DIVINE NATURE PART V
God is the giver of life. In God is life. This is called everlasting life; life without end. The Bible says:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” – John 1:1-4
In God is eternal or everlasting life. We should remind ourselves that God created man in His image and after His likeness. Genesis 1:26-28. Everyman has eternal or everlasting life. It means physical death (or annihilation) is not the end of man. Even, man in his fallen state still has everlasting or eternal life. However, man in his fallen state is doomed to spend eternity with the devil and his demons but the regenerated man is redeemed to spend eternity with God, Jesus Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit of God, the angels and the saints of God.
Jesus Christ called “life” the nature of God “abundant life”. He said:
“I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” – John 10:9-11
Brethren, Jesus Christ went through the pains, agony, and pangs of death to secure abundant life for anyone who is interested. Abundant life is a choice. God gave man the power of choice but counseled man what to choose; He said:
“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:” – Deuteronomy 30:19
Jesus Christ (our Perfect Example) said that He knocks at the door our hearts and leaves us with the power to choose to open for Him or lock Him out of us:
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” – Revelation 3:20
Friends, life is a choice! It begins with the choice to receive Jesus Christ into our hearts as Lord and personal Savior. John 3:15-18. This is what is called “ZOE”. No one has “ZOE” in hell. Anyone without “ZOE” at the point of death goes to hell. Only those that have “ZOE” at the point of death or at the rapture go to heaven. On the other hand, we can live the replica of “life in heaven” on the earth by simply following the recipe from the Book of books; the Book of Life!
“What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.” – Psalm 34:1-14
Long-life on earth with all good things is contingent on: speaking no evil, speaking no deceit, doing no evil, seeking peace and pursuing peace! Even as believers these are principles of life that we must subscribe fully to if we desire to experience the attached promise.
God does not speak evil (Psalm 85:8), He does not speak deceit (I Peter 2:21-22), He does not do evil (Job 34:10), He seeks peace, He pursues peace and He is the God of all peace (II Thessalonians 3:16). God is the Ancient of Days (Daniel 7:9).
The responsibility is ours. By redemption, we are qualified for eternal life. By choice, we can live long in good health and as a blessing.
“For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.” – I Peter 3:10-11
You will live long on the earth in good health, heavens’ wealth and as a blessing to many generations AND you will make it to eternity with Jesus Christ!
Scriptures for meditation: Matthew 7:14; Matthew 8:8-9; Matthew 19:29; John 3:36
Jesus is Lord!