If you have been tracking with this blog, then you know that Jesus, in John’s Gospel, has made several statements about the kind of life that he offers. It is not biological life (bios), or the life of the soul (psyche). It is divine, eternal, spiritual life (zoe). Eternal life is Christ’s very own life.
1 John 1:1-2. That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 the life [zoe] was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life [zoe], which was with the Father and was made manifest to us—
Look at how John is talking about God’s life. It is hearable, seeable, touchable, it was made manifest. How? In the human life of Jesus the Christ. Just as it was seeable, touchable, tasteable, and manifest in the Garden’s Tree of Life, it was made manifest in the bios and psyche of Jesus. The divine life became a knowable, relatable human life.
1 John 5:11-12. And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life [zoe], and this life [zoe] is in his Son.12 Whoever has the Son has life [zoe]; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life [zoe].
What is eternal life? Is it simply being with God forever and ever? John tells us that it is much more than that. It is Jesus. It is his life united with our life. To have eternal life you have to have the Son. As Christians this means that we are already experiencing eternal life.
1 John 5:20-21. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life [zoe].21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
We know Jesus as truth. We are in Jesus as truth. “He is the true God and eternal life.”
What amazing statements! No other religion makes these kinds of claims about it’s leaders or founders. No other system asks you to put all your faith into a human life, trusting that it is also the divine life that brings eternal life.
This is the basis of all grace. Why are we done with striving? Why is our work over? Why is it by faith and not by works of righteousness that we have done? Why tetelestai?
Because Jesus’ life has done all the living I need to do for me. All the righteous requirements of the law of God have found their full obedience in him. And this is the life that he offers. This full and complete human yet divine life united to our lives. That is amazing love.