ETERNAL LIFE

John 10:10; I John 5:11-13
“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent”John 17:3.
Life is of different kinds. There is plant life, there is animal life, there is human life, there is angelic life, and there is the God-kind of life. Of all the kinds of life there are, the greatest and finest is the God-kind of life.
The God-kind of life is also known as eternal life. It is referred to as Zoe in the Greek. It is the nature of God; it is life as God has it; it is the very quality of life God possesses. Each kind of life offers possibilities and realities of its own kind. For example, the plant life cannot do what the animal life can do, neither can the human life do what the angelic life can. The God-kind of life offers peculiar realities of its own kind.
Jesus Christ came into the world to bestow eternal life upon everyone who believes in God through Him (John 10:10). Anyone who takes Jesus Christ for his possession has eternal life (1 John 5:11-12). Why? This is because He is that eternal life and the Giver of it (1 John 1:1-3). Eternal life is God’s nature. Anyone who is born of God has that nature (1 John 5:1).
Eternal life functions through the active, on-going knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ, His Son (John 17:3). This knowledge comes to us through the revelation of God’s Word. In other words, the revelation of God’s Word gives the knowledge of God to us.
Eternal life can only be lived or expressed through the revelation knowledge of God’s Word. Little wonder Jesus said: “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent”” (John. 17: 3).
Shalom!

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