INTRODUCTION: The following "A New Life" studies are used by permission by the author, Thomas Wade Akins.
    God loves you. You were created in His image and you are an important person-worthy and with value. What is your opinion about yourself? Are you a person who loves himself? If you are not, then it will be very difficult for you to love other people. It all begins when you realize that God really is love, and he really loves you. John 3:16 says, "For God-so loved the world (you) that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."

  1. GOD'S PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE. What is God's purpose for you? Why were you born? The Bible says in 1 John 5:13, "I write these things (the Bible) to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you may have eternal life." In other words, God's desire is to give you eternal life with assurance. He said, "That you may know that you have eternal life." If you died tonight, do you know that you would go to heaven with Jesus for all eternity? According to the Bible, you may have absolute assurance of this. Read I John 5: 13 again.
  2. WHAT IS ETERNAL LIFE? Jesus, in John 17:3, defines eternal life as this, "Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." In English we have a very important preposition: the preposition of. We can know something or someone, or we can know of something or someone. For example, you can know something of the president of the United States, or you can know him personally. The word "know", without the preposition, means that you have an intimate relationship with someone such as you know your wife, husband, or children. Maybe you know many things of Jesus Christ, but do you know him personally in your heart?
  3. TWO RESULTS OF ETERNAL LIFE:
    1. When you really know Jesus as your Lord and Savior your interior overflows with love, forgiveness and real life. Jesus says in John 10: 10, "I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly." This is eternal life now.
    2. When you have eternal life, the Bible says that you will live in heaven with Jesus forever after you die. Jesus says in John 14: 1-2, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house there are many rooms; if it were not so I would have told you ... "

CONCLUSION:
    God loves you and wants to give you a new life, a transformed life, a life of peace, real love, total forgiveness, and eternal life. In the next lesson, you will learn more about how to know Christ and how to have assurance of eternal life.

QUESTIONS


    
Answer the questions below choosing (T) for true and (F) for false, and circle the correct answer.

1. (T)  (F) -    The Bible teaches in 1 John 5: 13 that it is impossible to have assurance of eternal life.
2. (T)  (F) -    Eternal life is to know Jesus Christ personally in your heart.
3. (T)  (F) -    One of the results of eternal life is a new life with peace in your interior through Jesus Christ, and these results can be received now.
4. (T)  (F) -    Another result of eternal life is having assurance that you will go to heaven after you die.

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