What Does The Bible Say About Eternal Life? According to the Christian Eschatology, Eternal Life traditionally refers to continued life after death. Even the Apostles’ Creed testifies: “I believe… the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.” It is experienced in its fullness after the Second Coming of Christ. In line with the mainstream Christian Theology, after death but before the Second Coming, the saved live with God in an Intermediate State. After the Second Coming, they experience the physical resurrection of the dead and the physical recreation of a New Earth. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “By death the soul is separated from the body, but in the resurrection God will give incorruptible life to our body, transformed by reunion with our soul. Just as Christ is risen and lives for ever, so all of us will rise at the last day.”
Behold Brethren, God’s plan is not to abandon this world, but He intends to remake it. Upon doing this, He will raise all people to new bodily lives to live in it. Having this in mind, you can rest in peace with all hope that Christ will bring back to life all those who follow Him. God’s plans for us are the best as we can read from Jeremiah 29:11 – “I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for.” And for sure, the future we hope for is life everlasting in His presence through Christ. This scripture from Prophet Jeremiah clearly reassures us of God’s promise of everlasting life. And as we know, God’s promises never fail. He always does what He says He will do.
What Does The Bible Say About Eternal Life?
John 3:16 – “For God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who BELIEVES in Him may NOT DIE but have ETERNAL LIFE. For God did not send His Son into the World to be its judge, but to be its savior.” In simple terms, it is not God’s will that we perish. That’s why He sent His beloved Son, Jesus Christ to come and free mankind from sin. Although Jesus Christ had no sin of His own, He was handed to evil men who persecuted and nailed Him on the cross at Calvary for our sins. Christ willingly gave up His own life so that we may in-turn have life through Him.
God sent Jesus Christ to the Earth as the Lamb that takes away the sins of all those who come to Him through a sincere repentance, change of mind, and readiness to do good. Christ is the sacrificial lamb of God that breaks the spiral of sin that dates back to the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. On the cross at Calvary, He took with Him the sins of all those who come to Him and gives them eternal life in the presence of God Almighty. Anyone can benefit from this eternal life that God offers to mankind through Christ. In order to benefit from it, you’ll need to Sincerely Repent from your sins and start obeying the Key Teachings of Jesus Christ.
More on what the Scriptures say
What is eternal life?
It is not strange to hear people asking the question, “what is eternal life?” According to the Bible, eternal life is a special gift from God that comes only through Jesus Christ. Let’s support this spiritual truth by reading from Romans 6:23 – “For sin pays its wage – death; but God’s free gift is eternal life in union with Christ Jesus our Lord.” The gift of eternal life from God is in contrast to “death” which naturally results from sin. Eternal life is a free gift from God to all those who believe in Jesus Christ, who is Himself “the Resurrection and the Life.” Let’s support this by reading from John 11:25-26 – “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the Resurrection and the Life. Those who believe in me will live, even though they die; and all those who live and believe in me will never die. Do you believe this?‘”
The fact that the life that is offered by Jesus Christ is “eternal” means that it is perpetual life – that is, a life that goes on and on and on, having no end. An eternal life is not necessarily one which comes with an unending progression of years. Aiónios is the commonly translated New Testament word for “eternal.” It is wort noting that Aiónios carries the idea of quality and quantity. This is to say that eternal life is not necessarily associated with a number of “years.” We say this because eternal life is independent of time. It can function outside time, within time, and even beyond time. Hence, we can perceive eternal life as something that Christians begin experiencing in the present age through faith in Christ. Eternal life is not necessarily something that starts when believers die.
Experiencing Eternal life
Eternal life begins the very moment that a believer exercises faith in Jesus Christ. That’s why it won’t make much sense for believers to talk about waiting for the beginning of eternal life only after death. John 3:36 says, “Whoever BELIEVES in the Son has ETERNAL LIFE; whoever disobeys the Son will NOT HAVE LIFE, but will remain under God’s PUNISHMENT.” The focus on eternal life is not necessarily on our future, but on our present standing in Christ.
