Not only is God’s Word Truth, but His Word is absolute, eternal Truth.
 
Dictionaries define “absolute” this way:
 

  • free from imperfection; complete; perfect and without limit.
  • not mixed or stained; pure; whole; 100%.
  • free from restriction or limitation; not limited in any way.
 
Dictionaries define “eternal”:
 

  • without beginning or end; lasting forever; always existing: eternal life.
  • perpetual; ceaseless; endless.
  • existing outside all relations of time; not subject to change.
 
Throughout this website, as God through His Spirit reveals His nature, character, and Personality to you, you are invited to make these life-changing decisions ― to believe that God exists, that God’s Word is absolute, eternal, and true ― and to believe that God absolutely and eternally loves you.
 
As you respond to God’s absolute, eternal love for you, more than your future will be impacted. As you respond to God’s love, your eternity will be impacted.
 
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What does God's Word tell us about His view of eternity? Before we look at that, let’s look at His view of death as written down by the Apostle Paul.
 
1 Corinthians 15:50-58
    50But I tell you this, brethren, flesh and blood cannot [become partakers of eternal salvation and] inherit or share in the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable (that which is decaying) inherit or share in the imperishable (the immortal).
    51Take notice! I tell you a mystery (a secret truth, an event decreed by the hidden purpose or counsel of God). We shall not all fall asleep [in death], but we shall all be changed (transformed)
    52In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the [sound of the] last trumpet call. For a trumpet will sound, and the dead [in Christ] will be raised imperishable (free and immune from decay), and we shall be changed (transformed).
    53For this perishable [part of us] must put on the imperishable [nature], and this mortal [part of us, this nature that is capable of dying] must put on immortality (freedom from death).
    54And when this perishable puts on the imperishable and this that was capable of dying puts on freedom from death, then shall be fulfilled the Scripture that says, Death is swallowed up (utterly vanquished forever) in and unto victory.
    55O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?
    56Now sin is the sting of death, and sin exercises its power [upon the soul] through [the abuse of] the Law.
    57But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ.
    58Therefore, my beloved brethren, be firm (steadfast), immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord [always being superior, excelling, doing more than enough in the service of the Lord], knowing and being continually aware that your labor in the Lord is not futile [it is never wasted or to no purpose].
 
Isaiah 25:8-9
    8He will swallow up death [in victory; He will abolish death forever]. And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; and the reproach of His people He will take away from off all the earth; for the Lord has spoken it.
    9It shall be said in that day, Behold our God upon Whom we have waited and hoped, that He might save us! This is the Lord, we have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.
 

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Those of us who have faced, and are facing, the challenges of aging will find great hope in this verse:
 
Philippians 3:20-21
    20But we are citizens of the state (commonwealth, homeland) which is in heaven, and from it also we earnestly and patiently await [the coming of] the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [as] Savior,
    21Who will transform and fashion anew the body of our humiliation to conform to and be like the body of His glory and majesty, by exerting that power which enables Him even to subject everything to Himself.
 

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God the I AM is, was, and always will be. He exists outside of Time and He is in no way limited by Time.
 
Now, let’s view eternity from His perspective. In these verses, look for the words “eternal, eternity, ages, generations, everlasting, unending,” and “forever.”

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God, Who names Himself your Father, assures:
 
Genesis 9:12-13
    12And God said, This is the token of the covenant (solemn pledge) which I AM making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations:
    13I set My bow [rainbow] in the cloud, and it shall be a token or sign of a covenant or solemn pledge between Me and the earth.
 
Genesis 17:7
    7And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting, solemn pledge, to be a God to you and to your posterity after you.
 
Exodus 9:16
    16But for this very purpose have I let you live, that I might show you My power, and that My name may be declared throughout all the earth.
 
Exodus 20:6
    6But showing mercy and steadfast love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.
 
Numbers 14:21
    21But truly as I live and as all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord,
 
Deuteronomy 5:10
    10And showing mercy and steadfast love to thousands and to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.
 
Deuteronomy 5:29
    29Oh, that they had such a [mind and] heart in them always [reverently] to fear Me and keep all My commandments, that it might go well with them and with their children forever!
 
Deuteronomy 12:28
    28Be watchful and obey all these words which I command you, that it may go well with you and with your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the Lord your God.
 
1 Samuel 2:35
    35And I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest, who shall do according to what is in My heart and mind. And I will build him a sure house, and he shall walk before My anointed (Anointed) forever.
 
