11 And this is the testimony that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (I John 5:11-12)
John sets forth in I John 5:6-12 six evidences that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. The first four evidences are the Spirit, the water, the blood and God the Father. The fifth evidence to the identity of Jesus Christ is the believer’s own testimony of conversion. The sixth and final witness is the testimony of eternal life.
This sixth witness is not only tied to the first four, but also intricately to the fifth. The witness of eternal life corresponds to the Apostle John’s repeated emphasis about loving God and keeping His commandments.
Eternal life is not only a never-ending duration of life but also a unique quality of life. It is a holy life lived in the believer’s knowledge and awareness of God’s presence. It is seeking to be separate from sin’s power as God has delivered the sinner from sin’s penalty and will ultimately deliver the believer from sin’s presence.
Eternal life is centered in the person and work of Jesus Christ. It is the believer’s by grace alone, through God-given faith alone in Christ alone for the glory of God alone.
Dr. James M. Boice writes that, “Eternal life is not merely unending life. It is the very life of God. What we are promised in Christ is a participation in the life of the One who bears this testimony. This life is not to be enjoyed by everyone, however. This life is in Christ. Consequently, it is impossible to have (eternal) life without having Christ as it is impossible to have Christ without at the same time possessing eternal life.”
John 1:1-5 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
I John 1:1-5 says, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 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— 3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.”
John 14:1-6 says, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 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? 3 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. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Eternal life is solely in Christ.
May the Lord’s truth and grace be found here.
Soli deo Gloria!