The Bible linking eternal life with Jesus Christ
The Bible inextricably links God’s gift of eternal life with the person of Jesus Christ. Let’s support this message by reading from John 17:3 – “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” Through this scripture, we clearly perceive Jesus Christ equating “eternal life” with a knowledge of God and of the Son. Hence, we can say without doubt that there is no knowledge of God without the Son, for it is through the Son that the Heavenly Father reveals Himself to the elect. Let’s support this Divine Truth by reading from John 17:6-7 – “I have made you known to those you gave me out of the World. They belonged to you, and you gave them to me. They have obeyed your word, and now they know that everything you gave me comes from you.”
What does the Bible say about Heaven, Hell, Eternal Life, and the Resurrection of the Body?
It is without doubt that everyone keeps wondering and marveling about how and what eternal life will be like in the last days. Although the Bible does not give us many details about this subject matter, it provides us with sufficient information to maintain our hope in Jesus Christ who is the life giving water from above. In addition, it clearly reassures us of an everlasting life in the presence of God through Christ who is Himself the Resurrection and the Life. That is, Christ will raise back to life all the dead for judgement. Those who will be justified in Him through their past thoughts, words and actions will be send to benefit from the highest level of eternal life in the presence of God while the wicked will be condemned and send to the lake of fire for eternal punishment.
It is reported that at death, we may enter an Intermediate State until the Second coming of Jesus Christ. It is upon His Second Coming that all who have ever lived will be resurrected for the final judgement. All those who are saved will receive new glorified bodies and given a place in the presence of God Almighty. On the other hand, the wicked will be cast into the fire of Hell. Many might want to know what is the intermediate state? In simple terms, the intermediate state is the time between a person’s death and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Due to the fact that the Bible has not clearly spoken on the intermediate state, there are many beliefs that have arisen with time. Below are some of the main beliefs worth knowing:
Continued life of the soul
According to a majority view among the Protestants, a person’s soul (or spirit) survives physical death thereby remaining conscious during the intermediate state. In addition, they believe that at the time of death, a person’s soul is separated or freed from his/her body (Revelation 20:4, Matthew 10:28, Acts 2:27). According to them, those who are saved will dwell in peace with God when they are in the intermediate state (Philippians 1:23-24, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-15, Luke 23:43, John 11:25-26, 14:23, Luke 16:22-24) while the souls of the wicked dwell in torment (Luke 16:23).
Similar to the majority of Protestant teachings on this subject matter is that of the Roman Catholic Church except for the fact that those who are saved will have to undergo a process of purification after death in order to achieve the holiness that is necessary to enter the perfection o Heaven and dwell in the Holy Presence of God Almighty. It is this purification process that is referred to as Purgatory. The process is inferred from the testing by fire as mentioned in 1 Peter 1:7, and 1 Corinthians 3:15, and the atonement for the death that is spoken of in 2 Maccabees 12:45.
On a few occasions, the Bible speaks of the death as those having fallen asleep. Let’s support this point by reading from the following scriptures: John 11:11-13 – “After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.” His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.” Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13 – “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.”
Acts 13:36 – “For when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his fathers and his body decayed.”
From the above mentioned scriptures, some few people believe that the souls of the dead are asleep and unconscious during the intermediate state. In addition, they believe that these souls will remain in this way until the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. However, the majority view on this aspect is different as many perceive that these references to sleep are just a figure of speech for death which is perhaps used to indicate that death is not the final end for those who are saved through Christ.
According to Jehovah’s witnesses, people do not have a soul that survives death. They teach that at death, a person completely ceases to exist until he/she is brought back to life at the resurrection of the dead. They use a few Old Testament citations to support this their belief (Genesis 3:19, Psalms 146:3-4, Ecclesiastes 9:5, 9:10). However, most Christians believe that the revelation of Jesus Christ and that of His Apostles pour more accurate light on this subject matter than the above mentioned Old testament Passages.
