“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 give or offer the fallen mankind is “Life.” Jesus states it loud and clear: “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10 NKJV).
If what Jesus Christ came to give us is life, 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 have life but not God’s kind of life! We were born with a natural or physical life. But what Jesus came to give us is divine or supernatural life, the kind of life that God has (John 5:21, 26).
How is the divine life Jesus came to give us different from the natural life we were born with?
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 a life inferior to that which God has. It is the very life of God!
The spiritual, divine or supernatural life imparted to a repentant and believing heart at the point of spiritual regeneration transcends everything on this earth, for it comes from above (John 3:31).
It is an overcoming, victorious, or winning life, for whatever is born of God overcomes the world (1 John 5:4). 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.
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.
This is why the Scripture states that: “Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He comes forth like a flower and fades away; He flees like a shadow and does not continue.” (Job 14:1-2 NKJV).
“For all his days are sorrowful, and his work burdensome; even in the night his heart takes no rest. This also is vanity.” (Eccl. 2:23 NKJV).
Second, the Life Jesus gives imparts divine or supernatural nature.
The life of God is responsible for His nature. The born-again believers have become partakers of the very nature of God because they have received the very life of God at the new birth (2 Pet. 1:4).
The nature of God is 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 and intimate relationship or communion with God.
It is also the life of God in the believers that creates and sustains undying desire, hunger or thirst in the believer’s hearts for spiritual truth, God’s Word. It is impossible to love, worship and serve God acceptably without having His life in you (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 love and hunger for the things of this world. 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, know, understand and believe spiritual truths.
The Scripture states: “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John 17:3 NKJV).
“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.” (1 John 5:20 NKJV).
Moreover, it is the supernatural life in the believers that gives 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 or spiritual knowledge to the believer’s soul.
The Scripture states: “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 five natural senses. A natural man is limited to natural wisdom, knowledge or understanding.
This is why the Scripture states that: “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.” (1 Cor. 2:14 NKJV).
Lastly, the Life Jesus offers all mankind is infinity, 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 “ everlasting life.”
The Scripture states: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 NKJV).
Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life. (John 6:47 NKJV).
Death only has power to terminate the natural and temporal life, but not the divine and eternal life. This is why 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).
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, receiving and confessing Jesus Christ as his Saviour, and submitting or surrendering to Jesus Christ as his Lord.
The Scripture testifies 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).
“The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. “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.” (John 3:35-36 NKJV).
Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for offering me eternal life in the person of Jesus Christ. Today, I receive and confess Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour and thus receive the gift of eternal life, in Jesus’ name. Amen.