Jesus said, “… and this is eternal life: to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You (Father), the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent.” (John 17:3 AMP).
Beloved, throughout the New Testament the Greek words “zoe aionios” have been translated as “eternal life,” but that term is not quite accurate for most NT applications. Sure, life without end for believers is more than implied throughout the scriptures, but in most cases where “eternal life” is used in the NT it is referring to A QUALITY OF LIFE that is available to believers NOW. IT IS NOT referring to them “dying and going to heaven” someday.
Let’s put it this way …
“For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but will have everlasting life (zoe aionios).”
This, once again, is not referring to “dying and going to heaven” someday, but is referring to deliverance from the alienation from life that is experienced by the fallen adamic creature, to then come and walk as a true Son of God (a New Creation in Christ).
Beloved, Jesus demonstrated eternal life PERFECTLY! This is the abundant, eternal, everlasting, supernatural life of KNOWING THE FATHER AND WALKING IN HIS WAYS! This LIFE, by the way, is available to ALL OF US RIGHT NOW! A more accurate translation of “zoe aionios” is the “Spirit- life, or the God-life.” This is used in the above verse in contrast to the “perishing” life of the wandering and lost adamic creature.
Beloved ones, many of us have for long been in bondage to “church” doctrines and traditions of men that have caused powerlessness and unbelief to perpetuate and proliferate in us. For this reason the Spirit is now calling many of us to “come out ” so that God the Father might soon have Sons who can DEMONSTRATE “eternal life” to the world, even as Jesus did 2000 years ago.