what is the difference between being saved and eternal life?

What do you think is the difference between being saved and eternal life? IS there a difference? Let’s find out….

Godly sorrow leads to repentance that leads to salvation. 2 Corinthians 7:10

10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

We see that Christ will appear a second time for salvation to those who eagerly await Him. To await Him, you must have faith in Him.

Hebrews 9:27-28

27 And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, 28 so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.

Faith is the requirement for eternal life.
John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

According to Jesus, those who believe God will not be judged but have eternal life.

John 5:24

Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.

OK, so we GET eternal life when we believe the One who sent Christ. What IS eternal life? Eternal life is to know God (and Jesus Christ). This is to be in a relationship with the Son and the Father.
John 17:3

3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

Scripture is clear that those who have faith are redeemed from the effects of our sin – the first death, so we can be adopted as children of God and inherit the promise. Notice that this is faith IN Jesus Christ, not Christ’s Faith (as some seem to want to believe). Galatians 3:13-14, 22, 4:4-7

13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

22 But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.

4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. 6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.

Titus 2:14

14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

1 Peter 1:18-23

18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. 22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

We are saved from the second death. Turning a sinner from the error of their way would be turning them to God.
James 5:20

remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.

We have to believe in God, who raised Jesus from the dead. Because of that faith in God, we are saved from the wrath of God.

Romans 4:22-5:10

22 Therefore IT WAS ALSO CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS. 23 Now not for his sake only was it written that it was credited to him, 24 but for our sake also, to whom it will be credited, as those who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification.

1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand ; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance ; 4 and perseverance, proven character ; and proven character, hope ; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. 6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will hardly die for a righteous man ; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

We are saved to become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
Titus 3:4-7

4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

We see that some people refuse to love the truth and so be saved. This means that one MUST love the truth to be saved.
2 Thessalonians 2:9-10

9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, 10 and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.

Further, Paul wrote that there are people who are being saved and people who are perishing – this indicates not everyone will be saved. You are either saved or you are perishing.  Its like being part of a shipwreck – you are either perishing (drowning), or you are being saved.

2 Corinthians 2:15

For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.

To be saved, you must believe God sent the Christ to suffer and die to pay the price of your sins and you must continue to do so until you die physically, or else you believed in vain – or so said Paul.
1 Corinthians 15:2

By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

It is obvious Satan has not been cast into the lake of fire yet.
1 Corinthians 5:5

hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord.

Some people choose to follow God while others choose to follow Satan.

1 Timothy 5:15

Some have in fact already turned away to follow Satan.

The thousand years reign with Christ that believers will enjoy has not yet started, so Satan is not yet in prison. If He has not yet been imprisoned, then he certainly has not yet been put in the lake of burning sulfur (which is most likely the lake of fire).

It is not until after Satan is judged that the dead will be judged. Notice in Revelation 20:14-15 that death, hades, and all whose names are not written in the book of life will be thrown into the lake of fire. ALSO notice in verse 14 that the lake of fire is the second death.

Revelation 20:1-15

1 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. 2 He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. 3 He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.

4 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.

7 When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—and to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. 9 They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. 10 And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.

Christ gave us eternal redemption – the word for eternal here means without end.
Hebrews 9:12

He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.

Eternal is the same word Paul used to describe the salvation of those who obey Christ – without end.
Hebrews 5:9

and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him

This is the same eternal used to describe the type of life people get who believe in Christ –  eternal life.

1 Timothy 1:16

But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.

Some want to believe that people get eternal life or eternal death  but that those will end and then everyone will go to heaven. If eternal life were only in this physical realm, why would Jesus say He would raise us up at the last day? Notice what God’s will is: that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life and Christ will raise them up on the last day.
John 6:40

For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

This is the same eternal that is used to describe the punishment wicked people will get after judgement , and the eternal punishment will be being sent into the eternal fiery lake– as seen in Revelation 20:11-15.

2 Peter 2:9

if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.

Matthew 25:46

31 “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32 “All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one anotheras the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats

46 “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Jude 1:7

7 just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example in undergoing the  punishment of eternal fire.

It is equally evident that eternal life will be with Christ in heaven.
Philippians 3:14

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:6

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,

If believers in Christ die (our earthly tent is destroyed), we will go to heaven.
2 Corinthians 5:1-10

1 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7 For we live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

2 Corinthians 5:8

we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.

So, godly sorrow leads to repentance, which leads to salvation. We must have faith in God and His saving work in sending Christ to suffer and die for our sins to be saved. But when we have that faith, we gain eternal life with Christ, we are justified, the wrath of God is removed from us, we are adopted as children, and we will not be judged as the dead who do not trust in Christ will be. We are saved from the eternal punishment resulting from judgement because we trust in Christ and so are able to enjoy our eternal life with God in this physical life and afterwards in heaven.

The other side of that coin is that those who do not believe in Christ as Savior will be judged and will pay for their sins. Since their names will not be written in the book of life, they will suffer eternal punishment in the lake of fire – the second death.

So the question for you is: Do you believe God or not? Do you trust in what God has done or do you ignore what you have been told?

Your choice! And you WILL choose, even if you choose to not choose. By not choosing, you are choosing eternal death and punishment.

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