"And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life," (I John 5:11, 12).
* In the light of man's total spiritual depravity, if anyone is to have eternal life, it must be given by God. For, no one could, or would, ever be able to earn his way to heaven. Only through salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal life given by God to whomever He pleases, can heaven be reached.
* In no uncertain terms, the apostle John makes it abundantly clear that eternal life is a gift, and is experienced by no one apart from salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Such truth decimates two of the world's most common assumptions: (a) that salvation can be earned or deserved, and (b) that there are many ways to heaven.
No, says John, eternal life is only in the Lord Jesus, and available only as He makes it so.