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LIFE…begins at birth, or does it? Medical science would argue it starts at conception. Those in the camp of Pro-Life would agree. Abortions, late or early-term, destroy an embryo or fetus. No one would argue that once a live baby comes from the mother’s womb at birth, it possesses life. It becomes a viable, living being. Life is precious, maybe God’s greatest miracle. Plants, animals, mammals and humans are recipients of life.

 It simply means to live. Life is the period between birth and death. ‘The condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms, being manifested by growth through metabolism, reproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally.’ Bill, that is a mouthful! Stay with me!

 There is physical life and also spiritual life. Both coexisted in the Garden of Eden before ‘the fall’. In humanity, one is a temple for the other. The result of sin is that the physical body ultimately dies. The spiritual life is eternal. God is spirit. Every man’s soul is encased in the spirit, or so it would seem. It is the invisible fiber of our being and existence. It’s who we are. Our soul is what inherits heaven or hell extending beyond physical death.

 The Triune God (Father, Son and Spirit) created/provided life. He/They said it was good, very good. God breathed life into the lump of dirt from which He formed man. We received meaning, purpose and power for our lives. It was originally intended that the unified physical and spiritual would last for eternity. Sorta like a ‘lifetime guarantee!’ Perfect love created us, and now sustains us.

 Jesus said several things about life.

One was; lose your life to save it. “He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it” (Mt.10:39). Ditch the one you’re leading which is going nowhere; well, maybe straight to hell.

‘Try Mine’, He said. I came to give you real life, My life. It is both abundant and everlasting. “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (Jn.10:10b). We all, down deep, desire abundance. He wired us this way. The problem is; a fallen man diligently seeks it in things of this world, not that some of them are all bad.

But Jesus is saying; ‘I have so much more for you; an abundant life, a really fulfilled, prosperous, worshipful existence; and it begins here and now.’ In Ephesians 1:3b, Paul tells us that God has “blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”

The most known and quoted verse in all of the Bible points to this life. “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” (Jn.3:16). He assures us that our life will be eternal/everlasting because it is His Life. His is not subject to rust, moth, decay or death. Why? Because, in Christ there is the resurrected life. ‘Jesus said to her (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” (Jn.11:25-26)? Do you see the word never? That means eternal!

 Scripture tells us that we receive this new life through faith (believe and receive). I can’t–He can. I’m not–He is! Trust His work on the cross and hope in the resurrection. And how do we fully gain this incredible gift of life? By dying to self, and living in Christ. No verse says it better. “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Gal. 2:20).

 Do we realize why we can live life today in one of the greatest countries ever known to man? Because, for centuries countless men and women have sacrificed their safety and comfort to place their lives on the line. Many have died for us, and still are. Life, abundant and everlasting life, is not free-it was paid for. Jesus died the death we should have died and gave us the gift of life we do not deserve.

 

Christmas should remind us that He left His magnificent home at His Father’s side to get down and dirty with us, the object of God’s love. God’s gift of life to us is precious; it has been redeemed. A great price was paid! Never take it for granted. Live it fully today, every day, until That Day!

 

Copyright 2013

Bill C. Dotson

www.lifespeakstous.com

bill@abidingfathers.org

Scriptures taken from the New King James Version

Life definition taken from Dictionary.com

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