Resurrection of the Dead and Final Judgement
The Second Coming of Jesus Christ will initiate the resurrection of all the dead. Everyone including the resurrected dead and those still living will face the final judgement of God (Revelation 20:11-15, Matthew 25:31-32; Romans 14:10-12). Even those who profess the Christian faith will face judgement. In short everyone will be judged based on their past thoughts, words, and actions. The righteous who shall proceed from this judgement will be given eternal life in the presence of God Almighty while the wicked will be condemned to eternal punishment in the lake of fire (Matthew 5:29-30, 10:28, 18:8-9, Acts 24:15, Mark 9:43-48). John 5:28-29 says, “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his [Christ’s] voice and come out – those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.”
Inline with what the Bible says about eternal life, it is important to note that God will judge different people by different standards. He will judge depending on their knowledge of the Gospel, abilities, wealth, and the responsibilities that they were charged to accomplish. Luke 12:48 says, “From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.”
Heavenly Bodies (Analyzed in the light of Bible Verses About Eternal Life)
All those who will be judged and found righteous through Christ will be granted eternal life. In addition, they will receive new glorified, spiritual bodies that are up to some extent similar to our Earthly bodies and up to some extent different (Philippians 3:18-21, 1 Corinthians 15:50-55). Let’s support this fact by reading from 1 Corinthians 15:42-44 – “So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable, it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.”
What is Heaven?
In Christianity, the word “Heaven” is used to designate or refer to the final dwelling place of all those who are saved through Jesus Christ. It is portrayed as a place of perfection where people who have lived righteous lives through Christ will dwell forever in the presence of God Almighty. It is wort noting that in the Bible, heaven (or heavens) has several meanings. All the universe beyond the Earth refers to the physical heaven (Genesis 1:1, Revelation 12:3-4, Matthew 24:29). Heaven is the dwelling place of God Almighty (Deuteronomy 26:15, 1 Kings 8:28-30, Matthew 5:44-45).
Heaven and Earth will be brought to perfection or recreated upon the Second Coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This recreation will be done according to the Holy Will of God (Isaiah 65:17, 66:22, Revelation 21:1, 2 Peter 3:10-13). This new world will be the dwelling place for those who are saved through Christ (John 14:2-3, 1 Peter 1:3-4).
What is Hell?
In Christianity, Hell is the word which is used to designate or refer to the final dwelling place of people who are not saved. In simple language, it is portrayed as a place of eternal punishment for people who have lived wicked lives on Earth. It is important to note and understand that in the Original Bible Languages, there are several different words that translate or denote the abode of the dead or state of the dead. Many Bible verses translate these words as “Hell” thereby obscuring their distinct meanings. However, some newly translated versions of the Bible allow these words untranslated to preserve their distinctions and original meanings:
Hell in the Old testament
In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word Sheol was perceived as the dwelling place of all the dead, both righteous and unrighteous. This Hebrew word was conceived as the place beneath the Earth where all the souls of the dead existed in darkness, gloom, oblivion, and silence (Psalms 94:17, Job 10:21, Psalms 88:12). Let’s support this fact by reading from Ecclesiastes 9:10 – “Whatever your hand finds to do, do with your might; for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.”
Hell in the New testament
Hades is a Greek word that is equivalent in perception as the Hebrew word Sheol. This is to say that in the Greek version of the Old Testament, the word “Sheol” was translated as “Hades.” However, in the later Jewish writings, we perceive that the words Sheol/Hades were conceived as having different regions of comfort for the righteous and the divine punishment of the wicked.
Luke 16:22-26 says, “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’ “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.”
Coming from the Hebrew word ge-hinnom, it means “valley of Hinnom.” This was a valley outside of Jerusalem. In the days of Jesus Christ, this valley was used as a garbage dump where fires burnt in a continuous manner. Before becoming a garbage dumb, this valley was formerly used as a place of idolatrous practices, including human sacrifices as we can read from Jeremiah 32:35 and 2 Chronicles 28:3. Mark 9:43-45 says, “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed than with two hands to go into Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life crippled than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna.”
