ALL LIFE IS FROM CHRIST
"In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." (JOH 1:4-5)
In order to get a right understanding of what were learning from this verse, "In him was life ,"we have to understand the full meaning of the word life as it is in the original.
The word life, as used in our text, is translated from the Greek word Zoe [dzo-ay], and it means "mere vitality," even of plants. Everything that is vital: the life of plants, the human life, the breath of our nostrils. It means to live; it means our lifetime.
When it says, "In him was life," we must understand that all life comes by the power of His Word. As we read from the creation in a previous sermon, and brought out "by him all things are made," we pointed out that every plant, every animal, and everything came by the power of His Word. All life comes through Christ. That includes everything pertaining to this lifetime.
Where our text says, "In Him was life," it must be kept in the context of the preceding verse which says, "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." (JOH 1:3)
When you study GEN 1, you will see that every green herb, every animal, everything that has life, came by the power of the Word. All life proceeds from Christ, not only our spiritual life. Christ, as the Word, is the fountain of all life. He is the life giver. Life here must be used in its broadest sense: our creature life as well as our spiritual life.
When the Lord Jesus was here on earth, He helped preserve life. Many with diseases came to Him for healing. He preserved their natural life as well as being the author of their spiritual life.
Take notice of how this same word Zoe, in the Greek, is frequently used throughout Scripture. I will use a few instances to show you how this same word is used to mean our "natural life" i.e., in our lifetime.
ACT 17:28 says, "For in him we live, and move, and have our being [the word live comes from the same Greek word speaking of our natural life.]; as certain also of your own poets have said, for we are also his offspring." He was the beginning of our life: we are His offspring. When we understand this, then we look to Him as our origin.
This Greek word Zoe, is also used to mean our creature life, or our life-time. It is used to make reference to the time of our years upon this world. Look at LUK 1:75, "In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life." There it is referring to "the days of our life."
Notice, "In Him was life." We need to understand that He is the author of our very breath and our very existence. In LUK 12:15 we read, "And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth." Again, making reference to our natural life. This is the same word in the Greek.
We find this also in LUK 16:25, "But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented." Lifetime also comes from the same word, Zoe, in the original. We need to recognize that Christ is the life, "In him was life; and the life was the light of men." He is not only our spiritual life, but He is indeed the beginning of natural life of all life, of all vitality.
In ACT 17:25 we read, "Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things." It is the Lord Jesus Christ who giveth to all their life, their breath, and all things. We have to recognize that we receive all things as from His hand. When we see our necessities of life, i. e., our food, our drink, our shelter, our clothing, our health, and our strength, we receive all things as from Christ. He is our life. "In him was life; and the life was the light of men."
This word Zoe, as it is used in our text, also teaches us that Christ is the source of our spiritual life. He is the source of our eternal and our resurrected life. What is Christ's definition of life? Lets take a good look now at what Christ uses to give you the definition of what constitutes "life."
Look in JOH 12:50, "And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak." The Word is the source of all life. The commandment, His commandment, is life.
"By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments." (1 JOH 5:2) This is our evidence that we have life. His commandment is life! When we keep His commandments, we have life.
Does that teach a religion of merit? No. Its important that we understand how the connection is in these things. As we read in ROM 8:6-7, "For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be."
The word "carnal," when you take it out of the original, means "unregenerate" - the natural mind. The natural mind is enmity against God, is not subject to His law, neither indeed can be.
Now we understand what the apostle John is saying in 1 JOH 5:2, " we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments." By this we know. That is the undeniable evidence that we have spiritual life. Jesus says in JOH 12:50, "And I know that his commandment is life everlasting." When we keep His commandments, we have life everlasting.
Where do we see the grace of God in that? By nature, we are at enmity against God. By grace are ye saved. And what is grace? Grace is the divine influence upon the heart, which is reflected in your life. So, if you are going to understand what is spiritual life, it is that divine influence upon the heart, which reflects in keeping His commandments. Thats our evidence of grace. The commandment is life everlasting.
