OK, In Matt. 28:18-20, Jesus says, “I have all authority, so go into all the world and make disciples, baptizing them . . . teaching them . . . and [know this] I am with you always, even unto the end of the world [age].” What does in mean, “Make disciples”? Some say it means to get people to make a commitment to Jesus. To “get ‘em saved”, so they go to heaven when they die, which many people call “having eternal life”, being “converted”, “born again”.
So I had this revelation just today. In John 17:3, Jesus is praying, talking to God, and He says, among other things, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” So how do you get eternal life? Well John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes [trusts] in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting [eternal] life.” So to get eternal life, you trust Jesus. So what does the first verse mean when it says, “this IS eternal life, to KNOW GOD and JESUS.” Sounds like eternal life means to know God and Jesus, to have a personal relationship with the ONE TRUE GOD, the eternal I AM.
So when a preacher gets up in front of a congregation and says, “If the Spirit is moving in your heart, and you think you should make a commitment to Jesus, come on down, so you can go to heaven;” it means a whole lot more than that. It means you can know the LIVING GOD for yourself. You can know the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE, (real life) right here on the earth today. You can experience the LOVE that only God can give, while you’re still here. You can have rest and peace, the kind that passes all understanding! It means you can be God’s instrument to touch the lives of others so they can be changed, be transformed, FOREVER. Now that’s real ETERNAL LIFE!