1 Kings 9:3
    3The Lord told him, I have heard your prayer and supplication which you have made before Me; I have hallowed [sanctified] this house which you have built, and I have put My Name [and My Presence] there forever. My eyes and My heart shall be there perpetually.
 
2 Chronicles 7:16
    16For I have chosen and sanctified (set apart for holy use) this house, that My Name may be here forever, and My eyes and My heart will be here perpetually.
 
Psalm 89:28
    28My mercy and loving-kindness will I keep for him forevermore, and My covenant shall stand fast and be faithful with him.
 
Psalm 132:14-16
    14This is My resting-place forever [says the Lord]; here will I dwell, for I have desired it.
    15I will surely and abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her poor with bread.
    16Her priests also will I clothe with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
 
Isaiah 32:15-17
    15Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, and the fruitful field is valued as a forest.
    16Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) will abide in the fruitful field.
    17And the effect of righteousness will be peace [internal and external], and the result of righteousness will be quietness and confident trust forever.
 
Isaiah 40:28-31
    28Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint or grow weary; there is no searching of His understanding.
    29He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound].
    30Even youths shall faint and be weary, and [selected] young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted;
    31But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.
 
Isaiah 41:4
    4Who has prepared and done this, calling forth and guiding the destinies of the generations [of the nations] from the beginning? I, the Lord--the first [existing before history began] and with the last [an ever-present, unchanging God]--I AM He.
 
Isaiah 51:6
    6Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath; for the heavens shall be dissolved and vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner. But My salvation shall be forever, and My rightness and justice [and faithfully fulfilled promises] shall not be abolished.
 
Isaiah 55:12-13
    12For you shall go out [from the spiritual exile caused by sin into the homeland] with joy and be led forth [by your Leader, the Lord Himself, and His Word] with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
    13Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree; and it shall be to the Lord for a name of renown, for an everlasting sign [of jubilant exaltation] and memorial [to His praise], which shall not be cut off.
 
Isaiah 59:21
    21As for Me, this is My covenant with them, says the Lord: My Spirit, Who is upon you [and Who writes the law of God inwardly on the heart], and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouths of your [true, spiritual] children, or out of the mouths of your children's children, says the Lord, from henceforth and forever.
 
Isaiah 60:19-20
    19The sun shall no more be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you, but the Lord shall be to you an everlasting light, and your God your glory and your beauty.
    20Your sun shall no more go down, nor shall your moon withdraw itself, for the Lord shall be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended.
 
Isaiah 60:21-22
   21Your people also shall all be [uncompromisingly and consistently] righteous; they shall possess the land forever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified.
    22The least one shall become a thousand [a clan], and the small one a strong nation. I, the Lord, will hasten it in its [appointed] time.
 
Isaiah 61:6-7
    6But you shall be called the priests of the Lord; people will speak of you as the ministers of our God. You shall eat the wealth of the nations, and the glory [once that of your captors] shall be yours.
    7Instead of your [former] shame you shall have a twofold recompense; instead of dishonor and reproach [your people] shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double [what they had forfeited]; everlasting joy shall be theirs.
 
Jeremiah 5:22
    22Do you not fear and reverence Me? says the Lord. Do you not tremble before Me? I placed the sand for the boundary of the sea, a perpetual barrier beyond which it cannot pass and by an everlasting ordinance beyond which it cannot go? And though the waves of the sea toss and shake themselves, yet they cannot prevail [against the feeble grains of sand which God has ordained by nature to be sufficient for His purpose]; though [the billows] roar, yet they cannot pass over that [barrier]. [Is not such a God to be reverently feared and worshiped?]
 
Jeremiah 31:3
    3The Lord appeared from of old to me, saying, Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you.
 
Jeremiah 32:38-41
    38And they will be My people, and I will be their God.
    39And I will give them one heart and one way, that they may [reverently] fear Me forever for the good of themselves and of their children after them.
    40And I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will not turn away from following them to do them good, and I will put My [reverential] fear in their hearts, so that they will not depart from Me.
    41Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly and in truth with My whole heart and with My whole being.
 
Ezekiel 37:26-27
    26I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them, and I will give blessings to them and multiply them and will set My sanctuary in the midst of them forevermore.
    27My tabernacle or dwelling place also shall be with them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
 
Hosea 2:19-20
    19And I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in steadfast love, and in mercy.
    20I will even betroth you to Me in stability and in faithfulness, and you shall know (recognize, be acquainted with, appreciate, give heed to, and cherish) the Lord.
 
