I was doing some Bible reading and thought about something that never occured to me before. When we use the term "eternal life" or "everlasting life", we almost exclusively are talking about the length of time of our life. We use it as a way to say that we will never die and we will live forever.
But Jesus defined the term differently. JWs love to use John 17:3 to talk about how knowledge LEADS to eternal life. But notice Jesus exact words. He does not say anything about the length of time.
John 17:3 - Now THIS is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent
So although the effects of eternal life is that we will never die, the REAL meaning of eternal life is knowing God. It's a quality not a quantity of time. It made me think of Adam. When he had eternal life he walked with God and spoke with him. But when he sinned he was cut off from knowing God in that sort of intimate way.
So in this way, we have eternal life NOW. Notice 1John 2:13. Those that are "fathers" or spiritually mature Christians are those that KNOW God. If we know God and are known by Him, then we have attained eternal life.
I don't know if any of the Christians here have thought about eternal life in this way. It was just an interesting though to me.