In addition, we can as well read from Matthew 5:22 – “But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa,’ will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna.” Today, we can say that the Christian conception of Hell as a place of punishment for the wicked is most closely associated to the word Gehenna as used by Jesus Christ.
The word Tartarus appears in the Bible once. And its appearance is in the New Testament. Coming from Greek mythology, this word is used to represent a place of punishment as we can read from 2 Peter 2:4 – “For if God did not spare the angels when they sinned, but condemned them to the chains of Tartarus and handed them over to be kept for judgment;”
4. Lake of Fire
Apostle John in his revelation of the last days uses the word “Lake of Fire” to describe the fate of the wicked. Let’s support this by reading the following scriptures: Revelation 20:10 – “And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” Revelation 20:14-15 – “Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire; and anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”
What are Paradise and the “Third Heaven”?
Paradiseis a Persian word that originally meant “a walled garden“. In the days of Jesus Christ, a good number of Jews believed that life after death would be in Paradise which was perceived as similar to the Garden of Eden. They believed that the souls of the Patriarchs of Israel and those of righteous people will be taken to Paradise. In Luke 16:22-23, Jesus Christ makes reference to the belief of Paradise in His Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. Let’s read some other scriptures were Christ makes mention of Paradise. Unto one of the thieves on the Cross, Jesus said in Luke 23:43 – “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” This suggest that paradise is the intermediate state that souls are taken immediately after death. In Revelation 2:7, Paradise is also mentioned.
2. Third Heaven
In line with the Jewish tradition, there are three heavens. Apostle Paul in his writings mentioned the highest heaven, that is the “third heaven” in connection with paradise (2 Corinthians 12:2-4). Although there is no further explanation on this, Apostle Paul might have intended the third heaven to be synonymy for paradise.
How does Heaven and Hell Look like? (Answered in the light of the Bible Verses About Eternal Life)
Although the Bible does not give many details on Heaven and Hell, it gives sufficient elements for us to have an image of what they look like.Note that most sayings in the Bible that surround these places are more of symbolic and metaphorical language. Whatever the case, the Bible makes it clear that there will be a glorious future for the righteous and eternal punishment for the wicked (Luke 10:25-28, 13:24-28, Matthew 7:13-14, 13:40-42, 19:28-29, John 5:28-29, 6:40, Revelation 21:8, Romans 6:22-23, 8:18). Lets read from Revelation 21:3-4 – “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, ...”
Matthew 25:31-34, 41, 46 says, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; … Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; … And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Are we going to be able to recognize our relatives and friends in Heaven? Do people get married in Heaven?
It is without doubt that almost everyone wonders whether they’ll be able to recognize their friends and relatives in heaven. Unfortunately, the Bible does not give a precise answer to this question. However, some Christians have assumed that we’ll meet up some day with our friends and relatives in Heaven. As for marriage, Jesus Christ gave a word in Luke 20:34-37 – “Jesus said to them, “Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection.”
Will most people be saved or condemned to Hell?
Jesus did not clearly give a precise answer to this question but rather pointed out that the path that leads to Heaven is full of challenges and only a few people end up succeeding to travel it to the end. Matthew 7:13-14 says, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
Is Hell Eternal, or just the End of Life?
Coming up with a definite answer to this question is quite challenging. This is because some Bible verses point to the fact that anyone who ends up in Hell will be punished eternally (Luke 16:23-24, Matthew 25:46, Revelation 20:10, 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10), but others just mention the destruction of both the body and soul (Luke 12:4-5, Matthew 10:28). Or perhaps it could be punishment till the final judgement then destruction (Jude 1:6, 2 Peter 2:4). Or still, it could be that the duration of punishment in hell depends on the degree of wickedness in life (Matthew 18:33-35). However, it is generally believe that punishment in Hell is eternal as pointed out by the scriptures above.
