May 27, 2010
16. "obtain eternal life"
17. "enter into life"
Two very similar phrases - yet so different in meaning!
To "obtain eternal life" is to attempt to buy or otherwise purchase one's way into heaven.
To "enter into life" is, on the other hand, like going through a door, leaving the old behind, and stepping into a new way (and closing the door behind you).
Real life cannot be earned or bought.
Jesus is the way, the truth, THE LIFE.
The first is a preparation for the future, a kind of "fire insurance" for insuring life after physical death. The second is a total change starting now, a life continuing in the eternal present, from spiritual death to spiritual life, forever (even after passing through the eventual inevitability of physical death).