13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of God’s Son so that you can know that you have eternal life. 14 This is the confidence that we have in our relationship with God: If we ask for anything in agreement with his will, he listens to us. 15 If we know that he listens to whatever we ask, we know that we have received what we asked from him. 16 If anyone sees a brother or sister committing a sin that does not result in death, they should pray, and God will give life to them—that is, to those who commit sins that don’t result in death. There is a sin that results in death—I’m not saying that you should pray about that. 17 Every unrighteous action is sin, but there is a sin that does not result in death. 18 We know that everyone born from God does not sin, but the ones born from God guard themselves, and the evil one cannot touch them. 19 We know we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. 20 We know that God’s Son has come and has given us understanding to know the one who is true. We are in the one who is true by being in his Son, Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. 21 Little children, guard yourselves from idols! (1 John 5:13-21, CEB)
How many of us go to worship and read the bible and do the things we do so that we may one day obtain eternal life? Like eternal life is something we will get when Jesus comes back or the kingdom of God comes in its fullness.
Here though the author of 1 John says, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of God’s Son so that you can know that you have eternal life.” So that you know you HAVE.
Not will get if you check all the boxes.
Not will get if you live right.
Not will get when Jesus comes back.
Have. You already have eternal life. It isn’t something we are waiting for but are living right here and now.
We have the assurance, the promise this is true and we are living with and will always be with God.
Live like that. Love like that.
Loving People. Loving God.