But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end everlasting life.
Eternal life is not a gift as of something fixed, finished, accomplished, and passed over. It is a gift as education is. It is something wrought patiently and long in a man. Eternal life is a gift to us as the sunlight is to the flowers — an influence which enters into them and fashions them. Eternal life from the hand of God is a gift to mankind, as healing is a gift from the physician to the patient. It is that which is slowly wrought in them. Eternal life is wrought in us by the power of the Highest, by the indwelling of the Holy Ghost. And the hope of the future is that God's Spirit, entering into the soul, will give it eternal life.
(H. W. Beecher.)
Parallel VersesKJV: But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.