with God, causing us to distrust Him.  Many of God’s promises for us refer to future events.  For example, God promises that He will bless us and our families (Psalm 115:12-15), and that He will provide for all of our needs (Philippians 4:19).  Of course, the difference between the promises for future events made by man and the promises made by God is that God always keeps His promises.  If God says He will come through for us, we can be sure that He will.  Sometimes, though, we do not have to wait for God’s promises to come true.

In today’s key passage, we find perhaps the most well known verse in the Bible.  In John 3:16, we read, “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.”  Though we have all heard this passage many times in our lives, if we are not careful we can easily misinterpret what Jesus is actually saying.  When we think of eternal life, we might wrongly think of a future event.  We think of eternal life as something that happens either when we die or when Jesus returns.  The truth, though, is that Jesus is not making a promise to us of a future event in this passage.  Note that Jesus does not say that whoever believes in Him “will have” eternal life sometime in the future.  The truth of the Gospel is that we receive the free gift of eternal life at the moment of salvation.  If you have accepted Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, then you have already received this gift.  Praise God today for the promises He will keep in your future, and the ones He has already kept.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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