June 29th 2010

Living Life To The Full

“…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.’”
John 10:10 (NIV)

Jesus said he had come that we might have life to the full. But he wasn’t talking about physical life and blessings. In the New Testament there are three Greek words which are translated as “life.” The first one, “psuche”, means the breath or human spirit that sustains our physical life—as in the breath of life God breathed into Adam (Genesis 2:7). The second, “bios”, as in biology or biosphere, means physical matter, the body and the physical things needed to sustain it, such as food. But the word translated “life” in John 10:10 is different. It is “zoe”, like the girl’s name, and it means the spiritual life that God Himself has. It’s the absolute fullness of life which belongs to God and Jesus Christ. It’s the real, active, love-filled spiritual life that God has always had and that will last forever. And because of what Jesus Christ has done, passing from death to life, this spiritual life is available to us now. It’s a different level, a higher, deeper, wider, more profound life than we can humanly conceive. It’s the life that we will inherit for all eternity, but it’s also a life that God wants us to start to taste and experience now through Jesus Christ living in us by the Holy Spirit.

Consider these further verses about life which are also translated from “zoe”:
“In him [Jesus] was life, and that life was the light of men” (John 1:4).
“For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world … Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty’” (John 6:33, 35).
“I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25).
“I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6).
“But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31).

When we believe and accept Jesus Christ we start to live a new life—in fact he himself becomes our life as he lives in us. And we embark on a wonderful, love-filled, hope-filled, spiritual life that will last forever. That’s what living life to the full really means.

William Barclay wrote: “To be a follower of Jesus, to know who he is and what he means, is to have a super-abundance of life.… When we walk with Jesus, there comes a new vitality, a superabundance of life. It is only when we live with Christ that life becomes really worth living and we begin to live in the real sense of the word.”

Heavenly Father, help me truly to understand and appreciate the new spiritual ‘zoe’ life that you have for me in Jesus Christ, and to experience it through allowing him to live more fully in me everyday.

Study by Simon Williams 

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