How To Know Without a Shadow of a Doubt that You Have Eternal Life
There is a way to know for sure that you have eternal life. John 20:31 tells us that, "these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name"
God wants you to know, believe and experience abundant life on this earth. He does not want you to go through life unaware of the truth. He went through great pain to make sure that you could know and rest assured in Him.
We find the answers to our questions in the Bible. He has written complete volumes documenting His love extended towards you through the person of Jesus Christ. Today as you read this, I pray that you will recognize the truth written below so that you may know without a shadow of a doubt that you have eternal life... God Bless you!
Many people think the end goal is heaven. They hope that at the end of their lives the amount of good they've done will outweigh the bad. When the tallies come back they will be granted access into heaven based upon works and being good overall.
Even many churches teach that the goal of Salvation is to escape Hell. The most recognized and recited verse in the Bible is John 3:16, "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." A lot of times, we put a period after 'shall not perish', but the verse clearly emphasizes the goal of salvation is having eternal life.
John 17:2-3 tells us what eternal life is, "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 may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." Clearly eternal life is knowing God the father and Jesus Christ the son. The Greek word used for 'know' depicted a very intimate knowledge. The knowledge a husband and wife would experience. So Jesus died for you so that you could experience a deep and intimate knowledge of Him. That is eternal life.
Eternal life also is present tense, Jesus said in John 3:36, "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him." So we can experience eternal life right now in this present world, which is intimacy with God. Jesus used the present tense form of the word so that we would know we can experience it here and now.
Knowing God also brings us into experiencing the reason that God came to redeem us. In John 10:10 Jesus said, "The thief [Satan] comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full". God wants us not only to live in eternity with Him, that is part of our salvation and a definitely perk of Salvation, but He came to give us abundant life. That life is meant to be experience here in this world just as much as it will be experience in the next world.
Finally, although it is not the goal of Salvation, it is true that a by-product of Salvation is that we can spend eternity in Heaven with Jesus. David said in Psalm 23:6, "Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever." This is the icing on the cake, by knowing Jesus and experiencing eternal life right here and now, it prepares us for spending an eternity with Him.