Imagine what would happen if we were left to figure out eternal truths by human wisdom? We’d be in the dark regarding so many truths we even take for granted. For many of us, it is commonplace to know that there is life after death. We know this because the word of God tells us so. Yet, many still struggle with this basic truth. Even the brightest of minds cannot wrap their minds around the subject of eternal life.
At the point of his death, Socrates the great philosopher said:“I hope to go hence to good men, but of that I am not very confident; nor doth it become any wise man to be positive that so it will be. I must now die, and you shall live; but which of us is in the better state, the living or the dead, only God knows.” Little wonder, when Paul was in Athens and spoke to philosophers and stoicks (see Acts 17: 16-32) about resurrection from the dead, “some mocked: and others said, we will hear thee again of this matter.” Uncertainty about eternity in human philosophy is as old as the epistles.
You see, eternal life is not a subject to uncover with mere mental exertion. It’s a revelation in Christ Jesus. God’s purpose in Christ was hitherto hidden: “But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:” (2 Timothy 1:10). The light (or revelation) of eternity is simply this: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).