Eternal Life

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In the New Testament, the phrase ‘eternal life’ likely came into use based on the reality of permanent earthly resurrection from the dead.  Eternal life begins with the new birth (cf. John 3:3-10 for information about the new birth which was available to those who studied and taught the Hebrew scriptures, and who were Jesus’ […]

In the early 1940s, when I was a kid growing up on Long Island, various vendors would stop by our house.  There was the bread man, the egg man, the milk man, the fruits and vegetables man, and the Fuller-brush man.  The Fuller-brush man always had a “free gift” for my mom.  Of course, the […]

jesus and the rich young ruler    introduction      Probably just weeks before Jesus would ride into Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey, a young Jewish ruler—who was also a markedly wealthy property-owner—urgently pressed Jesus with a daunting question: “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” (Mark 10:17).     Based on […]

the lawyer, jesus, and the samaritan       As Jesus’ ministry began to widen to include gentiles, a Jewish lawyer—arrogant, cynical, and self- righteous—challenged the uncredentialed son of a carpenter from Nazareth with a personal question about a spiritual matter.  “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” (cf. Luke 10:25-37).       In […]