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For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (Jo. 3:16);

He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him (Jo. 3:36);

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life (Jo. 6:47).

In eternity there are only two destinies: eternal death or eternal life, the lake of fire or heaven, separation from God or union with God, to be numbered with the damned or numbered with the redeemed. There are no other options.

And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake,
some to everlasting life,
some to shame and everlasting contempt.
Dan. 12:2

Note in the above verses the relationship of belief and life, that is, everlasting life is the culmination of belief in the Son. To not believe in the Son is to experience wrath, which is already a present reality but will have a fuller and final manifestation; to believe in the Son is to have eternal life, for the Son is life.

Eternal life is life that is eternal, life that is unending, a concept that the mind cannot comprehend. It is not the present life, but new life, spiritual life, not mortal life but immortal life, not life in time but life in eternity. It is eternal life given by God to the believer who will experience this life for eternity, again a concept that the mind cannot fathom. Eternal life is the gift of God (Rom. 6:23), a gift to the one He has chosen, “eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began” (Tit. 1:2).

And I give them eternal life,
and they shall never perish.
Jo. 10:28  

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