Peter Barnes | John 17:3-5
This is Eternal Life
Daniel 9:20-27; John 17:1-19
– What is eternal life?
1. Eternal life is knowing God in Christ.
– 17:3. The only God who will save us and give us eternal life is the God who has made Himself known in Jesus Christ. Matt.11:27; Heb.1:3.
– I know about Queen Elizabeth II, but I do not know her, and she does not know me. John 1:18.
2. Eternal life is knowing Christ’s finished work.
– 17:4. Jesus is speaking proleptically as though it had already happened. Like the ‘prophetic past’ in Isaiah 53:6. Also Rev. 13:8.
– a sinless life and a complete sacrifice (Dan.9:24; John 19:30).
3. Eternal life is knowing Christ’s return to glory.
– 17:5. See also John 1:1-3; 6:38; 8:58. Who existed before Genesis 1:1? Only God – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Son left glory to become man – 2 Cor.8:9.
– eternal life is not just offered to you, but accomplished and won for you.