“And this is life eternal: to know thee, the only true God, and (to know) Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.”
Weymouth New Testament
And in this consists the Life of the Ages–in knowing Thee the only true God and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent.
Young’s Literal Translation
and this is the life age-during, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and him whom Thou didst send — Jesus Christ;
Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
“But these things are eternal life: ‘They shall know you, for you alone are The God of Truth, and Yeshua The Messiah whom you have sent.’ “
“Life” in this verse is the Greek word, “ZOE”, pronounced “ZOAAY”.
Strong’s Concordance #G2222.
a) the state of one who is possessed of vitality or is animate
b) every living soul
a) of the absolute fulness of life, both essential and ethical, which belongs to God, and through him both to the hypostatic “logos” and to Christ in whom the “logos” put on human nature
b) life real and genuine, a life active and vigorous, devoted to God, blessed, in the portion even in this world of those who put their trust in Christ, but after the resurrection to be consummated by new accessions (among them a more perfect body), and to last for ever.
In this picture, I see the hand of God, giving to us the gift of eternal life when we receive Jesus as our Savior. First John 5:11&12: “This is the record that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life, and he who has not the Son of God, hath not life.
The word, “eternal” in John 17:3, is the Greek word, “aionios”, from which we get our word, ‘eon’.
Strong’s concordance #G166.
1) without beginning and end, that which always has been and always will be
2) without beginning
3) without end, never to cease, everlasting
If we combine these two definitions, we come up with:
“Life in the absolute sense, real, genuine, active, vigorous, which belongs to God, which He breathed into His Logos (Word), and which was manifest in the world when the Word took on flesh and dwelt among us. Of this life, we become partakers when we believe on the Son of God. At the resurrection, even our bodies shall be partakers of this life when they put on immortality.
This Life in the absolute sense, had no beginning and no end, it always has been and always will be, for it is the Life of the Eternally Existent One.”
If you have received the Son of God, you have received this life.
Assignment: make a personal confession out of the verses and definitions given….a profession of faith. Say it to yourself, about yourself and over yourself. You will ‘sense’ THAT Life rising up in you.