Jesus: The King of Life come to offer Eternal Life

Jesus said many things about eternal life. The Bible claims Jesus is the source and explanation for all life. He is the answer to the question What is life and where did it come from? On many occasions He promised that He could and would give new and eternal life to anyone who came to Him and believed in Him, repented of past wrongs and made the choice to have Him as their personal Lord and Saviour.

In John 14:6, Jesus said he was the Way, the Truth and the Life. He indicated he was the source and origin and giver of life. What is this eternal life? It is life that does not come to an end. It is life which passes through the death of our bodies. But also life of a different quality. Life in which no circumstances can cause sadness or pain and which is purposeful, happy and satisfying all because it relies upon and is owned by and connected to the source of life which is the timeless One and Only God whose name is "I AM". The eternal life which Jesus speaks about does not start when we die, it starts when we give ourselves to Jesus and commit our future to Him. We receive His new life for ourselves but its full wonder, health, perfection and potential is kept by Him until He returns. Because Jesus is the source of real and permanent life, if we are not in relationship with Him we don't really have life - even though our bodies are alive it is a life which is almost dead compared to the life Jesus offers. This life which Jesus spoke about and graciously gives when we believe in Him: it cannot be ended by bodily death and becomes a wonderful future and endless life with God.

Bible Verses about the promise of Eternal Life

1. The sayings of Jesus about Eternal Life from John's Gospel

The following Bible Verses taken from John's Gospel are all words spoken by Jesus about himself saying that eternal life is received by everyone who believes in him. The believing that Jesus spoke about means more than just acknowledging that Jesus came - it means believing what he said, believing who he said he was, believing what he did. It means admitting we fall short of God's standards, admitting we need to change to start to live by God's rules and asking for forgiveness. It means committing to him, taking him on, obeying him, acting on what he taught and being loyal to him. It means starting a relationship with Jesus so that he knows us and we know him. The eternal life which Jesus gives is a new life which starts as soon as we begin that relationship with him. God loves us and wants to give us this new life because has has made us and wants us for himself and he knows only he can make people fulfilled and happy.

Jesus answered him, 'Most certainly, I tell you, unless one is born anew, he can't see God's Kingdom.' Don't marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born anew.'
John 3:3,7

Whoever believes in me should not perish, but have eternal life.
John 3:15

For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
John 3:16

One who believes in the Son has eternal life, but one who disobeys the Son won't see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
John 3:36

Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never thirst again; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
John 4:14

Most certainly I tell you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and doesn't come into judgement, but has passed out of death into life.
John 5:24

Yet you will not come to me, that you may have life.
John 5:40

Don't work for the food which perishes, but for the food which remains to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you.
John 6:27

This is the will of the one who sent me, that everyone who sees the Son, and believes in him, should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
John 6:40

Most certainly, I tell you, he who believes in me has eternal life. I am the bread of life.
John 6:47,48

He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
John 6:54

Most certainly, I tell you, if a person keeps my word, he will never see death.
John 8:51

I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly
John 10:10

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give eternal life to them. They will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
John 10:27,28

Whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?
John 11:26

He who loves his life will lose it. He who hates his life in this world will keep it to eternal life.
John 12:25

For I spoke not from myself, but the Father who sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. I know that his commandment is eternal life.
John 12:49,50

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.
John 14:6

Because I live, you will live also.
John 14:19

This is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and him whom you sent, Jesus Christ.
John 17:3

2. Bible Verse from the Old Testament

Moses asked God "What is your name?". God's reply was "I AM WHO I AM" and by this we know God is Life, the source of all existence and His Life cannot be shaken or disturbed by anything outside God Himself. Psalm 68 describes God as the strength and saviour of his people. The Psalm includes an amazing confirmation that Jesus who is the Lord and Saviour has the right to give life.

Moses said to God, "Behold, when I come to the children of Israel, and tell them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' what should I tell them?" God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM," and he said, "You shall tell the children of Israel this: 'I AM has sent me to you.' "
Exodus 3:13-14

To the LORD, the Lord, belongs escape from death.
Psalms 68:20b

3. The resurrection is the proof that what Jesus said is true

The proof that Jesus can say these things is the historical fact of his own unique resurrection. This he also predicted beforehand, saying that his life was his to take up again after his death. Jesus referred to himself as the Son of Man but also "the Son" or the "only Son" indicating that he was human but also God's Son - in other words he was a man like us, but sent by God, from God, God's Divine Son, being in every way the same as God. His resurrection is the Good News because it validates everything he claimed about himself and the way he lived his life.

No one takes my life away from me, but I lay it down by myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. I received this commandment from my Father.
John 10:19

Jesus himself stood amongst them, and said to them, 'Peace be to you.' 'See my hands and my feet, that it is truly me. Touch me and see'.
Luke 24:36,39

4. The Response of Jesus Followers

The disciples of Jesus time, who met and listened to Jesus became convinced of his authority over life. They wrote the following verses:

Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
John 6:68b,69

Our Saviour, Christ Jesus, who abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the Good News.
1 Timothy 1:10

God gave to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has the life. He who doesn't have God's Son doesn't have the life.
1 John 5:11,12

5. Jesus is the source of all Life

In Colossians, Paul reminds his readers that it is Jesus who is the original source of all life. Life would not exist without Jesus.

For by him all things were created in the heavens and on the earth, visible things and invisible things, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things have been created through him and for him.
Colossians 1:16

6. For the Christian death becomes "going home"

The eternal life which Jesus gives us when we believe in him is a new life which can never end because it is secured in him who is eternal. The tragedy of death is abolished by Jesus. Death becomes a process through which the Christian enters the presence of Jesus.

For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are courageous, I say, and are willing rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:7,8

Grace ... now revealed by the appearing of our Saviour, Christ Jesus, who abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the Good News.
2 Timothy 1:10