There are many aspects to what eternal life is, but I want to touch on one main theme that Jesus shared with the people during His tenure on the earth. He said, Now, this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. (John 17:3) Knowing God, the true God and Jesus His Son is imperative if we want life that is unending. If we want abundant, vibrant life while on this earth we must realize who God REALLY is and how it affects us daily. If you have been reading the articles here, then you surely will notice that I am not coming from any traditional view of God. For God is a spirit and we must worship Him that way – in spirit and in truth. The statement “in spirit and in truth” is crucial because many worship Him with lip service or fleshly means (outwardly), but not in pure spirit and truth. Without knowing Jesus Christ who is the Pattern, the Way to God, to the Father its just another religion.
When Jesus made this statement, he was praying to the Father before He went to the Cross. So this statement is pertinent for our understanding of our relationship with Him today. So, what does it mean when it says, “To know God and Jesus Christ who was sent?” According to the religious order it means “getting saved”, going to a building called “the church”, and so forth. Honestly, it is much more than that. To believe is one thing, but to know is another. Paul said, “That I may know Him…” Know, comprehend, understand. Knowing is to be aware of something as a fact or truth: To know the basic fact of the subject. This is the dictionary version of the word know, but it is much higher than that. It is an intimate personal relationship with God. Where you know even as you are known.
“The only reason why God sent you here from the realm of Spirit, lowered into the bondage of corruption, was to process you that in your visible, physical, material form you might become the image of God, the revelation of the invisible God to the material world.” (Author Unknown)
We can’t talk about eternal life without discussing what true life is. It is not this existence we have in the fleshly body but that which we experience by and in the Spirit. Whether one comes to a true understanding and knowledge of God or not we all are spirit beings and we will experience that one way or another. Some will experience it at higher levels than others not because they are better but because they have tapped into the true reality of life and its purpose, you don’t have to be a spiritual guru to come to this, but you do have to seek and find. Jesus told us when we seek, we find; when we knock, the door is opened. This is not just speaking of our daily prayers or our requests we bring before God. It is speaking of seeking the truth and that truth will set you free from the bondage of sin and death. Knocking denotes a conscious and serious effort to get to the reality of life, to comprehend one’s destiny.
I don’t want you to think that I am against living in this reality but in order to do so victoriously we must come to an understanding that THIS WORLD exists because of Spirit and not the other way around. Then can we say that this existence, this realm, this world is because of us? Yes! The word that embodies what I am speaking of here is ENLIGHTENMENT. Enlightenment is seeing things as they really are and not the way we want them to be. Tough pill to swallow but swallow it we must. Our true life depends on it. Gautama known as the Buddha asked himself this question before he was “enlightened or awakened.” What was the point of human life if it was so transient, so uncertain, so filled with human suffering? Honestly this is the question we all have asked at some point or another, the difference he sought to find the answer whereas many will not even attempt to seek its meaning. Some are fearful to delve into the unknown and others are just plain lazy.
“To be fully alive, we must be fully present. The question is how do we do it? In order to experience the answer to this question for yourself, you must come to three realizations:
First, you must truly realize that life is fleeting. Next, you must understand that you are already complete, worthy, whole. Finally, you must SEE that you are your own refuge, your own sanctuary, your own salvation.” (Buddhism Plain and Simple, 1997, Steve Hagen)
In coming to this conclusion know we are not doing this apart from the Source, God, Spirit – but in Him, through Him and with Him. Where the two become one. Where we now abide in Him, and He abides in us. We are already in Reality, Truth. If I lost my keys in the house, I wouldn’t go outside to look for them. I would look in the house. Same with Reality. It is already there but lost to our consciousness because we need to be open to the truth that whether we accept it or not, see it or not—Reality is. We can’t increase nor decrease it by our own thoughts. It just IS! Just maybe if we backtracked we can find our keys much faster. In doing so, we find them, and remember that we left them right where we thought we did. Same with Enlightenment. We lost it somewhere along the way, but if we stay present and be still maybe—just maybe—we will realize it was there all the time.
To be continued… Christ the Light of the World