Revelation 1:17-18
    17When I [John] saw Him, I fell at His feet as if dead. But He laid His right hand on me and said,
Do not be afraid! I AM the First and the Last,
    18And the Ever-living One [I AM living in the eternity of the eternities]. I died, but see, I AM alive forevermore; and I possess the keys of death and Hades (the realm of the dead).
 

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To introduce these next verses about God’s eternal perspective, let’s read this summary about Jesus:
 
John 3:14-17
    14And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert [on a pole], so must [so it is necessary that] the Son of Man be lifted up [on the cross],
    15In order that everyone who believes in Him [who cleaves to Him, trusts Him, and relies on Him] may not perish, but have eternal life and [actually] live forever!
    16For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.
    17For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.
 

Jesus clarifies:
 
Matthew 6:9-13
    9Pray, therefore, like this: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your Name.
    10Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
    11Give us this day our daily bread.
    12And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven (left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have given up resentment against) our debtors.
    13And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
 
Matthew 16:13-18
    13Now when Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, Who do people say that the Son of Man is?
    14And they answered, Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.
    15He said to them, But who do you [yourselves] say that I AM?
    16Simon Peter replied, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
    17Then Jesus answered him, Blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are you, Simon Bar-Jonah. For flesh and blood [men] have not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in heaven.
    18And I tell you, you are Peter [Greek, Petros--a large piece of rock], and on this rock [Greek, petra--a huge rock like Gibraltar] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the infernal region) shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it].
 
Matthew 16:24-27
    24Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself [disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself and his own interests] and take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying, also].
    25For whoever is bent on saving his [temporal] life [his comfort and security here] shall lose it [eternal life]; and whoever loses his life [his comfort and security here] for My sake shall find it [life everlasting].
    26For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life [his blessed life in the kingdom of God]? Or what would a man give as an exchange for his [blessed] life [in the kingdom of God]?
    27For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory (majesty, splendor) of His Father with His angels, and then He will render account and reward every man in accordance with what he has done.
 

Matthew 18:11-14
    11For the Son of man came to save [from the penalty of eternal death] that which was lost.
    12What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray and gets lost, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountain and go in search of the one that is lost?
    13And if it should be that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not get lost.
    14Just so it is not the will of My Father Who is in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost and perish.
 
Matthew 19:29-30
    29And anyone and everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for My Name's sake will receive many [even a hundred] times more and will inherit eternal life.
    30But many who [now] are first will be last [then], and many who [now] are last will be first [then].
 
Matthew 25:31-40
    31When the Son of Man comes in His glory (His majesty and splendor), and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.
    32All nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them [the people] from one another as a shepherd separates his sheep from the goats;
    33And He will cause the sheep to stand at His right hand, but the goats at His left.
    34Then the King will say to those at His right hand, Come, you blessed of My Father [you favored of God and appointed to eternal salvation], inherit (receive as your own) the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
    35For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you brought Me together with yourselves and welcomed and entertained and lodged Me,
    36I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me with help and ministering care, I was in prison and you came to see Me.
    37Then the just and upright will answer Him, Lord, when did we see You hungry and gave You food, or thirsty and gave You something to drink?
    38And when did we see You a stranger and welcomed and entertained You, or naked and clothed You?
    39And when did we see You sick or in prison and came to visit You?
    40And the King will reply to them, Truly I tell you, in so far as you did it for one of the least [in the estimation of men] of these My brethren, you did it for Me.
 
Mark 8:34-37
    34And Jesus called [to Him] the throng with His disciples and said to them, If anyone intends to come after Me, let him deny himself [forget, ignore, disown, and lose sight of himself and his own interests] and take up his cross, and [joining Me as a disciple and siding with My party] follow with Me [continually, cleaving steadfastly to Me].
    35For whoever wants to save his [higher, spiritual, eternal] life, will lose it [the lower, natural, temporal life which is lived only on earth]; and whoever gives up his life [which is lived only on earth] for My sake and the Gospel's will save it [his higher, spiritual life in the eternal kingdom of God].
    36For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his life [in the eternal kingdom of God]?
    37For what can a man give as an exchange (a compensation, a ransom, in return) for his [blessed] life [in the eternal kingdom of God]?
 
