How To Know If You Have Eternal Life

Feb 2, 2017 9015

How to know if you have eternal life

From time to time, people ask me, how can I know that I am saved? How can I really know that I have eternal life?

That’s a really important question for every believer. If you don’t have a clear answer, you will live in insecurity and fear. That’s not God’s will for anyone!

Some people will tell you that you can’t know for sure whether you have eternal life until the end of your life. How wrong they are! The apostle John says that the reason why he wrote about Jesus is,

so that you may know that you have eternal life (1 John 5:13, NIV.)

We know that we have eternal life because God has promised it to those who have believed in Jesus (John 1:12; John 3:16). That declaration trumps every other objection we can throw up.

People often create all sorts of “tests” so you can check if you are on the right path. So, for example, if you can tick of a set of beliefs, or if you understand a particular Bible teaching in a certain way, then that means that you are improving your odds that you have eternal life.

However, the Bible never makes doctrinal understanding, a set of beliefs, or conformity in behavior, the test of whether you have eternal life. After all, if that had been the test, then it’s likely that none of the twelve apostles would have made it. There have probably never existed a more confused group of people than those 11 disciples, yet Jesus declared them clean in the upper room (John 13:10; see also John 15:6,8,9,12.) So doctrinal and lifestyle conformity is not the test.

Jesus promised in John 5:24 (CEV):

I tell you for certain that everyone who hears my message and has faith in the one who sent me has eternal life and will never be condemned. They have already gone from death to life.

Jesus tells us that for certain. So here is the only test that Scripture gives us to gauge whether we have eternal life:

Our love for each other proves that we have gone from death to life. But if you don’t love each other, you are still under the power of death (1 John 3:14, CEV).

There it is – the ultimate test – “our love for each other.” That is what proves that we have gone from death to life.

There’s no rocket science there. After all, Jesus also said,

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another (John 13:35, NIV).

The problem is that we see this as peripheral thing. It isn’t. Love is at the very heart of the Gospel, and whether we pass it on is the ultimate test.

A person’s profession is meaningless; the church that a person goes to matters not a bit; the theology you hold is just empty waffle, if your relationships are not ones that reflect the grace and the unconditional love of God. A person who has received God’s love and kindness, can never fail to pass it on.

That’s where “the rubber hits the road.” Why? Because we follow a crucified Saviour, and not a vengeful conqueror.

Have you allowed God to pour his love into your life? Really?

– Eliezer Gonzalez

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Eliezer Gonzalez

Oct 9, 2019

I can't comment on your personal experience, Rob. However, I suspect that you have been taught "religion" rather than what it means to have a relationship with Jesus. Hang in there and immerse yourself in the gospels - the story of Jesus.


Apr 24, 2019

Well I guess I haven't *truly* believed because I don't love the brethren; I don't love anyone. Why didn't it work for me? What do I have to do to get real faith? How many more decades do I have to struggle with this???

Linda A Johnson

Jun 14, 2018

"Come to Me as you are," is the invitation of Jesus. As Des always says, 'Jesus takes us as we are, but He never leaves us as we are." His love changes us. The gospel is like a giant magnet, it pulls us to the Cross and changes us by the Holy Spirit. God promises to write His law in our hearts and minds, so we will do naturally what He wants us to do." Just one of His precious promises to place our faith, trust, and hope in.

Eliezer Gonzalez

Aug 28, 2017

That was Christ's prayer as well, for the salvation of all. How sad that not everyone appreciates his love! Be blessed!

Gary N.

Aug 28, 2017

I love the article I just read above. The way to eternal life is an easy one but it requires something on our part. We are to take that step of receiving Jesus as our savior and asking Him to forgive our sins. Unfortunately for many people this requires a lifestyle change that somehow they can't commit to. They can't or don't want to give up a sinful habit. My prayer is that everyone on planet earth will be saved but I don't see that happening. "Narrow are the gates..." .

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