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Hi Scott,

What are the differences between eternal salvation and everlasting life ? Are they basically saying the same thing ?

I think the book of Revelation refers to everlasting life and many scriptures refer to eternal salvation.

I have also heard the scripture term Life without end.

This question came up in a home Bible study and from the group it was concluded that they are different and mean something different. But we did not have a chance to discuss it further.

Thanks for offering more insight. It is appreciated !!

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Hi Ron,

The two ideas are related.

The Bible states in Romans 3:23, "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." In Romans 6:23, we're told, "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Then, in Romans 10:9-13, we read, "If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, 'Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.' For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, 'Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'”

Because we are sinners, we stand guilty in the eyes of a holy God. God demands punishment for our sin, which is eternal death, or separation from God forever.

However, God offered us a gift. Jesus served our death sentence for us so that, anyone who places his trust in Him will be released from condemnation and will be saved. As a result, we will not experience eternal spiritual death, but rather eternal life. So salvation leads to eternal life.

Scott

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I have studied the Bible and Bible-related topics since the time I was very young. My education includes a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Bible, and a Master of Divinity degree. I enjoy delving into deep theological issues and always enjoy a healthy debate. But more importantly, I like working with people and helping them to find the answers that they are looking for. And I am convinced that these answers are available in the Bible.

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By the grace and mercy of God, I have been saved, born again, adopted into the family of God. God has given me a love for the Bible, and for Bible-related subjects. In addition, He has blessed me with ongoing training in the Scriptures, from my youth on up. The more I learn about God through His Word, the more I want to share!

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Campus Crusade for Christ, Grace Church at Willow Valley

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Pillsbury Baptist Bible College - B.S. Bible & Pastorology; Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary - M.Div.

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