Eternal life is eternal life, and Christ has said that once one believes in him they HAVE eternal life. God reveals to us in Genesis 3:22-24 that once a person receives eternal life, he/she can never die. For God had to banish the fallen Adam and Eve from the garden of Eden, after they had eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, lest they then ate from the tree of life and lived forever in their fallen state. Legalists will espouse that eternal life is not eternal, that one has to continue doing something in order to continue having eternal life. They claim that Adam and Eve had indeed eaten from the tree of life before they fell, but because they were banished from the garden of Eden they no longer were able to eat from it. However, this is not true, as Adam and Eve only had to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil ONE TIME in order to receive the consequences of that action, and God said in accordance and similitude to that action: "And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take ALSO of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever: Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life." - Genesis 3:22-24 This passage does not say: " and now, lest he put forth his hand again, and take again of the tree of life, and eat again, and live forever again." No, it says "and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take ALSO of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever." This is indicative that God was comparing the act of eating from the tree of life to the act of eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, by saying "also." This is then revelation that as Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil just the one time to receive the consequences of that action, they "ALSO" would receive the consequences of eating from the tree of life just one time, received eternal life which could not be taken back, if they were to eat from that, too. Eternal life IS eternal life. If one were do die after they supposedly received eternal life, then they never had eternal life in the first place. Legalists try to attribute ongoing life to eternal life, but the two are not the same. For eternal means eternal, and eternal can never end, or it is not eternal nor has it ever then been eternal. Now, knowing this, then one can apply line upon line, and precept upon precept, to the following: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, HATH EVERLASTING LIFE, and SHALL NOT COME INTO CONDEMNATION; but IS passed from death unto life. - John 5:24 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me HATH EVERLASTING LIFE." - John 6:47 And: "Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, HATH ETERNAL LIFE; and I WILL raise him up at the last day." - John 6:54 Now, the legalist will not believe this, even when it is in front of his face, because the legalist does not live in faith, but in fear. However, a man is not saved by not believing in Christ, but by believing. A legalist demonstrates his unbelief of Christ when he turns from what Christ did as not being good enough for his salvation, and to then try to get to heaven on his own righteousness. A legalist believes he will be saved by trying to obey the written commandments of Jesus Christ, but God did not say that man would be saved by attempted obedience to the written commandments of Christ, but by faith in what Christ did upon the cross; faith in his blood. And a legalist demonstrates his lack of faith in the blood of Christ, when the legalist casts it aside as not good enough, and then turns to trying to be righteous through attempted obedience to written commandments. But God has declared that by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified, and he means ANY WRITTEN LAW. There is no other way it can be, if we are saved by grace, not by works, for the only way we could then lose our salvation is if God did not keep his promise; if what Christ did was not good enough; if eternal life was not eternal life. Let the wind blow, and bring it on, legalists, for this house is built upon a rock. God bless.