“And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent” John 17:3 (KJV).
Jesus proceeds to pray for eternal life for those whom the Father has given Him. Eternal life He says is knowing the Father. It is God’s desire that people might know Him. The knowing of God is having to do with an intimate relationship.
Does that blow your mind when you hear the word “Intimacy” or “intimate” what is the first thing that flashes through your mind? It is probably like ‘Loving your spouse’ or something along that thought line. And it is similar. It is opposite of knowing about God. Many of us might say, “I know the President of the United States”, but in fact only know of him, because we voted for or against him in the last election. We hear about him everyday. There are a few who can actually say and be truthful, “I know Barrack Obama”. One of those would be his wife. Others could be their two daughters. They have an intimate relationship with our President.
Eternal? How long is it? It could be expressed this way; If you counted one million years, multiplied it by another million, then eternity would only be as a grain of sand on the seashore. That is the life Jesus Christ as purchased for those who will trust in Him. Eternity with the God of creation; who created all that is; and we have access to His very throne even now (Hebrews 4:16).
To know the Father one must also know Jesus Christ. Jesus made it His life’s goal to make a way possible for men, women, boys and girls of every tribe, tongue, and nation to come to faith in God. He made that possible by way of the cross, and now you can have a personal intimate relationship with the Creator of all that is. By way of the cross of Jesus; the One whom the Father sent.
-Tim A. Blankenship