FRESH MANNA NO. 20

THE LIFE OF THE ETERNAL ONE

BY:  KENNETH GREATOREX

NOVEMBER 7, 2002

And the testimony is this, that God has given us ETERNAL LIFE, and this LIFE IS IN HIS SON. He who has the Son has the LIFE; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the LIFE. 1 John 11-12 NAU

Recently the old tune, “I shall know Him,” written by Fanny Crosby, was going through my mind. She was to know our Lord “by the nail-prints in His hands.” Her understanding, and that of many, was using natural knowledge to describe the heavenly/spiritual realm in earthly terminology, thinking such to be real. This view hinders the true understanding of the SPIRITUAL reality of ETERNAL LIFE, or better put, THE LIFE OF THE ETERNAL ONE. This LIFE we are called to KNOW in an ever increasing manner.

Looking back through the years, I recall altar calls encouraging people to come to Jesus to have “eternal life.” This of course was a kind of “pie in the sky” life complete with “mansions of glory” that appealed to the carnal man. The description of the BRIDE in Revelation Twenty-one is used to paint a kind of heaven that appeals to the carnal man with it’s streets of gold, etc. Pictorial descriptions may aid our understanding, BUT, we must not confuse them with spiritual reality.

A few weeks ago as I was reading First John, I saw a description of ETERNAL LIFE that through the years I had in part missed. “What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life – – and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you THE ETERNAL LIFE, which WAS with the Father and WAS manifested to us–.” 1 John 1:1-2 NAU

We can talk about “eternal or everlasting” coming from the Greek word, “aionios.” The basic meaning is “age during,” but, what I am emphasizing is, ETERNAL LIFE IS A PERSON! This LIFE was manifested, it APPEARED in human form. It was visible and could be related to. ETERNAL LIFE is the life of God. ETERNAL LIFE IS A PERSON!!

Salvation is based upon HIS LIFE. “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be SAVED BY HIS LIFE. Romans 5:10. Or, Literally “IN His life.”

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is ETERNAL LIFE IN Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23. Where has our Father placed up? He placed us IN CHRIST!!!

“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. This is the true God and ETERNAL LIFE.” 1 John 5:20. Yes, we may KNOW HIM, not just about Him!

The Greek word used in 1 John 5:20 for our English word “know” is, “ginosko.” It means to know, from the most basic introduction to the most intimate [sexual], and to continue to grow in knowledge. It is an unending knowing.

“Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life. “This is ETERNAL LIFE, that they may KNOW You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:1-3. We KNOW [ginosko] Him because we are saved by His LIFE, we have been placed IN Christ, and He in us. This is not some “go to heaven” doctrine, but RELATIONSHIP.

Many years ago I learned the following chorus. The composer, though unknown, did have some understanding of truth.

This is the purpose of life eternal,

That we might know the Lord.

This is the purpose of life eternal,

That we might know the Lord.

In His presence, filled with His glory,

Ever hearing the living word.

This is the purpose of life eternal,

That we might know the Lord.

True life is the LIFE OF THE ETERNAL ONE dwelling in us, and we in Him. This is ETERNAL LIFE. We continue to develop in KNOWLEDGE because the ONE who is ETERNAL LIFE dwells in us. Within His purposes, He will fill the earth with the knowledge of Himself until the fullness of His glory dwells in ALL whom He has called.

May these thoughts be a blessing to all of you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRESH MANNA NO. 20 – LIFE OF THE ETERNAL ONE, THE [Kenneth Greatorex]          1

 

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