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What is eternal life all about? John 17:1-11 makes it clear that, as far as Jesus is concerned, eternal life is not about duration. It’s about knowing the true God. Those who are keeping God’s word by looking to Jesus in faith have eternal life. They have received God’s word. They are perfectly secure in Christ.
Eternal life is the way God brings glory to himself. He is not content with his people simply getting along in this world fairly well. He is not content with his people being kind or generous. He is not content with his people living a number of happy years here. God brings glory to himself by giving his people what they could never gain on their own. He gives eternity. It is not earned by our merit or by anything else we do. It is God’s good pleasure.
This should inspire us with confidence. Do we wonder that we are accepted in Christ? What if we had a false assumption? What if our faith was not genuine? The question of the passage is not whether our faith is genuine. It is whether God’s choice is genuine. John presents us with a God who has made a very genuine choice to redeem his people. This is the great good news of eternal life.
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