Life in Christ
am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
All created beings live by the will and
power of God. They are recipients of the life of the Son of God. However able
and talented, however large their capacities, they are replenished with life
from the source of all life. He is the spring, the fountain, of life. Only He
who alone hath immortality, dwelling in light and life, could say, "I have
power to lay down My life, and I have power to take it again." . . .
Christ was invested with the right to
give immortality. The life which He had laid down in humanity, He again took up
and gave to humanity. "I am come," He says, "that they might
have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." . . .
All who are one with Christ through faith
in Him gain an experience which is life unto eternal life. . . . "Because
I live, ye shall live also."
Christ became one with humanity, that
humanity might become one in Spirit and life with Him. By virtue of this union
in obedience to the Word of God, His life becomes their life. He says to the
penitent, "I am the resurrection, and the life." Death is looked upon
by Christ as sleep--silence, darkness, sleep. He speaks of it as if it were of
little moment. "Whosoever liveth and believeth in Me," He says,
"shall never die." . . . And to the believing one, death is but a
small matter. With him to die is but to sleep.
The same power that raised Christ from
the dead will raise His church, and glorify it with Christ, as His bride, above
all principalities, above all powers, above every name that is named, not only
in this world, but also in the heavenly courts, the world above. The victory of
the sleeping saints will be glorious on the morning of the resurrection.
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