In creation, God created all life. Adam and Eve were created with the possibility of immortality.They enjoyed unhindered fellowship with God. Yet there was one tree whose fruit they were not to enjoy, namely, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. God warned them, saying, “In the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die” (Gen 2:17).
When they did eat of it, they did not die physically that day. Instead, sin and death entered the world because of their sin (Rom 5:12). They would eventually die physically; however, on the day they ate, they died spiritually. Their unhindered fellowship with God was broken. They experienced shame and alienation, receiving God’s curse and not His blessing, and being cast out of God’s original earthly dwelling place. True “life,” the “eternal life” that Jesus gives, means being restored to the state of knowing and communing with God.
Because sin has broken our fellowship with God, we must be “born again,” as Jesus said to Nicodemus, Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again,“ (John 3:3). That is, the Spirit must come and give us new life and make us a new creation by His regenerating power. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26).
When we who trust in Christ and know Him die, we have the hope of a resurrected body, a glorified body that enables us to commune with God for all eternity in a deeper and more intimate way. At the same time, those who trust in Christ “shall never die.” They simply enter a new phase of knowing God. The Apostle Paul said something similar when he wrote to the Philippians: “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil 1:21).
Jesus is the only way to eternal life and reconciliation with God Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me, (John 14:6). All you need to do is repent and put your faith in Him, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life, (John 3:16).”