By Jack Weaver
John wrote a wonderful article June 30th about the precious Bible verse John10:28. I have recently corresponded with some of our dear friends in Australia so I analyzed for them the verse John 10:28. In doing so, I investigated the meanings of some of the exciting words in that verse.
It answers the question, How Eternal is Eternal Life and How Secure is Eternal Security.
Our Australian friends had been witnessing to a gentleman who proclaimed that a believer can walk away from an ETERNAL relationship with Jesus Christ.
John 10:28: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
I usually like to ask such folks; “When Jesus Christ gives you ETERNAL life upon belief, what does the word ETERNAL really mean to you”?
The Greek word for ETERNAL is Aionios, and it means perpetual – eternal, forever, everlasting.
That is very clear and pronounced by Jesus Himself – it is absolute and not debatable.
The most interesting and amazing word in that passage is the word NEVER. It is a compound word made up of four different words or word phrases.
These words are: Ou me, Eis, Ho, Aion.
Ou Me is a double negative strengthening the denial; not at all, by any (or no) means, neither, never, in no case (no wise), nor ever, not at all in any wise.
Eis is a primary preposition; for in any place, time, or any purpose — continual, far more exceeding, for [any intent, purpose], of one mind, never perish.
Ho including the feminine he, hay; and the neuter to, in all their inflections; the definite article – the, this, that, one, he, she, it, etc.
Aion is from, and the same as, the Greek word (aei); properly an age; by extension perpetuity (also past); by implication the world; (present or future) – age, course, eternal, forever (forevermore), the beginning of the world (since the world began, world without end).
So we see the ETERNAL implications of what Jesus personally promised to every person who believes in Him, that they would NEVER perish.
That statement, by Jesus, includes:
• Male, female, neuter.
• It means eternal, never ceasing, world without end.
• It means in any place, any time, or for any purpose not at all, by no means, never, in no case, no wise, not ever, not at all in any case.
Read that over carefully and digest it fully.
Shortly after I trusted Christ as my Savior, the man who led me to Christ preached a sermon explaining John 10:28. He included all of explanations I have used here. I was surprised, amazed, thrilled and excited.
How much more definitive, fixed and final could ETERNAL life and NEVER PERISH be, especially when promised by the Savior, Jesus Christ Himself?
A person who says they are Christian but does not believe in Eternal Security has probably never taken the time to check out the depth and meaning of those powerful words in John 10:28.
The bottom line, by Jesus Himself:
• Eternal Life is proclaimed ETERNAL!
• Eternal Security is Proclaimed ETERNALLY SECURE.
We need never doubt our eternally secure position in Jesus Christ. If we do, we would be saying to Jesus, the Creator of the Universe “I don’t believe you”!! Would you stand Him to His face and say that?
Titus 1:2: In Hope (guarantee) of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
The Gospel of Jesus Christ IS the Power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16). If a person chooses not to believe Jesus, as Jesus Himself proclaimed in John 10:28, he is calling Jesus a liar.
We pray you have trusted Jesus Christ alone as your eternal Savior. If not, please do so right now. Read the link below, study the Scriptures therein and trust Jesus.
Eternal Life, God’s FREE Gift to You