Before the Second Coming of Christ or if you are still alive, have in mind that God is inviting you to turn away from your sins and receive eternal life. By sin here, we mean anything that you think, say or do that does not please God. Repent from your sins when it is still day time. For a time shall come when there shall be no more mercy or grace to set you free and as a result, you’ll suffer in the fire of Hell for eternity. Make up your mind today, Sincerely Repent, and start obeying the Key Teachings of Jesus Christ in order to stay far away from the eternal fire of Hell.
What The Bible Says About Eternal Life
Group 1 – What The Bible Says About Eternal Life (Believers Can Face Death Without Fear)
1 Corinthians 15:54-57 – “Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled:“Death is swallowed up in victory.O death, where is your victory?O death, where is your sting?”For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
John 10:28-30 – “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
Psalm 23:4 – “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
2 Corinthians 4:18 – “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
John 3:16 – “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.“
1 John 2:17 – “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”
Proverbs 8:35 – “For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord.”
1 Peter 5:10 – “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
Group 2 – What The Bible Says About Eternal Life (Believers Enter the Lord’s Presence at Death)
2 Corinthians 4:17 – “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”
1 John 5:13 – “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”
1 John 5:11 – “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”
2 Corinthians 5:8 – “Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord.”
Philippians 1:22-23 – “But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better. I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me.”
Matthew 7:13-14 – “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
John 17:3 – “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”
John 3:36 – “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.”
Psalm 139:23-24 – “Search me, God, and know my heart;test me and know my anxious thoughts.See if there is any offensive way in me,and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Group 3 – What The Bible Says About Eternal Life (Believers Will Dwell with God Forever)
Revelation 21:3-4 – “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
1 Timothy 6:12 – “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
Psalm 23:6 – “Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”
1 Timothy 1:16 – “But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.”
Matthew 10:39 – “Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”
John 4:14 – “But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Revelation 1:8 – “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Romans 8:18 – “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
Group 4 – What The Bible Says About Eternal Life (Jesus Christ is Preparing a Special Place for Believers in Heaven)
Romans 5:21 – “So that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Psalm 37:28 – “For the Lord loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones.Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed;the offspring of the wicked will perish.”
Galatians 6:8 – “Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”
John 14:1-3 – “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
John 5:24 – “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.”
Matthew 25:46 – “And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
John 17:3 – “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”
John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Hebrews 7:25 – “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.“
Group 5 – What The Bible Says About Eternal Life (Heaven Will Be Far Better Than Earth for Believers)
Galatians 6:7-8 – “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”
1 John 1:9 – “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Romans 10:13 – “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Philippians 1:21 – “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Revelation 14:13 – “And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this down: Blessed are those who die in the Lord from now on. Yes, says the Spirit, they are blessed indeed, for they will rest from their hard work; for their good deeds follow them!”
Romans 2:6-8 – “He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.“
Matthew 7:21-23 – “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”
Group 6 – What The Bible Says About Eternal Life (The Death of a Believer Is Precious to God)
John 3:36 – “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 – “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.“
Luke 23:43 – And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
Revelation 21:8 – “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
Psalm 116:15 – “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”
John 6:50-71 – “This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. …”
Group 7 – What Does The Bible Say About Eternal Life? (Believers Belong to the Lord In Heaven)
Acts 24:15 – “Having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust.”
John 14:23 – “Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”
1 John 2:25 – “And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life.”
2 Peter 3:9 – “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”
Romans 14:8 – “If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.”
Matthew 7:13-14 – “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
Romans 8:38-39 – “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
John 5:28-29 – “Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.”
Group 8 – What Does The Bible Say About Eternal Life? (Believers Are Citizens of Heaven)
Acts 2:38-39 – “And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.””
