THIS IS ETERNAL LIFE
                                                                 John 17:1-3 (796)


   Introduction

        A.  As Jesus prayed to His Father, He made mention of eternal life.  V3

        B.  Eternal life is a major theme in the gospel of Christ.  John 3:16-17 (781); Romans
              6:23 (833)

        C.  Several principles about eternal life that are taught in God’s word.

    I.  Eternal life is a future blessing.  Titus 1:1-2 (881); Titus 3:7; 1 John
        2:23-25 (900)


   II.  Eternal life is also a present possession.  1 John 5:10-13 (902)


  III.  Eternal life is a result of knowing God and Jesus.  John 17:3

         A.  What does it mean to know God and Jesus?

               1.  To have a progressive knowledge and understanding which comes by having a
                    personal relationship with God and Jesus.  John 10:14,27-30 (789)

               2.  Important connection between knowing and eternal life.

         B.  What is involved in knowing God and Jesus?

               1.  Obedience.  1 John 2:1-6 (900);  Not to perfection. 1 John 1:7,9

               2.  Love for God and Jesus.  John 14:15,21 (794)

               3.  Having the Holy Spirit.  John 14:15-17; Acts 5:32 (805)

               4.  Romans 8:11 (834)

Conclusion

         A.  Question:  Do I know Jesus by hear-say or do I know Him personally?

         B.  Question:  Have I been united with Jesus?  Romans 6:3-6 (833)