Eternal Glory

John 3:13-15 WEB

No one has ascended into heaven, but he who descended out of heaven, the Son of Man, who is in heaven. [14] As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, [15] that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

Do you think there is a difference between eternal life and salvation? The word of God clearly says that one must both believe and confess to be saved. But in the text scripture it says plainly that to receive eternal life one must believe. The word of God says,

“that if you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9 WEB)

So I ask again, is there a difference between salvation and eternal life? Yes, I am sure there is. Salvation goes along with sanctification and redemption. In Ephesians it says,

“in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,” (Ephesians 1:7 WEB)

It is a process of God repairing our lives and delivering us from unrighteousness that keep us in sin. In the book of Acts, the Bible teaches,

“having hope toward God, which these also themselves look for, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.” (Acts 24:15 WEB)

Eternal life is simply that, resurrection to a life in God. So, how can we understand what is at stake and what is expected of us by God? We turn again to the word. The Bible teaches a difference between those who will be admitted to heaven, and those that will be both admitted and granted entrance into God’s presence. What is at stake is an eternity qualified to be near God. The word refers to this as the elect and in other places as the bride. The bride is those people who endured the pain and humiliation of public confession. They are the people who allowed God to heal their most difficult wounds and sin. The Bible says,

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the assembly, and gave himself up for it; [26] that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word, [27] that he might present the assembly to himself gloriously, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without defect.” (Ephesians 5:25-27 WEB)

“Therefore I endure all things for the chosen ones’ sake, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.” (2 Timothy 2:10 WEB)

Yes, believing gets you into heaven, but confession is required if you want eternal glory in the presence of God.

Lord Jesus, I want to spend eternity in your presence. Please lend me the grace to confess you; to humble myself to you. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

Giving Birth

John 1:12-13 WEB

But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become God’s children, to those who believe in his name: [13] who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.


Are you trying to give birth to something in your life right now? What goals and dreams are you pursuing? We all have goals. The question is are we striving in our own strength or are we resting in God? (Hebrews 4:11) It’s not hard to see striving. In our own strength, we may try to work too much and our relationships are probably going to suffer as well. On the other hand, we can rest and trust in God.

Resting in God is a spiritual path. Resting enables God to do the work of bringing our dreams alive. When we rest, we do not have to work ourselves into exhaustion or strain our relationships. We may pick up a few hours at our job as God directs, but we don’t have to work 60 or 70 hours a week. Also, we need the support of our family and social groups. But, asking for help occasionally is different from leaning on another person in place of God. (Isaiah 48:2-3)

Depending on the strength of our body or depending on the strength of our relationships should not replace depending on the strength of God. How do you do that? How do you depend on the strength of God? For me, I depend on the strength of God by praying (Eph 3:16), reading the Bible (Rev 3:8), obeying God (Psa 103:20), declaring the truth (2 Cor 6:7), fasting (Acts 13:2), and worshipping (Rom 12:1). These are my personal tools that I use to depend on God. I’m sure there are others but these are the tools I reach for the most.

I use these tools to run to God (Phi 3:13-14). In moments of doubt (Jam 1:6-8), in moments of confusion (1 Cor 14:33), and especially in moments when I feel like I need another person (John 12:43), I run to God. I do believe we all need each other, but we have to have ourselves aligned properly with God if we want God to be the one that births our dreams (Ja 4:16).


Lord Jesus, please forgive me for leaning on my own strength. Please cover me with your grace and teach me to lean wholly on you. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.