Acts 4:12 – “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Philippians 3:20-21 – “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”
John 4:14 – “But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Hebrews 9:27 – “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,”
John 6:66-71 – “After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the Twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.” …”
Group 9 – What Does The Bible Say About Eternal Life? (After Their Physical Death, Believers Gain Eternal Life)
John 14:6 – Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Proverbs 3:6 – “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
Romans 3:21-22 – “But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:”
John 11:25-26 – “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
Revelation 20:6 – “Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.”
1 Timothy 1:16 – “But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.”
John 6:27 – “Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.”
Revelation 2:11 – “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.’”
Group 10 – What Does The Bible Say About Eternal Life? (Believers Receive An Eternal Inheritance in Heaven)
1 John 5:20 – “And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.”
1 Peter 1:3-5 – “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.”
Revelation 21:1-27 – “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” …”
Group 11 – What Does The Bible Say About Eternal Life? (Believers Receive a Crown In Heaven)
1 Timothy 6:12 – “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
2 Thessalonians 1:9 – “They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might,”
1 John 5:13 – “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.”
2 Timothy 4:7-8 – “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”
Revelation 20:1-15 – “Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while. Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. ...”
Group 12 – What Does The Bible Say About Eternal Life? (Eventually, God Will Put An End to Death)
Acts 2:27 – “For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption.”
Revelation 21:1-4 – “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away … I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God … And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
1 Peter 3:18-22 – “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.”
Group 13 – What Does The Bible Say About Eternal Life?
Psalm 49:15 – “But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me.”
Matthew 10:28-29 – “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.”
John 8:44 – “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
John 6:47 – “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.”
1 John 2:27 – “But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.”
Philippians 3:21 – “Who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.”
John 6:40 – “For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
John 1:12 – “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,”
Group 14 – What Does The Bible Say About Eternal Life?
1 John 5:11 – “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”
Matthew 10:28 – “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”
John 10:27-28 – “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”
John 10:10 – “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
John 11:25-26 – Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
Ephesians 2:8 – “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,”
Nahum 1:7 – “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.”
1 John 1:2 – “The life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us—”
Romans 5:21 – “So that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Matthew 6:24 – “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
Group 15 – What Does The Bible Say About Eternal Life?
John 6:39-40 – “And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
Revelation 20:4 – “Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.”
Revelation 1:8 – “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
1 John 5:1-13 – “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? …”
Group 16 – What Does The Bible Say About Eternal Life?
Philippians 3:20-21 – “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.”
Titus 1:2 – “In hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began.”
1 John 4:1 – “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
1 John 3:4 – “Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.”
Romans 6:22 – “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.”
1 Corinthians 15:1-58 – “Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. …”
Group 17 – What Does The Bible Say About Eternal Life?
Romans 10:9 – “Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Galatians 3:5-14 – “Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith— just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”? Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. …”
John 14:1-31 – ““Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” …”
Luke 20:35-36 – “But those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.”
Group 18 – What Does The Bible Say About Eternal Life?
Genesis 3:19 – “By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
Psalm 86:13 – “For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.”
Isaiah 26:19 – “Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise. You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to the dead.”
Ecclesiastes 9:5 – “For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten.”
Luke 14:14 – “And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
Psalm 16:10 – “For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.”
2 Corinthians 4:17 – “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,”
Galatians 2:15-16 – “We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.”
2 Corinthians 5:17– “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
Group 19 – What Does The Bible Say About Eternal Life?
John 20:19-24 – “On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” ...”
Revelation 22:1-5 – “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.”
Group 20 – What Does The Bible Say About Eternal Life?
John 1:1 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Luke 16:23 – “And in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side.”
John 5:39 – “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,“
Galatians 6:8 – “For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”
John 6:35 – Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”
Matthew 18:8-9 – “And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.”
Daniel 12:2 – “And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”
Matthew 25:41 – “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Group 21 – What Does The Bible Say About Eternal Life?
John 5:29 – “And come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.”
John 3:15 – “That whoever believes in him may have eternal life.”
Acts 2:38 – And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
James 2:19 – “You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!”
1 Corinthians 3:15 – “If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.“
1 John 2:17 – “And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”
John 3:2-16 – “This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. …”
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