The definition given by the Lord Jesus Christ :
Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. (John 17:3)
What is does it mean to “know the only true God, and Jesus Christ”? It is having Jesus' truth in us and living in Jesus. It us in Jesus and Jesus in us! Jesus now becomes our very life. How does this happen? Apostle John answers this in his first letter :
"God has given 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" (1 John 5:11-12)
In short, Jesus makes us really live by living in us. When we repent we now have a real and interactive relationship with him.
Jesus in us changes everything! He is now never far away, but becomes truly God with us! It means we have an infinite resource to draw on for strength, comfort, love, etc!
We have an awareness and experience of God.
That is having eternal life! And of course that life grows and grows and never reaches a maximum because there will always be more of Jesus to experience, now and when he comes, and beyond - eternity after eternity!
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