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  1. Day 1: In the Beginning
  2. Day 2: And They Felt No Shame
  3. Day 3: By Him We Cry, “Abba, Father”
  4. Day 4: Who Is This King of Glory?
  5. Day 5: The Skies Proclaim the Work of His Hands
  6. Day 6: Now the Serpent
  7. Sabbath
  8. Day 8: The Word Became Flesh
  9. Day 9: The Radiance of God's Glory
  10. Day 10: For God Was Pleased
  11. Day 11: That You May Know Him Better
  12. Day 12: I Am
  13. Day 13: Whoever Believes
  14. Sabbath
  15. Day 15: In the Sixth Month
  16. Day 16: Caesar Augustus Issued a Decree
  17. Day 17: What Shall I Do, Then, With Jesus
  18. Day 18: And Darkness Came Over the Whole Land
  19. Day 19: There Came a Rich Man from Arimathea
  20. Day 20: By This Gospel You Are Saved
  21. Sabbath
  22. Day 22: He Went and Preached to the Spirits in Prison
  23. Day 23: He Is Not Here—He Is Risen
  24. Day 24: He Was Taken Up
  25. Day 25: I See Heaven Open
  26. Day 26: He Will Appear a Second Time
  27. Day 27: Jesus Christ Is Lord
  28. Sabbath
  29. Day 29: I Will Put My Spirit In You
  30. Day 30: What Does This Mean?
  31. Day 31: No Branch Can Bear Fruit by Itself
  32. Day 32: So I Say, Walk by the Spirit
  33. Day 33: For the Common Good
  34. Day 34: But the Greatest of These Is Love
  35. Sabbath
  36. Day 36: I Will Build My Church
  37. Day 37: A People Belonging to God
  38. Day 38: It Seemed Good to the Holy Spirit and to Us
  39. Day 39: You Are All One in Christ Jesus
  40. Day 40: A Great Multitude No One Could Count
  41. Day 41: Let Us Run With Perseverance
  42. Day 43: The Law is Only a Shadow
  43. Day 44: As We Also Have Forgiven Our Debtors
  44. Day 45: Then the End Will Come
  45. Day 46: Sown In Weakness—Raised In Power
  46. Day 47: Now This Is Eternal Life
  47. Sabbath
  48. Day 48: I Am Making Everything New
Lesson 46 of 48
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Day 47: Now This Is Eternal Life

The Forgiveness of Sins, the Resurrection of the Body, and the Life Everlasting

READ

John 3:16–18

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

John 17:1–5

After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.”

MEDITATE

Do you believe in everlasting life? If so, when does it begin? Is this something that happens after death? Scripture seems to say that eternal or everlasting life begins when you begin to know God. The Creed masterfully ends in keeping with the way it began. “I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.” Everlasting life begins with faith in God. If we can affirm the first claim of the Creed, we have already affirmed the final one.

We must be clear, though, about the concept of believing. On the one hand, believing cannot be reduced to mental assent to propositional assertions. Neither can belief find its moorings in the knowledge of scientific certainty, valuable as it may be. Nor does biblical faith require a turning away from knowledge and scientific inquiry. To believe, in the biblical sense, means to know something beyond the plane of knowledge. Belief is Holy Spirit–empowered inner confidence in the truth of a person. It comes as a gift from God and is given to those who seek it.

Are you waiting on something to happen before you believe? Or are you actively asking, seeking, and knocking in pursuit of the gift of faith? In the world’s eyes, seeing is believing. In the Kingdom of God, believing is seeing. This is why we walk by faith and not by sight. Where do you find yourself in this process?

REFLECT

This eternal life then commences when it pleases the Father to reveal his Son in our hearts; when we first know Christ, being enabled “to call him Lord by the Holy Ghost;” when we can testify, our conscience bearing us witness in the Holy Ghost, “the life which I now live, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” And then it is that happiness begins; happiness real, solid, substantial. Then it is that heaven is opened in the soul, that the proper, heavenly state commences, while the love of God, as loving us, is shed abroad in the heart, instantly producing love to all mankind; general, pure benevolence, together with its genuine fruits, lowliness, meekness, patience, contentedness in every state; an entire, clear, full acquiescence in the whole will of God; enabling us to “rejoice evermore, and in everything to give thanks.”

—From “Sermon #77 on Spiritual Worship”
John Wesley

ASK

Express your questions, doubts, curiosities, and conundrums.

AFFIRM

Write any fresh affirmation stirring in your heart and mind from today.

Now affirm the Apostles’ Creed aloud:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord . . .