Eternal Life Now

LeRoy Koopman

READ : John 5:19-24

We often think of eternal life as something for the future, an experience that comes when this life is over, an after-death experience. We think of eternal life as linear time, an event in a sequence that begins at death and extends into the future. As some have dubbed it, “pie in the sky by and by.”

In this passage Jesus speaks of eternal life as a present reality. “Anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life” and has passed from death to life” (v. 24).

Eternal life is not just a promise for the future; it is also a reality for the present. Although it is not yet fully experienced, it is already here. Eternal life is not just a projection into the future; it is a genuine part of life now. It begins in this phase of life and passes effortlessly into a new phase after a speed bump called death.

To postpone conversion to the deathbed is not only risky; it is foolish and self-defeating. It’s like saying, “Yes, I love him (or her), but I think we’ll live apart for about fifty years. Then, when we’re old and about to die, we’ll get married.”

Why postpone the best till later?


Lord, I thank you for eternal life, for both the present reality and the future promise. Help me to experience eternal life here and now.