How to Live Forever

 Jesus said:

“Whoever Believes in Him Should Not Perish” (John 3:16).
“If Anyone Eats of this Bread, He Will Live Forever” (John 6:51).
“If Anyone Keeps My Word, He Shall Never See Death” (John 8:51).
“Whoever Lives and Believes in Me Shall Never Die” (John 10:28-30).
“They Shall Never Perish” (John 11:25).

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

“I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world” (John 6:51).

“Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death” (John 8:51).

“And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to “snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one” (John 10:28-30).

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25)

Introduction

How would you like to live forever . . .
In a place so wonderful and glorious, human words cannot express it . . .
A place of absolute glory, beauty, love and infinitely, eternally more . . .
And be in the absolute prime of life, forever?
Jesus offers every person these wonderful opportunities.
God’s offers and promises to mankind are truly beyond comprehension.
Yet, through the power of the Holy Spirit, someone can both comprehend and live in them, and infinitely more. Amen!
God offers more than 7,000 promises in the Bible.
Perhaps the greatest offer is what Jesus called “eternal life.” What is eternal life?
Jesus said: “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3).
Amen! God offers us a relationship with Himself. Awesome!
And eternal life includes living forever. Amen!

 

Chapter 1

 

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

 

“For God so Loved the World . . .”

God loves the world.
Sometimes we overlook those words.
As with all of Jesus’ words, these words are eternal, life-giving, priceless and contain eternally deep revelation.
God loves the world.
God loves the world.
God loves the world.
God loves the world so much, that He sent His only Son to die for them.

“But to Save the World through Him”

Let’s look at the next verse, John 3:17:
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
. . . but to save the world through him.
. . . to save the world through Jesus.
. . . to save the world through Jesus.

John 3:16-21: “World” Five Times, “Whoever” Four Times

In John 3:16-21, Jesus says “world” five times and “whoever” four times. He clearly is emphasizing “world” and “whoever.”

“The World, Whoever“ and the Predestination Debate

The following is a perspective presented to make a point, though I am not into theology and the debates therein.
Some believe in predestination: that certain people are predestined to be saved, and others cannot be saved; based on scriptures such as Ephesians 1:11 and Romans 8:29-30.
Another camp believes God wants to save everyone, based on scriptures including John 3:16, 2 Peter 3:9 and so forth.
Which perspective is correct? Both. How is that possible?
The answer is that the predestination issue and everything else in our most holy faith is a glorious, divine mystery. We should not try to “explain everything” and “figure everything out.” We are to be in awe of God Almighty and all that He is. Amen!

Chapter 2

“If Anyone Eats of this Bread, He Will Live Forever”

“I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world” (John 6:51).

“If Anyone. . .”

Herein is a glorious truth and revelation: God has made us in His image. He has given every person a free will. Every person has a choice, between God and self. God will not make anyone do anything or come to Him.
I write this in great reverence and humility. I do not want to come across as a “know it all.” But the truth that God made man into His own image and after His likeness is glorious, wonderful and beyond human comprehension.
When Jesus says, “If anyone eats of this bread. . .,” He is revealing that it is up to us how we respond to God and His offer of Jesus Christ.
Though God wants everyone to receive Jesus Christ and be saved, God will not make anyone do anything.

“If Anyone. . . Eats of this Bread . . .He Will Live Forever”

Jesus is the bread of life. If anyone partakes of and feeds on Jesus, they will live forever. Amen!
To receive eternal life and live forever, someone must partake of and feed on Jesus.
Jesus has made the most wonderful offer to mankind: receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, believe and live in Him, and you will live forever. Glory to God!

Jesus is the Bread of Life, the Living Bread

In John Chapter 6, Jesus reveals many glorious truths. One of the primary ones is that He is the bread of life.
He teaches that the Father sent Him, that He came down from heaven, offering mankind eternal life.
As with all of Jesus’ words, Jesus’ teachings in Chapter 6 are truly glorious, eternal and life-giving.
Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to reveal these truths to us.

Some of the Main Themes in John 6:32-58

1. Jesus is the bread of life, the bread of God, the living bread.
2. Jesus came down from heaven.
3. The Father sent Jesus.
4. Jesus offers everlasting, eternal life.
5. Jesus offers the world the opportunity to live forever.
6. Jesus will raise up His people at the last day.
7. Jesus offers Himself to the world, anyone and whoever.
8. If someone wants eternal life and to abide in Jesus, they must eat His flesh and drink His blood.
9. Ten times, Jesus speaks about the Father and Jesus’ divine relationship with the Father.

