“Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” by Louis A. Dole

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“Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” – Luke 10:25

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Deuteronomy 28:1-14 · Matthew 19:16-30 · Psalm 16

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The terms “everlasting life” and “eternal life” sometimes are used to mean the same – that is, life without end – but there is a difference in some cases.

Everyone has everlasting life, for the evil as well as the good live forever in the spiritual world after the death of the body. No one need ask “What shall I do to inherit everlasting life” for everyone is sure to have it. But to inherit eternal life is altogether different.

No short definition of eternal life can be made that carries to another its real meaning because it involves so much. Eternal life is life directly from God, the kind of life that is in God. But for such a definition to have meaning one must know at least something of the quality of life that is in God. It is like asking “What is sunlight?” Sunlight is indeed light directly from the sun, but such a definition does not tell us exactly what sunlight is.

With the Lord there is no such thing as time. A thousand years are as a day in His sight. The angels have no idea of time. Think of an angel four thousand years old. He does not think of years, for he is merely four thousand years advanced in the love and wisdom of the Lord. So eternal life means a life of continual increase in God’s life, a life that contains unlimited unfolding of the glory of God.

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“And I give unto them eternal life,” by Louis A. Dole

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“And I give unto them eternal life.” – John 10:28

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Daniel 12 · Matthew 28 · Psalm 30

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The Lord’s life, death, and resurrection, as recorded in the Gospels, were not only significant in their literal bearing, but they were outward revelations of great spiritual facts which are realized in all who follow Him in the regeneration. The life that the Lord came to make manifest to men is a superlatively desirable life, a life filled with happiness from Him, which endures forever and which has its beginnings now and here, as we follow Him. The life that He lived in the world as the Word made flesh was the symbol of the life that He now lives in the mind that opens itself to receive Him. As we learn and keep His precepts the literal history of the Lord’s life becomes, in course of time, transformed into a spiritual history written on the pages of the soul’s book of life.

There was a time in the long ago Golden Age of the world when the Lord spoke to the inner consciousness of men by an interior revelation of Himself to the mind; but when the glory of that period came to an end through man’s turning to the love of self and the world, He revealed to men His Word in a written form, and finally as this same Word He assumed a natural humanity, that He might reach men through a visible manifestation of Himself to their sight. So He lived before men the life that was within the written Word, which was with God and which was God, glorified with the glory which it had with the Father before the world was.

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“Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be,” by Louis A. Dole

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“Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” – Revelation 22:12

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1 Kings 10:1-9 · Revelation 22:1-14 · Psalm 145

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Life is short. These words express a very common point of view, particularly with those who believe that there is no life beyond the grave. But to those who do believe in eternal life these words also apply, for in comparison to eternity any length of life on this earth is short. Human life is not long or short absolutety. It seems short to us because we are actually immortal, and deep down within us there is a consciousness of this fact.

And we know that any life that is active and full of accomplishment seems short. An inactive, empty life, however short, will seem long. To the busy man time flies. Time hangs heavy on the man who has nothing to do.

It is to our glory if life seems short to us. If there are many things we want to do, if we see that there is much that we should accomplish in ourselves, the longest life will seem short.

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“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish,” by Louis A. Dole

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“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish.” – John 10:28

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Isaiah 63 · Luke 24:1-27 · Psalms 122, 123

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There is but one subject for today – the Resurrection. It is delightful to us that we celebrate Easter in the spring of the year, when all life is rising again from the sleep of winter. Everyone feels within himself new gladness and new hope in the warmth of the returning sun and the renewal of earth’s life. But this new life which we see bursting into leaf and blossom is still but earthly and physical life. This resurrection of the earth in spring is the symbol – not the reality.

When the Lord said, “Whither I go ye know, and the way ye know,” He was speaking of His death and resurrection. He went to prepare a place for us in heaven, and the way is by His Word, which teaches of Him and shows us that where His presence is there is heaven.

Nor is man’s mere resurrection from the grave the reality of which the Lord spoke when He said, “I give unto them eternal life.” All men have risen from the grave. The life of man is indestructible and always has been so. There is no man who ever lived who does not live now. We cannot die in the sense that we cease to live. The Lord was not speaking of bodily life when He said, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.”

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