Mark 10:17-27
    17And as He was setting out on His journey, a man ran up and knelt before Him and asked Him, Teacher, [You are essentially and perfectly morally] good, what must I do to inherit eternal life [that is, to partake of eternal salvation in the Messiah's kingdom]?
    18And Jesus said to him, Why do you call Me [essentially and perfectly morally] good? There is no one [essentially and perfectly morally] good--except God alone.
    19You know the commandments: Do not kill, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.
    20And he replied to Him, Teacher, I have carefully guarded and observed all these and taken care not to violate them from my boyhood.
    21And Jesus, looking upon him, loved him, and He said to him, You lack one thing; go and sell all you have and give [the money] to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come [and] accompany Me [walking the same road that I walk].
    22At that saying the man's countenance fell and was gloomy, and he went away grieved and sorrowing, for he was holding great possessions.
    23And Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, With what difficulty will those who possess wealth and keep on holding it enter the kingdom of God!
    24And the disciples were amazed and bewildered and perplexed at His words. But Jesus said to them again, Children, how hard it is for those who trust (place their confidence, their sense of safety) in riches to enter the kingdom of God!
    25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.
    26And they were shocked and exceedingly astonished, and said to Him and to one another, Then who can be saved?
    27Jesus glanced around at them and said, With men [it is] impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.
 
Mark 10:28-31
    28Peter started to say to Him, Behold, we have yielded up and abandoned everything [once and for all and joined You as Your disciples, siding with Your party] and accompanied You [walking the same road that You walk].
    29Jesus said, Truly I tell you, there is no one who has given up and left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for My sake and for the Gospel's
    30Who will not receive a hundred times as much now in this time--houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions--and in the age to come, eternal life.
    31But many [who are now] first will be last [then], and many [who are now] last will be first [then].
 
Mark 16:15-20
    15And He [Jesus] said to them, Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature [of the whole human race].
    16He who believes [who adheres to and trusts in and relies on the Gospel and Him Whom it sets forth] and is baptized will be saved [from the penalty of eternal death]; but he who does not believe [who does not adhere to and trust in and rely on the Gospel and Him Whom it sets forth] will be condemned.
    17And these attesting signs will accompany those who believe: in My Name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages;
    18They will pick up serpents; and [even] if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will get well.
    19So then the Lord Jesus, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and He sat down at the right hand of God.
    20And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord kept working with them and confirming the message by the attesting signs and miracles that closely accompanied [their preaching]. Amen (so be it).
 
Luke 9:23-25
    23And He said to all, If any person wills to come after Me, let him deny himself [disown himself, forget, lose sight of himself and his own interests, refuse and give up himself] and take up his cross daily and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also].
    24For whoever would preserve his life and save it will lose and destroy it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he will preserve and save it [from the penalty of eternal death].
    25For what does it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and ruins or forfeits (loses) himself?
 
Luke 10:25-37
    25And then a certain lawyer arose to try (test, tempt) Him, saying, Teacher, what am I to do to inherit everlasting life [that is, to partake of eternal salvation in the Messiah's kingdom]?
    26Jesus said to him, What is written in the Law? How do you read it?
    27And he replied, You must love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.
    28And Jesus said to him, You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live [enjoy active, blessed, endless life in the kingdom of God].
    29And he, determined to acquit himself of reproach, said to Jesus, And who is my neighbor?
    30Jesus, taking him up, replied, A certain man was going from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him of his clothes and belongings and beat him and went their way, [unconcernedly] leaving him half dead, as it happened.
    31Now by coincidence a certain priest was going down along that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
    32A Levite likewise came down to the place and saw him, and passed by on the other side [of the road].
    33But a certain Samaritan, as he traveled along, came down to where he was; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity [compassion] and sympathy [for him],
    34And went to him and dressed his wounds, pouring on [them] oil and wine. Then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn and took care of him.
    35And the next day he took out two denarii [two day's wages] and gave [them] to the innkeeper, saying, Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I [myself] will repay you when I return.
    36Which of these three do you think proved himself a neighbor to him who fell among the robbers?
    37He answered, The one who showed pity [compassion] and mercy to him. And Jesus said to him, Go and do likewise.
 