These nine (9) truths and the revelation therein are so glorious and wonderful, humans will never be able to fathom or express them, even for all eternity.

Many Disciples “Went Back and Walked with Him No More”

During these teachings, some disciples said: “This is a hard, difficult saying; who can understand it?” (John 6:60)
It is important to realize what happened after Jesus finished the teaching. In verse 66, we read: “From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.”
Jesus revealed new, glorious revelations in the bread of life teachings. Many disciples could not accept the truths.

Jesus is the Bread of Life, the Bread of God, the Living Bread

It is glorious that Jesus is the bread of life for us today. We know that in the natural realm, we need food. Jesus reveals that in the spirit realm, we need Jesus to stay alive spiritually.
There is another holy revelation, found in verse 51: “. . . the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world” (John 6:51).

Jesus Gave His Body for the Life of the World

Jesus came down from heaven and died for the world.
Jesus gave His body and died, so that man could have eternal life.
He gave His body and His blood, so that man could be saved.
The sacrifice of Jesus is holy and sacred and will be honored for eternity. Amen.

Today, Jesus is still the bread of life. If someone wants to live by receiving eternal life, they must partake of and “feed on” Jesus. They must make Jesus their all in all.
In fact, if someone does not partake of and “feed on” Jesus, they have no life. Spiritually, they are dead.
He speaks about the absolute importance of “feeding on” Him, on His body and His blood:

“Then Jesus said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him’” (John 6:53-56).

“Take, eat; this is My body”

As we know, at the last supper, Jesus broke bread and told His disciples that the bread is His body:

“And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, ‘Take, eat; this is My body’ (Matthew 26:26).

“For this is My blood of the new covenant”

Jesus also gave His blood so that man could be forgiven. Jesus revealed this at the last supper:

“Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins’” (Matthew 26:26-28).

Stats

The number of times Jesus spoke about the main themes of this passage:

1. Jesus is the Bread of Life, the living bread, the bread of God, the bread from heaven – nine (9) times
John 6: 32, 33, 35, 48, 50, 51 twice, 58 twice.

2. Jesus came down from heaven – six (6) times
John 6: 32, 33, 38, 50, 51, 58

3. The Father sent Jesus – four (4) times
John 6: 39, 40, 44, 57,

4. Jesus offers everlasting, eternal life – three (3) times
John 6: 40, 47, 54

5. Jesus offers opportunity to live forever and not die – three (3) times
John 6: 50, 51, 58

6. Jesus will raise up His people at the last day – four (4) times
John 6:39, 40, 44, 54

7. Jesus offers Himself to “the world,” to “anyone” and to “whoever” – four (4) times
John 6: 33, 51 twice, 54

8. If someone wants eternal life and to abide in Jesus, they must eat His flesh and drink His blood – four (4) times
John 6: 53, 54, 56, 57

9. Ten times, Jesus speaks about the Father and Jesus’ divine relationship with the Father – ten (10) times
John 6: 32, 37, 38, 39, 40, 44, 45, 46, 57 twice

The “I am” Passages in the Book of John:

Jesus said:
“I am the bread of life.” (John 6:35, 41, 48, 51)
“I am the light of the world.” (John 8:12)
“I am the door of the sheep.” (John 10:7,9)
“I am the good shepherd.” (John 10:11, 14)
“I am the resurrection and the life.” (John 11:25)
“I am the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6)
“I am the true vine.” (John 15:1, 5)

Chapter 3

 

He Shall Never See Death

 

“Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death” (John 8:51).

 

The “I AM”

When Jesus reveals that He is the “I AM,” He also states the truth above: “. . . if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.”
Jesus’ statement that He is the “I AM” contains glorious revelation. Jesus is revealing that He is indeed God.
God said the same name in Exodus. Let’s look at God’s response to Moses’ question about God’s name:

“Then Moses said to God, ‘Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?’ And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM. And He said, ‘Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you’” (Exodus 3:13-14).

