When one wants to ask the question ‘WHAT IS… ‘, there are no better persons to approach than experts on the matter. Thus, if we wanted to ask the question ‘what is eternal life’, there would be no go-to person than the author of life himself. We can trace our steps back to the popular 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.
Alternatively, in another place it is written, ‘And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son (1 John 5: 11). Therefore, Jesus, appointed as the administrator of eternal life is the one best positioned to define eternal life and his answer, which we read in what is referred to as ‘the priestly prayer of Jesus, is even more perplexing.
Here were the words of Jesus “
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent" (John 17:3)
It might sound bizarre that eternal is not attributed to a place, but to a state of knowledge of person of God and of the Christ. Knowledge of God was eternal life. It should therefore be no surprise that Paul, the receiver of many mysteries would earnestly pray ‘that I may know Him’. It was as though he had understood the link between eternal life and the knowledge of God, hence his zeal to know more.
Beloved, God’s desire is for the earth to be filled with knowledge of him as the waters cover the sea because this knowledge of Him, is eternal life.