Helpful distinction from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
This meaning of 'eternal life' appears very clearly in the account of the raising of Lazarus: 'He who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die' (Jn 11:25-26). 'Because I live, you will live also', says Jesus to his disciples at the Last Supper (Jn 14:19), and he thereby reveals once again that a distinguishing feature of the disciple of Jesus is the fact that he 'lives': beyond the mere fact of existing, he has found and embraced the real life that everyone is seeking. On the basis of such texts, the early Christians called themselves simply 'the living' (hoi zontes). They had found what all are seeking--life itself, full and, hence, indestructible life."