Eternal life
Eternality • Everlasting Life
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Eternal Life
Eternal Life. Mode of existence referred to in Scripture characterized by either timelessness or endlessness, and especially by a qualitative difference from mortal life. The perspective of the biblical writers flowed from an understanding of a living God who existed prior to the world’s creation, and
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Eternal Life
ETERNAL LIFE Mode of existence referred to in Scripture characterized by either timelessness or immortality; kind of life attributed to God and distributed to believers. The perspective of the biblical writers flowed from an understanding of a living God who existed prior to the world’s creation and
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Eternal Life
eternal life. The idea of an afterlife or of eternal life is not clearly attested in Jewish literature prior to the exile, and its development thereafter is sometimes attributed to contact with Persian doctrines. The first clear biblical reference to an afterlife is found in Dan. 12:2, which announces:
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Eternal Life
ETERNAL LIFE. A phrase appearing 30 times in teh NT (KJV), of which 15 usages occur in in the Gospel and epistles of John; and 43 times in the RSV, with 25 occurrences in the Johannine writings.The word eternal (aiōnios) is derived from the word meaning “age,” an indefinite period of time, hence, agelong,
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Eternal Life
Eternal LifeA blessed life freed from death. The teaching of eternal life arose gradually in the Bible, but in the NT has a central place.The ancient Hebrews, like many surrounding cultures, believed in a shadowy underworld, a land of the dead called Sheol where departed spirits go (Deut. 32:22; Amos
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
eternal life
eternal life. In Christianity, not only a life of endless duration but the fullness of life of which the believer becomes possessed here and now through participation in God’s eternal being. It unites the strong sense of historical process characteristic of Hebrew thought with elements from the Greek
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Eternal Life
ETERNAL LIFE. This is a priceless treasure, the gift of God. It is not to be confused with mere endless existence, which all possess, saved as well as unsaved. Christ said, “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly” (John 10:10). This life is nothing less than “Christ in you, the
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Eternal life
Eternal lifeThis expression occurs in the Old Testament only in Dan. 12:2 (R.V., “everlasting life”).It occurs frequently in the New Testament (Matt. 7:14; 18:8, 9; Luke 10:28; comp. 18:18). It comprises the whole future of the redeemed (Luke 16:9), and is opposed to “eternal punishment” (Matt. 19:29;
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Eternal Life
Eternal Lifeeternal life, a life uninterrupted by death. It is surprising to learn that in ancient Israel there was no belief in a life after death. Ezekiel 37 speaks of life returning to dry bones, but that should be understood only as a metaphor for the restoration of Israel after the Exile.The
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Eternal Life
ETERNAL LIFE — a person’s new and redeemed existence in Jesus Christ that is granted by God as a gift to all believers. Eternal life refers to the quality or character of our new existence in Christ as well as the unending character of that life. The phrase, “everlasting life,” is found in the Old Testament
Global Dictionary of Theology: A Resource for the Worldwide Church
3.2. Made Not to Die
3.2. Made Not to Die. The duality of creaturehood and divine image is also that of dust and destiny. Though sharing with animals an origin out of the ground (Gen 2:19), humans—through fellowship with the Eternal One (the Tree of Life), were not destined to die. Though it corresponds to one dimension
Key passages
Jn 4:14

But whoever drinks of this water which I will give to him will never be thirsty for eternity, but the water which I will give to him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

Jn 5:26–29

For just as the Father has life in himself, thus also he has granted to the Son to have life in himself. And he has granted him authority to carry out judgment, because he is the Son of Man. “Do not be astonished at this, because an hour is coming in which all those in the tombs will hear his …

Jn 11:17–27

So when he arrived, Jesus found he had already been four days in the tomb. (Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about fifteen stadia. So many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary in order to console them concerning their brother.) Now Martha, when she …

Jn 17:2–3

just as you have given him authority over all flesh, in order that he would give eternal life to them—everyone whom you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

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