As mentioned previously, ‘Life Eternal’ (or equivalently Eternal Life) appears to take the place of the central motif of Jesus’ discourses in the Gospel of John, as opposed to ‘the Kingdom of God’ in the Synoptic Gospels. Jesus is also often spoken of as giving us new life in Paul’s Epistles.
To begin with, in terms of images and ideas:
What do you think of when you think of ‘heaven’?
What do you think of when you think of ‘eternal life’? (more…)