Does Christ offer life everlasting?


Where in the Bible does Jesus Christ offer us eternal life, life everlasting? If the concept did not originate with Christ, where did it come from, and when?

The statement that Jesus did not mention life everlasting has come from an authoritative book on current analysis of His life and times by Powell (analysing Borg, Meier, Jesus Seminar, Saunders, Crossan et al).

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One very quickly comes to mind.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16


This is a second:

For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him, will have eternal life, an I Myself will raise him up on the last day. John 6:40


Yes, where would Catholics get such a silly idea? Oh, wait, from the bible.

Matthew 19:29 everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.

Matthew 25:46 Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.

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

John 5:24 I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has **eternal life **and will not be condemned

John 6:54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

Those are just a few verses.


John 6:
35 Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.

36 But I told you that although you have seen (me), you do not believe.

37 Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,

38 because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me.

39 And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it (on) the last day.

40 For this is the will of my Father, that **everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him (on) the last day." **

41 The Jews murmured about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven,”

42 and they said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph? Do we not know his father and mother? Then how can he say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?”

43 Jesus answered and said to them, "Stop murmuring 18 among yourselves.

44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will raise him on the last day.

45 It is written in the prophets: ‘They shall all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me.

46 Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father.

47 **Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. **

48 I am the bread of life.

49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died;

50 this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die.

51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world."

52 The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us (his) flesh to eat?”

53 Jesus said to them, "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.

54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.

55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.

56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.

57 Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.

58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. **Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever." **
59 These things he said while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

60 Then many of his disciples who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?”

61 Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, "Does this shock you?

62 What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 21

63 It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh 22 is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

64 But there are some of you who do not believe." Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him.

65 And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.”

66 As a result of this, many (of) his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him.

67 Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”

68 Simon Peter answered him, "Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

69 We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God."


Hello Carol,

Try a word search for “eternal” in the four gospels. Jesus speaks of it many times.

Matthew 19:16 and 29; 25:46
Mark 10: 17 and 30
Luke 10:25; 16:9; 18:18 and 30
John 4:14 and 36; 5:24; John 6 (see previous post); 10:28; 12:25; 17:2

Here is a website with RSV translation where you can do searches:



I just want to say that the responses above are why I LOVE this place!

Churchill said that lies get halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on, but that simply isn’t so around this forum.


The Jesus Seminar??
John Dominic Crossan??
You come here armed with “evidence” from THOSE kooks??


You forgot: “authoritative”??? :eek:


**Thanks - I KNEW I forgot something! :thumbsup: **


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