That We Might Have Eternal Life


For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
— John 3:16-18
And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened . . . And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done . . . Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
— Revelation 20:12, 14-15
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth . . . (3) And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.
— Revelation 21:1-4
If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water . . . Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.
— John 4:10, 13-14
Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
— John 17:1-3
O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you. My soul thirsts for you. My flesh faints for you as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live. In your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food.
— Psalm 63:1-5
In your presence is fullness of joy. At your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
— Psalm 16:11
And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life. Whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.
— 1 John 5:11-13
If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’
— John 7:37
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God . . . Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
— John 3:3, 6


Love is the only attribute that God has acted out to the utmost. We have never seen the utmost of his power, but we have seen the utmost of His love . . . He has made his soul an offering for sin, and laid upon him the iniquity of us all. He has made us the righteousness of God in him. He has made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ, and written our names in heaven. How can divine love put forth any greater effort of love than this? It is infinite love and it gives the soul an interest in an infinite good. It entitles it to an infinite blessedness, and fills the soul with infinite satisfaction. Is not having an interest in this love the highest cause for rejoicing?
— Matthew Mead, A Name in Heaven
The more of heaven that is in us, the less of earth will satisfy us.
— Puritan Quote
The gospel is not a way to get people to heaven. It is a way to get them to God.
— John Piper
People who would be happy in heaven if Christ were not there, will not be there.
— R. C. Sproul