Summary: Eternal life is a spiritual type of life or nature with power to create, reproduce and never cease to be.
The Church – should be a fountain of eternal life to those thirsty for God
Eternal life is a spiritual type of life or nature with power to create, reproduce and never cease to be. The only type of life to meet this description is the life and nature of God. And God who is this endless life wants to impart it, impart Himself, to anyone willing to receive Him. As our hearts get to know Him by revelation, this life, God Himself, is imparted to us.
John 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. (so, knowing God is eternal life - but)
Matt 11:27 ...The Father (the heart knowledge of whom is eternal life) is known only by the Son and by those to whom the Son reveals Him. TLB
How does Jesus Christ reveal to us the knowledge of God in order to give us eternal life?
John 6:68 But Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life”. (God’s life, eternal life, is contained in His words)
Prov 2:1-5 My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you...Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, And find the knowledge of God (and receive more of the eternal, endless, life of God).
John 5:24 (Jesus) Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes ESV Him who sent me has eternal life...(we hear and believe to receive this life)
Eternal life, the very nature of God the Father, is given to us as we come to know Him. This knowledge of Him is revealed and imparted to us as we hear and believe His words. The very first time we hear and receive, by believing it, a revealed word from God into our hearts, that living righteous word cleans our hearts from all sin, making them brand new and therefore re-birthing us. By that word we now have the beginning of God’s eternal life.
John 15:3 Now you are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. KJV
John 6:63 ...The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are (eternal) life.
God’s eternal life is in the revealed word that we believe – can we lose it? Oh yes we can:
Matt 13:19 (Jesus) When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, (wouldn’t let God reveal it to them) then the wicked one (Satan) comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart...
Luke 8:13 ...(Others) who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root (the word couldn’t get fully established in their hearts because of stones, areas of hardness), who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away (and get offended at the word, God or His messenger).
Mark 4:18-19 ...(Others) are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in (into their hearts) choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
The knowledge of God which is eternal life is given by the word – and this life can be lost!
We’re in danger if we only receive the first words of eternal life – we must receive more
John 10:10 (Jesus) ...I have come that they may have life (eternal life, the knowledge of God, through His words), and that they may have it more abundantly.
Col 1:10 That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; (more life)
In part because the words of eternal life can be easily lost or stolen, God wants each one of us to keep growing in the knowledge of Him through His revealed words to us. So that we have an abundance of eternal life, His nature, in us, and if we lose some of His words we won’t have lost His eternal life in us altogether and therefore perish eternally. There’s more; as we increase in the knowledge of God by believing more of His revealed words in our hearts, grace and peace are multiplied in us. And by those words we’re given all things needed for eternal life and godliness, because we’re partaking of His divine nature.
2 Peter 1:2-4 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as His divine power has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him...
Whereby are given to us exceeding great and precious promises (contained in His revealed words): that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature...