“And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1 John 5:11-12 NKJV).
Simply put, what Jesus Christ came to offer the fallen mankind is “Life.”
Jesus stated His mission loud and clear, saying, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10 NKJV).
If what Jesus came to give us is life, then it simply means that life is all that we need.
But, does that mean we didn’t have life before Jesus Christ came into the world?
Obviously, we had life, but not God’s kind of life!
We were born with a natural life, but what Jesus came to give us is a divine life, the kind of life that is in God (John 5:21, 26).
How is the divine life Jesus came to give us different from the natural life we already have in us?
First, the Life Jesus gives is spiritual, divine, supernatural and heavenly.
It is the very life of God.
Jesus said, “For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself.” (John 5:26 NKJV).
“For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will.” (John 5:21 NKJV).
The nature or quality of life that Jesus gives to everyone who believes in Him, receives Him, and submits to Him is the same as the life in God; it is not inferior to it in any way.
The spiritual, divine, or supernatural life imparted to a repentant and believing heart at the point of spiritual birth transcends everything on this earth, for it comes from above (John 3:31).
The life Jesus gives is an overcoming, victorious, or winning life, for whatever is born of God overcomes the world. Therefore, anyone who has the spiritual, divine, supernatural or heavenly life in him has divine capacity or ability to overcome, triumph, prosper and succeed in this world (1 John 5:4).
In contrast, the life we have through the natural birth is physical, human, natural and earthly. It is a weak, inferior or deficient life that is susceptible to sickness, poverty, failure, frustration, and death.
The Scripture amply testifies to the brevity and susceptibility of human life.
1 Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble.
2 He comes forth like a flower and fades away; He flees like a shadow and does not continue. (NKJV).
23 For all his days are sorrowful, and his work burdensome; even in the night his heart takes no rest. This also is vanity. (NKJV).
Second, the Life Jesus gives imparts divine or supernatural nature.
The born again believers are partakers of the very nature of God (2 Pet. 1:4). The nature of God in the believers is expressed as the fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Gal. 5:22-23).
Your born-again spirit has the same divine, holy, and loving nature of God. But, you can only manifest God’s nature in your born-again spirit to the degree or extent to which you renew your physical mind (Rom. 12:2).
In contrast to divine life, the human life imparts fallen, corrupt, sinful and rebellious nature.
Third, the Life Jesus gives imparts God-consciousness.
The life of God gives the born-again believers the spiritual capacity to worship God in spirit and truth, and to enjoy a personal, loving and intimate relationship or communion with God.
It is also the life of God in the believers that creates and sustains an undying desire, hunger or thirst in the believer’s hearts for spiritual truths, God’s Word. It is impossible to love, worship and serve God acceptably without having His life in your heart (Psa. 27:4, Phil. 3:7-12).
In contrast, the natural life imparts self-consciousness. This is why the unbelievers are only self-seeking and self-centred. Any believer with an unrenewed mind may also remain self-seeking and self-centred.
The physical or earthly life also imparts and sustains the love and hunger for the things of this world in human hearts. This is why the unregenerate people are passionately and unrelentingly pursuing the ephemeral pleasures, riches and material prosperity at the expense of their souls (Matt. 6:31-33, 1 John 2:15-17).
Fourth, the Life Jesus gives imparts spiritual understanding.
Eternal life is a spiritual capacity to know God intimately and to receive, understand and believe spiritual truths.
The Scripture testifies to this truth.
3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. (NKJV).
1 John 5:
20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. (NKJV).
Moreover, it is the supernatural life that Jesus gives the believers that impart to them the supernatural ability to know, understand, discern or recognize God’s voice (John 10:14).
The life of God transmits the light of life to the believer’s soul!
John writes, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 NKJV).
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12 NKJV).
In contrast, a natural man who is alienated from God’s life is without a spiritual light or understanding, but he is spiritually blind, walking about in spiritual darkness (Eph. 4:17-18).
The natural life only imparts the natural ability to operate by the natural senses. A natural man is limited to natural wisdom, knowledge or understanding.
1 Corinthians 2:
14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (NKJV).
Lastly, the Life Jesus offers all mankind is eternal, timeless, limitless, or everlasting.
Death cannot terminate God’s life in the believers. Divine life swallows up death in victory. This is why the Scripture calls it “eternal or everlasting life.”
Death only has power to terminate the natural and temporal life, but not the divine and eternal life that Jesus gives.
Jesus said to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. “And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26 NKJV).
Beloved, divine or supernatural life is not something abstract, but it is a divine personality. It is Jesus Christ Himself.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6 NKJV).
John the Beloved also said affirms to this truth.
1 John 1:
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life–
2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us– (NKJV).
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us in due time.
The person of Jesus Christ and the life He came to give us are inseparable. The life Jesus gives is the expression of His person. Therefore, no one can have divine, supernatural, or heavenly life without believing in Jesus Christ, receiving and confessing Jesus Christ as his Saviour, and submitting or surrendering to Jesus Christ as his Lord.
1 John 5:
11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. (NKJV).
35 “The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand.
36 “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (NKJV).
Friend, why not believe, receive, and confess Jesus Christ today as your personal Lord and Saviour, so that you may receive the divine, supernatural, or heavenly life?
Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for offering me divine life in the person of Jesus Christ. Today, I believe, receive and confess Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour and thus receive the gift of eternal life, in Jesus’ name. Amen.