This Greek word Zoe is used to teach the meaning of spiritual life. It is the grace of God that gives His influence upon our attitude that works repentance. "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." (JOH 6:63)
What is the word that He speaks unto us? The will of the Father. "The words that I speak unto you are spirit and they are life." It is the Spirit that quickeneth. It is the grace of God that gives us that new desire that breaks down that enmity that we have by nature against God: that enmity that makes it that we cannot be subject to His commandments.
The breaking of that rebellion, the renewing of that carnal mind, makes us subject to His will, giving us the desire to do His will is the work of grace. Thats the work of the regeneration of the Holy Spirit. "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing."
A person with a duty religion is one like a Pharisee who lives his life following only the letter of the law in his own strength. He is a hypocrite, often having great enmity towards other people. However, when the Holy Spirit quickens such a person, there is a dramatic reversal of affections.
It may happen in an instant or over the span of time, but it results in following the footsteps of Christ. It is evidence that the Holy Spirit has quickened the soul of the person. Then he has the mental disposition of Christ, and " the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." (JOH 6:63)
Christ is the Word, is He not? Our text says He is the life. The Word that He speaks unto us is the life. "In him [that is in the Word] was life; and the life was the light of men." (JOH 1:4) When we come in subjection to the Word, His commandment is life. JOH 5:24 says, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." Wherein is the distinction? Where is our evidence? "He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me."
We must understand the difference between unbelief and believing. Unbelief is uncontrollable rebellion against the authority of God. Believing is unconditional surrender to the authority of God. "He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life."
What we have to understand when we read this in 1 JOH 5:13 is that, "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God [it is unto those who believe that He has written this]; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."
This is how you may know that you have eternal life. How? By these things that He has written unto you. And what are they? Look at verse 2 of that same chapter, "By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commands are not grievous [unto us]." (1 JOH 5:2-3)
The Lord has absolutely no pleasure in you doing His will out of compulsion. If youre going to church to please your parents or your spouse, youre sitting in church, but really youre not. Just like the little boy whose mother said, "You sit down, sonny!" and he looked at her and said, "Im sitting down on the outside, but Im still standing up on the inside!"
Any time we think were serving God out of compulsion, God has no pleasure in it at all. Absolutely none! The Lord has pleasure in us when we delight to keep His commandments, and they are not grievous unto us. That we may delight to do His will! The Lord wants a heart religion, thats where theres life!
This is what He says, "He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." (JOH 5:24)
This Greek word Zoe is used to mean eternal life in JOH 10:28, "And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand." Christ is not only our natural life, He is our spiritual life. He is our resurrected life and He is our eternal life.
This Greek word Zoe is also used to mean resurrected life in JOH 11:25, "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live."
For our first point, let's consider the life of Christ as the Light to all men, "and the life was the light of men."
For our second point, let's consider how "The life [of Christ] was the Light of men," by being the example for His Church.
For our third point, let's consider how the blood of Christ is the fountain of all life.
The word live in JOH 11:25, " I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth on me, though he were dead, yet shall he live," is from the same root word in the Greek as the word life in our text, which says, "In him was life; and the life was the light of men." From which we must gather that Christ is the Light of not only believers, but of all men. That word all means all the human race. He is the Light of all men.
This is confirmed by JOH 1:9, "That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world." The Lord is speaking in such a universal sense "every man that cometh into the world." On the Day of Judgment every man will be without excuse, even those who have never heard the name of Christ, because Christ is still the Light of their conscience.
So in what sense then is Christ the "life" and the "light" of all men? In that He enlightens every man's conscience which makes him accountable. Look at ROM 2:14-15, "For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another."
The Lord Jesus Christ is that Light! He is The Word! He is the Law! He is the commandment of God! That is whats written upon the tables of their hearts, their conscience bearing them witness. How much greater accountability will they have who have had the Word of God and have disobeyed. The heathen, the gentiles, who have never heard the law, they still, by nature, do those things contained in the law. Its the result of that Light that has shone into their hearts through their consciences.
The Greek word which was translated as light in our text is Phos [foce], which means to shine forth or make manifest. What that word light means is that which is revealed to you in the will of God. It shines forth, it makes manifest, and it is that Light that shines into the conscience of those who have never heard the Word.