Luke 12:22-34
    22And [Jesus] said to His disciples, Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious and troubled [with cares] about your life, as to what you will [have to] eat; or about your body, as to what you will [have to] wear.
    23For life is more than food, and the body [more] than clothes.
    24Observe and consider the ravens; for they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn; and [yet] God feeds them. Of how much more worth are you than the birds!
    25And which of you by being overly anxious and troubled with cares can add a cubit to his stature or a moment [unit] of time to his age [the length of his life]?
    26If then you are not able to do such a little thing as that, why are you anxious and troubled with cares about the rest?
    27Consider the lilies, how they grow. They neither [wearily] toil nor spin nor weave; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory (his splendor and magnificence) was not arrayed like one of these. [I Kings 10:4-7.]
    28But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today, and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you, O you [people] of little faith?
    29And you, do not seek [by meditating and reasoning to inquire into] what you are to eat and what you are to drink; nor be of anxious (troubled) mind [unsettled, excited, worried, and in suspense];
    30For all the pagan world is [greedily] seeking these things, and your Father knows that you need them.
    31Only aim at and strive for and seek His kingdom, and all these things shall be supplied to you also.
    32Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom!
    33Sell what you possess and give donations to the poor; provide yourselves with purses and handbags that do not grow old, an unfailing and inexhaustible treasure in the heavens, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.
    34For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
 
Luke 13:5
   5I tell you, No; but unless you repent ( change your mind for the better and heartily amend your ways, with abhorrence of your past sins), you will all likewise perish and be lost eternally.
 
Luke 18:18-27
    18And a certain ruler asked Him, Good Teacher [You who are essentially and perfectly morally good], what shall I do to inherit eternal life [to partake of eternal salvation in the Messiah's kingdom]?
    19Jesus said to him, Why do you call Me [essentially and perfectly morally] good? No one is [essentially and perfectly morally] good--except God only.
    20You know the commandments: Do not commit adultery, do not kill, do not steal, do not witness falsely, honor your father and your mother.
    21And he replied, All these I have kept from my youth.
    22And when Jesus heard it, He said to him, One thing you still lack. Sell everything that you have and divide [the money] among the poor, and you will have [rich] treasure in heaven; and come back [and] follow Me [become My disciple, join My party, and accompany Me].
    23But when he heard this, he became distressed and very sorrowful, for he was rich--exceedingly so.
    24Jesus, observing him, said, How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!
    25For it is easier for a camel to enter through a needle's eye than [for] a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.
    26And those who heard it said, Then who can be saved?
    27But He said, What is impossible with men is possible with God.
 
John 4:7-27
    7Presently, when a woman of Samaria came along to draw water, Jesus said to her, Give Me a drink--
    8For His disciples had gone off into the town to buy food--
    9The Samaritan woman said to Him, How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan [and a] woman, for a drink?--For the Jews have nothing to do with the Samaritans--
    10Jesus answered her, If you had only known and had recognized God's gift and Who this is that is saying to you, Give Me a drink, you would have asked Him [instead] and He would have given you living water.
    11She said to Him, Sir, You have nothing to draw with [no drawing bucket] and the well is deep; how then can You provide living water? [Where do You get Your living water?]
    12Are You greater than and superior to our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well and who used to drink from it himself, and his sons and his cattle also?
    13Jesus answered her, All who drink of this water will be thirsty again.
    14But whoever takes a drink of the water that I will give him shall never, no never, be thirsty any more. But the water that I will give him shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling) [continually] within him unto (into, for) eternal life.
    15The woman said to Him, Sir, give me this water, so that I may never get thirsty nor have to come [continually all the way] here to draw.
    16At this, Jesus said to her, Go, call your husband and come back here.
    17The woman answered, I have no husband. Jesus said to her, You have spoken truly in saying, I have no husband.
    18For you have had five husbands, and the man you are now living with is not your husband. In this you have spoken truly.
    19The woman said to Him, Sir, I see and understand that You are a prophet.
    20Our forefathers worshiped on this mountain, but you [Jews] say that Jerusalem is the place where it is necessary and proper to worship.
    21Jesus said to her, Woman, believe Me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither [merely] in this mountain nor [merely] in Jerusalem.
    22You [Samaritans] do not know what you are worshiping [you worship what you do not comprehend]. We do know what we are worshiping [we worship what we have knowledge of and understand], for [after all] salvation comes from [among] the Jews.
    23Atime will come, however, indeed it is already here, when the true (genuine) worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth (reality); for the Father is seeking just such people as these as His worshipers.
    24God is a Spirit (a spiritual Being) and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (reality).
    25The woman said to Him, I know that Messiah is coming, He Who is called the Christ (the Anointed One); and when He arrives, He will tell us everything we need to know and make it clear to us.
    26Jesus said to her, I Who now speak with you am He.
    27Just then His disciples came and they wondered (were surprised, astonished) to find Him talking with a woman [a married woman]. However, not one of them asked Him, What are You inquiring about? or What do You want? or, Why do You speak with her?