Many people think that eternal life is living forever. Well, the truth is, every person who has ever lived on the face of the earth will continue to live in spirit form. When a person dies they don’t cease to exist; their body decays in the grave, but their spirit and soul either go back to God, or they go to hell.
So, to say that eternal life is living forever is not the whole truth—everybody lives forever. John 17:3 says, “This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ” (John 17:3) This says that everlasting life is knowing the Father, the only true God, and knowing Jesus Christ, whom He has sent.
That’s what everlasting life is. This verse makes it very clear that eternal life with God is not automatically given to everyone.
Eternal life is knowing God, which also means that eternal life begins now, not after you die. Visit:
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