I remember a missionary once said that in a heathen land, where they had never heard there was a God, adultery was punished by capital punishment. Why? They were "a law unto themselves." Their conscience told them it was sin it was wrong and it was punished with capital punishment. Christ, who is the Word, the commandment, that Light shines forth shines as a witness in their conscience: "their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another." So Christ is the Light of all men.
The usage of that same word in the Greek, "Phos," throughout Scripture, clearly establishes its meaning to include the light that Christ gives all men as a witness in their consciences.
In MAT 6:23, "But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!" Watch what caused that darkness: if your eye is evil. The eye is the light of the body, and if your eye is evil, the whole body is filled with darkness. "If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!"
In LUK 11:35, "Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness." We have a responsibility, do we not? Dont bring darkness upon ourselves by rejecting the light (in other words, by overruling our conscience.) The conscience is the light, that is a natural light, in the heart of every man. Now the admonition is, "dont overrule your conscience," because when you do, that light in you becomes darkness.
Look at JOH 1:4-5, "In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." Do you see what this is teaching us? That light shines in darkness, even in a heart that has never received the light of the gospel, or in a heart where the conscience is the only witness you have. That light is still shining in that dark place.
"But the darkness comprehended it not." This teaches that Christ, as the Word, enlightens every man that comes into the world, both the just and the unjust. Every human being has a conscience!
JOH 1:9 says, "That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world." Christ is that light. He is that commandment. He is the Word, and that word enlightens every man that comes into the world. How? By the conscience, which is the voice of the Spirit of God, that is given by God.
The natural man repels that light. This is the result of the fall in Paradise. You and I can repel the light and overrule our conscience until our conscience becomes seared as with a hot iron. 1TI 4:1-2 says, "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;"
As a little child, quite often you do something and your conscience will keep you awake all night. After youve done it four or five times you can sleep after an hour or two. However, after youve done it a number of times then you can go to sleep and it wont bother you at all. But, He is that light, that "true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world." (JOH 1:9)
In ROM 1:19-20 Scripture is talking about those who hold the truth in unrighteousness, "Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them [How? In their conscience]; for God hath shown it unto them. For the invisible things [Hes talking now about what they can see with their eyes] of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse." Thats why the Lord gave every human being a conscience, that they would be without excuse.
"For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made [the things that we do not see are made clear by the things that we do see the claims of creation], even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse." (ROM 1:20) Every man on the Day of Judgment will be without excuse, they will not be able to say, "Well, I didnt know!" Christ is that Light.
The unjust - "every man that cometh into the world" - the natural man - repels the light and walks in darkness because he does not want his deeds to be comprehended. JOH 3:19-21 says, "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world " that means that the manifestation of Gods will has come into the world. It is instilled in the heart, it is born in the conscience. "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world [The Lord Jesus Christ is that light], and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." (JOH 3:19)
It says in JOH 1:5, "And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." The darkness doesnt want to observe it! The heart of man would rather not have the light, but repel the light. Why? Because their deeds are evil and they overrule their conscience.
"For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. [What light? The manifestation of Gods will.] But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." (JOH 3:20-21)
Even though man by nature is spiritually dead, that is, their heart and their affections are set on the things of this life, yet they are responsible for the light, which is their condemnation. That Light which has come into the world will bring every man to be condemned of their own selves. Their conscience will testify against them on the great Day of Judgment, even if thats the only light they ever had.
ROM 8:5-6 says, "For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace." I want you to see the distinction between life and death. It's summed up in one word, attitude. Carnally minded spiritually minded. The one is death the other one is life.
We need to understand how important the word "attitude" is. Those who are carnally minded, "For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. [the distinction between life and death is the attitude, carnally minded - spiritually minded,.] So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God." (ROM 8:5-8) You cannot please God when your attitude is wrong.
All men must account for that light which is God's law of love written in their heart. Every human being is going to account for that. ROM 2:15 says, "Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another." It is the law thats written in their hearts, their conscience speaking, and the light thats shining from the conscience that God has instilled in every human being. That light is the Light of Christ.
For our second point, let's consider how "The life [of Christ] was the light of men," by being the example for His Church. I want you to understand how your walk of life becomes the light of the world when you walk in the footsteps of Christ.
Man was created in the image of God, but since we lost that image in the fall, it is through the life of Christ that we have that true character of God revealed unto us. It is through Christ formed in you, not only that you have the hope of glory, but that you become the light of the world. It is by an example. It is by walking according to the example of Jesus Christ. You and I become the deterrent, the salt of the earth, by our example.
It is very difficult for somebody who is very angry at you to remain that way while youre heaping coals of love on his head. While youre doing things for his good, while hes trying to destroy you, makes it very difficult for him its a deterrent. Im not saying it completely stops it, but its a great deterrent its like salt deterring decay. It is these examples of Christ that become a light to His church and to the world.
We are commanded to "...put on the new man." That is the new life according to the law of love. Were commanded to do this, which is patterned after the life of Christ. What are we commanded to do in the way of the law of love? COL 3:8-10, "But now ye also put off all these; [We are to put off the old man,] anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. [All those have to be cleaned out of your mouth.] Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him."
When you put on the new man, you walk in the example of Christ that spirit of self-sacrifice, that walk of life that becomes the Light of the world, is Christ in you!
Ive explained before: the moon is a mass with no light in it. All it does is reflect the light of the sun. The stars have light within themselves, just like the sun does. The children of God are compared to the stars. Do you know what that means? You have light in you! Do you know what Light that is? It is Christ in you, the hope of glory!
COL 1:27 says, "To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:" It is that light that you are actually a bearer of. Youre not only a reflection of that light, but you have light in you. Christ in you, the hope of glory. It is Christ seen in your attitude, your conversation, and your honesty (you "lie not one to another"). Youre not puffed up, you are not full of wrath, malice, or filthy communication. They see Christ in you. Youre not only a reflection of Christ, but Christ is actually formed in you. You become a light.
The key-note of Christ's life was His perfect satisfaction of the law by humbling Himself, and becoming obedient unto death which was crowned by His sacrifice on the cross. We see that in PHI 2:8, where it says, "And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." This was the crown, the keynote, of His entire life.
It is by walking in the way of the cross that His Light changes your thoughts. Everything you know is of absolutely no value until you put it into action. You may know all about Christ; you may know all about walking in Christs footsteps; you may have learned it in the schools and intellectually; but until you put it into action, it has no value to you. It is by walking in the way of the cross that His Light changes your thoughts. It changes your affections, it changes your will and your hearts to learn what it means to live a life of self-sacrifice.
You dont learn that out of a book, you learn that by experience. It is by walking in His footsteps, that you begin to learn these things that accompany salvation. 2 PE 1:10-11 says, "Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ."
ROM 6:5-6 says, "For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin." It is by learning to walk in His footsteps that we become the light. It is by the light of His example, and His walk of life, that He reflects the true character of God in us. The words Jesus spoke revealed the mysteries which had been kept secret from the foundation of the world, but the example of Jesus' life must become our life.
1PE 2:21, "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps." Are we following His commandments? If so, thats the evidence of our eternal life.
Suffering is relieved when it is exalted into sacrifice. Im going to use an illustration. Well say that your brother borrowed $100 from you, and he isnt able to pay. That debt would really bother you until you can exalt that loss onto the altar of sacrifice, and give it over, and forgive the debt. Quite a thought, isnt it? The pain is gone. Now the debt is paid. Now you can forget it completely because you forgave it!
Suffering is relieved when it is exalted into sacrifice. Then we are not ashamed of the gospel of Christ when death brings life. When we see that we have to mark "death" on everything that pertains to our flesh, we have to mark "death" on everything that exalts the flesh. We have to mark "death" upon everything of the old man of sin. Theres no pain in that when that is exalted to the altar of sacrifice. Do you know why? That pain is removed when death is exalted unto life. We find that is where we have spiritual life.
As we become conformed to the blessed image of Christ we must put off the old man of sin. In COL 3:3-4 it says, "For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory."
We see how were able to put all of our losses, everything that we had to write "death" and put it on the altar of sacrifice. But whats the reward? You "shall appear with him in glory." (COL 3:4b) As we become conformed unto this blessed image of Christ, we can put off the old man of sin the pain is no longer there.
