When I was young, I thought my eternal life would begin once my physical life ended.
But as I got older and read more and listened more, I realized my eternal life had already begun. I had already crossed over from death to life in the spiritual realm.
But what does that mean exactly?
This new book by John Ortberg fleshes out the concept of eternal life, Eternity Is Now in Session: A Radical Rediscovery of What Jesus Really Taught about Salvation, Eternity, and Getting to the Good Place.
“Eternal life isn’t just about the future. We can have it now. It’s not just about there. We can have it here.”
In a sentence, eternal life is knowing God. Not just knowing about him, but knowing him. (Well, as much as we can with our limited capacities.)
“Jesus—and the entire New Testament, for that matter—defines eternal life only once, with great precision, and in a way that has been largely lost in our day: ‘This is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent’ (John 17:3, NRSV). Eternal Life = Knowing God.”
Once our eternal life has begun, even physical death can’t stop it.
I recommend this book if you want to think more on salvation and the journey of walking with Jesus.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from this book.
“Heaven does not contain God; God contains heaven.”
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“Everybody has a gospel. This is Jesus’ gospel: God is present here and now. God is acting.”
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“Bringing up there down here is God’s project.”
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“Every time you are in conflict with someone, when you want to hurt them, gossip about them, avoid them, but instead you go to them and seek reconciliation and forgiveness, the Kingdom is breaking into this world.”
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“Salvation is not about what God wants to do to you; it’s about what God wants to do in you.”
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“Our greatest need is not to be saved from what might happen to us but to be saved from what might happen in us; not from where we might end up but from who we might become.”
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My thanks to Net Galley
for the review copy of this book.
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