Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
Last time we highlighted our natural life and utter need for Jesus’ flesh and blood, giving us new life. Today, we’ll consider the whoever and define eternal life.
There are many whoever statements throughout the Bible, indicating that God’s salvation is freely offered to anyone who wants to receive it. For example, “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” (Isa. 55:1). God’s unconditional plea is to everyone.
When Jesus walked this earth, He also proclaimed such an invitation: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matt. 11:28-30). Jesus invited everyone to come to Him and find true rest.
The Bible closes with a similar, universal invitation: “The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price” (Rev. 22:17). In the King James Version we read: “And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” There’s a universal offer to eternally experience the satisfying fullness of God.
We are to simply come and receive by faith. When we do so, we have eternal life, which is diametrically opposed to our natural life. The definition of this new life—our new self—is as follows: “Created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph. 4:24). Peter described it as becoming “partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire” (2 Pet. 1:4). This partaking is a gradual process.
The essence of eternal life is growing in the knowledge of God, which is ad infinitum: “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3). Jesus offered Himself freely for such bliss to whosoever will. His blood is all-sufficient to secure out eternal life.
The Devotional Writer
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