Life Eternal Begins Now
is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in
his Son. 1 John 5:11.
The resurrection of Jesus was a sample of the final resurrection of all who
sleep in Him.
He [the Christian] may die; but the life of Christ
is in him, and at the resurrection of the just he will rise to newness of
"In him [Christ] was life; and the life was the
light of men." It is not physical life that is here specified, but immortality,
the life which is exclusively the property of God. The Word, who was with
God, and who was God, had this life. Physical life is something which each
individual receives. It is not eternal or immortal; for God, the Life-giver,
takes it again. Man has no control over his life. But the life of Christ was
unborrowed. No one can take this life from Him. "I lay it down of myself,"
He said. In Him was life, original, unborrowed, underived. This life is not
inherent in man. He can possess it only through Christ.
While bearing human nature, He [Christ] was dependent
upon the Omnipotent for His life. In His humanity, He laid hold of the divinity
of God; and this every member of the human family has the privilege of doing.
. . .
If we repent of our transgression, and receive Christ
as the Life-giver, . . . we become one with Him, and our will is brought into
harmony with the divine will. We become partakers of the life of Christ, which
is eternal. We derive immortality from God by receiving the life of Christ,
for in Christ dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. This life is
the mystical union and cooperation of the divine with the human.
Christ became one flesh with us, in order that we might
become one spirit with Him. It is by virtue of this union that we are to come
forth from the grave--not merely as a manifestation of the power of Christ,
but because, through faith, His life has become ours. Those who see Christ
in His true character, and receive Him into the heart, have everlasting life.
It is through the Spirit that Christ dwells in us; and the Spirit of God,
received into the heart by faith, is the beginning of the life eternal.
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