Saturday, February 5, 2011

Jesus Came to Give Us Eternal Life

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his son (1 John 5:11).

When Jesus came into this world, He came do much more than merely die for our sins. He identified His mission in John 10:10: "...I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest"(Contemporary English Version). His death was actually a means to an end; to give us "life in its fullest." That life is eternal life. Eternal life is not life that goes on endlessly; it's the life of God. The Greek word is "Zoe," the essence and quality of divinity! It is the quality of life that God possesses.

The Bible says, "He that hath the Son hath the life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not the life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may have eternal life and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God" (1 John 5:12-13). So, eternal life isn't something you're going to have in the sweet by and by; it's not a promise, but a present-hour reality. It's the possession of the one who has recieved Jesus.

Little wonder the scriptures declare that "we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in the newness of life" (Romans 6:4). That means we died in Him, and have also been raised together with Him to a newness of life. This new life is the life of God. It's the very nature of God. Your human life was supplanted with the life and nature of God the very minute you received Jesus as Lord and Saviour of your life. That life in you makes indestructible and supernatural.

This is why you must preach the gospel(the good news- of eternal life). This is what should excite you to tell men and women about Jesus. He came to do more than forgive and save humanity from sin; He came also to give us the God-life. Through him, life and immortality has been brought to light(2 Timothy 1:10). Let those around you who haven't yet known the Lord know that they don't have to grope in the darkness anymore, for God has made it possible for them through Jesus to receive eternal life, and become partakers of the divine nature.

Heavenly Father, I thank you for sending Jesus to die for me, therefore making it possible for me to recieve eternal life! I declare that this life is working in every fibre of my being, repelling sickness, disease, infirmity, death, poverty and everything that is inconsistent with the provisions of the divine life, in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Rhapsody of Realities January 15, 2010
-Pastor Anita Oyakhilome

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