The “I AM” Passage in John:

“Then the Jews answered and said to Him, ‘Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?’
Jesus answered, ‘I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me. And I do not seek My own glory; there is One who seeks and judges. Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.’
Then the Jews said to Him, ‘Now we know that You have a demon! Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and You say, ‘If anyone keeps My word he shall never taste death.’ Are You greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? And the prophets are dead. Who do You make Yourself out to be?’
Jesus answered, ‘If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing. It is My Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is your God. Yet you have not known Him, but I know Him. And if I say, ‘I do not know Him,’ I shall be a liar like you; but I do know Him and keep His word. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.’
Then the Jews said to Him, ‘You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?’
Jesus said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM’ (John 8:48-58).

Chapter 4

 

They Shall Never Perish

 

“And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone pluck/snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to pluck/snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one” (John 10:28-30).

In John Chapter 10, Jesus reveals that He is the Good Shepherd and the Door of the sheep.

”And I Give . . .”

Jesus gives us eternal life. Amen! Our great God is a giving God!

“And I Give Them Eternal Life”

What is eternal life? Jesus said, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3).

“They Shall Never Perish”

Never perish! Never die! Live forever! Incredible!
If someone lives and believes in Jesus Christ, they will never die! They will live forever! Glory to God!

“Neither shall Anyone Pluck/Snatch Them out of My Hand”

When someone belongs to Jesus, no one can take them from Jesus.
Jesus Christ is God Almighty, the great and awesome God of the Universe! He is the most powerful Being in the Universe! Amen!
Someone who belongs to Jesus Christ is absolutely secure!

“My Father, Who has Given Them to Me . . .”

In the “I am” passages, Jesus often reveals glorious truths about the Father and His relationship with the Father.
Here, Jesus says the Father has given His people, the saints, the sheep, to Jesus!
“Given them to Me . . .” God is a giving God! Amen!
God has given the believers, the children of God, the church, to Jesus. Amen!

“My Father . . . is Greater than All . . .”

Glory to God! The Father God Almighty is greater than all.
We should be in awe of these words and this glorious truth and revelation.
The Father . . . the only true God . . . Jehovah God Almighty . . . the great and awesome God, Who only does wondrous things . . . Hear, O Israel, the Lord, the Lord your God, the Lord is one (Deuteronomy 6:4, Mark 12:29). . . the Father, Son and Holy Spirit . . . Amen.
Let’s let the Holy Spirit reveal this to us.

“. . . And No One is Able to Pluck/Snatch Them out of My Father’s Hand”

Glory to God! A child of God is secure – more secure than we will ever be able to comprehend!
No one can pluck a believer out of Jesus’ hand. And no one can pluck a believer out of the Father’s hand.

“I and My Father are One”

Amen. Jesus is one with the Father. Jesus Christ is God! Amen!
Yet, Jesus had just said, “My Father is greater than all” (John 10:29). Jesus is also the Son of God.

The Trinity: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit

The trinity is a glorious truth and revelation – and infinitely more – we will be in awe of for eternity.
The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one. Amen!

  

Chapter 5

 

“Whoever Lives and Believes in Me Shall Never Die”

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25

“I am the Resurrection”

Definition of “resurrect” – to restore a dead person to life

Jesus offers to resurrect a person from death to life. Amen.
After He does that, because Jesus is the life and is alive forevermore, that person is now alive . . . forever. Amen.

“And Whoever Lives and Believes in Me shall Never Die”

“Whoever . . .”

God is so giving and is such a good God, that He offers everyone eternal life through Jesus.
Jesus said, “Whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.”
Whoever.
Incredible! It does not matter who we are, God offers us eternal life and the glorious opportunity to know Him, to be His child, and live with Him, forever.
His offer is truly beyond comprehension.
He offers every person the opportunity to live forever.

“Whoever. . . Lives and Believes in Me shall Never Die”

It is important to note that Jesus said “Whoever lives in . . . Me shall never die,” in addition to believing.
A person must believe AND live in Jesus to live forever. It is not enough to believe only. As the scripture says, “You believe there is one God . . . Even demons believe – and tremble!” (James 2:19).

“Do You Believe This?”

Jesus is saying to us today, “Do you believe this?”
God has made this offer to every person. Now, it is up to us to respond.

Jesus Raises Lazarus from Death to Life

After saying these words, Jesus raised his friend Lazarus from the dead, one of Jesus’ many supernatural miracles.
Just as Jesus raised a person from the dead in the natural, He can and will raise a person from the dead spiritually. Amen.