He that hath the Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. (1 Jn. 5:12 KJV)
One of the most precious gifts we have as believers is the gift of eternal life, which is God’s very life. There are at least two misconceptions to clear from our repertoire of knowledge about the gift of eternal life. Firstly, the gift of eternal life is not simply living forever. It is much more than everlasting life. Secondly, God is not waiting to give us this life only when we get to heaven. We have this life here and now. Our scripture above says whoever has the Son of God has life, right now.
Life is the fundamental principle that governs the state of existence as well as the kind of functions and operations a living being can undertake. A dog, for example, has animal life in it (specifically dog-kind of life), which determines its state of existence as well as how it behaves and acts. Humans behave and act differently from animals because we have a higher life in us. In the OT, God made a donkey speak to the prophet Balaam with a human voice (Numbers 23 and 24). “But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.” (2 Pet. 2:16 KJV). This shows us that a donkey can talk, with a human voice if human life is at work in it. Its body did not change when it spoke to the prophet. What was different was the spiritual principle, the life, that controls how it functioned.
Think about the divine life for a moment. What will happen if divine life is put within human beings? They will act and function like God! This is fundamental in grasping the full import of the gift of eternal life to believers. His life makes us live like He does. Jesus on earth was the perfect picture of divine life operating in human flesh. Eternal life operates in your spirit, mind and our mortal bodies. The Apostle Paul says “For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.” (2 Cor. 4:11 KJV). God’s life is manifested! If God were living in a mortal body, which He did in Christ, He would not be sick, broke, weakly, or fearful. The life of God destroys disease and produces health. It works in our minds and raises us to wisdom and understanding in the affairs of life. We have God’s life here and now, and should derive maximum benefit from it. Know what you have got, stretch your faith and receive it in its fullness.
The Word in your mind and mouth (1 Tim 4:15; Josh 1: 8)
Ponder, and ponder again upon the verse above until it takes a hold of you, that you have God’s life running through you here and now. Declare it to yourself, your body, your mind, and circumstances that God’s life is manifesting in everything that concerns you.
Water the Seed (word) to grow. Invite the Spirit’s strength! (Isa 32:15; Zach 4:6)
Thank God for the gift of eternal life to you. It is most precious, and cannot be earned. Christ died that we can live with this life. Ask the Lord to cause you to know how to walk in this new life.
APPLY THE WORD TODAY!
Your door to a blessed life today is doing God’s Word. Refuse to be a hearer or reader only! (James 1:22-26)
Is there any situation that is contrary to the life of God that is in you? If so, that is not of God. Something, therefore, might be challenging the life of God running in your spirit, soul, and body. Apply your faith and bring it under subjection to the life of God! Your faith is the victory over the circumstances of your life (1 Jn 5:4).
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