1 COR 15:49-50, "And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption." As long as were going to serve the flesh, and the lusts of the flesh, we cannot enter the kingdom of God. ACT 17:28, "For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring."
For our third point, let's consider how the blood of Christ is the fountain of all life.
The Lord had forbidden any person to eat blood because the life is in the blood. We see that in DEU 12:23, "Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh." The life is the blood, and it is the blood of Christ whereby we obtain life.
Our text says, "In him was life; and the life was the light of men." It is through the blood of Christ that God's chosen people have both life and light.
EPH 1:4-9 says, "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: [In the doctrine of predestination, what are we predestined to?] having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself."
We are predestined unto being His children, according to the good pleasure of His will, which is the central theme of all predestining. We are predestined to be conformed into the blessed image of Christ, unto holiness. We are predestined unto the adoption of children. This redemption is not only from the consequences of sin. To be redeemed is not only to be redeemed out of the pit of hell, but it is through Christs blood, His church is redeemed from the power of sin, that you should no longer walk in or serve sin.
We see this in COL 1:10-14, "That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet [or fit in character] to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins."
That redemption is to be redeemed from the power of darkness and translated into His kingdom. It is to be delivered from walking in the things of this earth and to turn to walk in " the kingdom of His dear Son: in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of [our] sins." (COL 1:13-14)
Forgiveness comes after deliverance from the power of sin. You will never have a pardon sealed to your soul while youre walking in, and cherishing, sin. Youll never receive a pardon for your sin until youve been delivered from that sin.
It is through Christ's blood that the Father's purpose in creation is restored as we are conformed to that image of Christ, "Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature." (COL 1:15)
GAL 2:20 says, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." It is just in proportion as we are crucified with Christ that He lives within us. Just in equal proportion, as we come in the way of progressive sanctification, and become more and more crucified with Christ, that He lives within us.
What does that mean - to live by the faith of the Son of God? Are you a stranger to that? Let me give you an illustration of it. It is when we come to the end of ourselves, and Christ is lifted up before our eyes, and then we see the faith of Jesus Christ, as in HEB 12:2, "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame."
In HEB 12:3 it goes on to show us how we now look to Him in the faith of Jesus Christ, for we see how He despised the shame, and He endured the cross for the reward that was set before Him. And now consider Him, " that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds."
When Christ is evidently set before our eye of faith by the Holy Spirit, were given a faith view of what Christ endured. We see that were only stepping in His footprints, and the Lord is leading us to where were actually walking step by step right in His footprints. It is by living by the faith of Jesus Christ that we see what the Lord led Him through, and we see that the Lord is leading us in His footprints.
Then we understand such contradiction of men against us. We dont faint and become weary in our minds. Do you know why? It is because we see that were just following our blessed Saviour. That is where our faith becomes strengthened by the faith of Jesus Christ.
"The life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." (GAL 2:20) When we learn to see how He suffered such contradiction of men and learn to see how He suffered such blasphemy, now, we are able, by his strength to not faint in our minds, while we tread in His footprints.
We cannot claim to be delivered from the condemnation of the law if we walk after the flesh. ROM 8:1-2, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, [And who are those that are in Christ?] who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." It is the law of the Spirit which is the law of love.
In GAL 5:14-16 we read, "For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. [The law of the spirit, or the spirit of the law, is all fulfilled in one command: "thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."] But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh."
If we have that Spirit of Christ, we shall feed on the bread of life, and not on the husks which the swine have left. What is it that we feed on? Is it gossip or any other sin against our neighbor? Is it the husks that the swine would leave? Or are we feeding upon the bread of life, the broken body of Christ whereby we uplift our neighbor?
In JOH 6:56, we read, "He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him." Our text says, "In him was life [if we eat His flesh and drink His blood, we have life.]; and the life was the light of men." This word life comes from the Greek word Zoe that means "in this life-time." We dont wait for Christ to be formed in us someday in heaven. It is in this lifetime. We are conformed in the image of Christ in our walk of life. We enter the kingdom of Christ in this life. That word means "in this lifetime." Amen
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