In Him was Life


John 1

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.

At first read of In him was life, that verse seems to communicate that life, breathing and functioning, comes from Christ. There are several Greek words used for life in the New Testament. Here, zōē is used for life. According to Strong’s Concordance, our understanding appears to be confirmed as it defines life as 1. the state of one who is possessed of vitality or is animate; 2. of the absolute fulness of life, both essential and ethical, which belongs to God, and through him both to the hypostatic “logos” (Word) and to Christ in whom the “logos” put on human nature; 3. life real and genuine, a life active and vigorous, devoted to God, blessed, in the portion even in this world of those who put their trust in Christ, but after the resurrection to be consummated by new accessions (among them a more perfect body), and to last for ever.

In him was life conveys so much more about Christ than those four words taken independently. Those words are another affirmation of Jesus’ deity: the Son as well as the Father has “life in himself” (5:26). Who can give life other than God? I dare say none; thus, Jesus is equated with God. Furthermore, Jesus is called the Word; therefore Jesus is the Living Word as Jesus is called in 1 John 1:1-2, “the Word of Life.”Guzik says, “The Word is the source of all life. The ancient Greek word translated life is zoe, which means “the life principle,” not bios, which is mere biological life. This life is the light of men, speaking of spiritual light as well as natural light. It isn’t that the Word “contains” life and light; He is life and light. Therefore, without Jesus, we are dead and in darkness. We are lost. Significantly, man has an inborn fear towards both death and darkness.”

Vines conveys and confirms that death came through sin, Rom 5:12, which is rebellion against God. Sin thus involved the forfeiting of the “life.” “The life of the flesh is in the blood,” Lev 17:11. Therefore the impartation of “life” to the sinner must be by a death caused by the shedding of that element which is the life of the flesh. “It is the blood that maketh atonement by reason of the life” (id., RV). The separation from God caused by the forfeiting of the “life” could be removed only by a sacrifice in which the victim and the offerer became identified. This which was appointed in the typical offerings in Israel received its full accomplishment in the voluntary sacrifice of Christ. The shedding of the blood in the language of Scripture involves the taking or the giving of the “life.” Since Christ had no sins of his own to die for, His death was voluntary and vicarious, Jhn 10:15 with Isaiah 53:5, 10, 12; 2 Corinthians 5:21. In His sacrifice He endured the Divine judgment due to man’s sin. By this means the believer becomes identified with Him in His deathless “life,” through His resurrection, and enjoys conscious and eternal fellowship with God.

I believe that this confirms what God says through John that In him was life. Are you in Christ? Have you given your life to Christ? A life for life. Surrender to Jesus.

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