Bible Verses of the Week

Eternal Life

16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. (NRSV, John 3:16)

25 Jesus said to [Martha], “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (NRSV, John 11:25–26)

16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” 17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.” 18 “Which ones?” he inquired. Jesus replied, “ ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’” (NIV, Matthew 19:16–19)

3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” (NLT, Revelation 21:3–4)

The Bible says that when Jesus returns, all people who ever lived will be judged (Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:25-29; Romans 14:10-12, Revelation 20:11-15). God will judge different people by different standards, depending on their knowledge of the Gospel and the wealth, gifts and abilities that have been entrusted to them (Matthew 10:14-15, 11:21-24, Luke 12:47-48, 20:45-47, 21:1-4, John 9:40-41, 15:22-24, Romans 2:12-16, 1 Corinthians 3:7-9, Galatians 6:3-5). Those people judged worthy will be granted a glorious eternal life with God. That is the great hope and promise of Christianity! For more details: What Does the Bible Say About Heaven, Hell, Eternal Life and the Resurrection of the Body?, What Does the Bible Say About Salvation?, What Does the Bible Say About the Second Coming of Jesus?