by Rex Conklin with Frank Klin
Come now let us reason together. We are challenged to be Bereans so test the spirits and search the Scriptures to see if these things are so. Study with a friend and pray for discernment because we are promised that wherever two or three are gathered in Jesus’ Name, He is there. Encourage each other. Pray with and for each other. May you be richly blessed as you study His Word.
“Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life (2222) and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. - (2 Peter 1:2-4)
The apostles declared, “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by Him. That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of Life (2222); (For the Life (2222) was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal Life (2222), which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.” – (1 Corinthians 8:6; 1 John 1:1-3)
Jesus exclaimed in prayer to His Father, “And this is life (2222) eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent.” – (John 17:3)
“[W]e have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life (2222) also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life (2222) also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.” - (2 Corinthians 4:7-11)
“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life (2222), which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him.” - (James 1:12)
Life – Strong’s Greek 2222: zoe, vital spirit, the breath of life, refering to the principle of the life in the spirit and soul, zoe is the nobler word expressing the highest and best which Christ is. From this Divine fountain of life flows forth that life real and genuine obtained by fellowship with Christ where the grace (divine influence) of God is evident in the life obtained. A life active and vigorous, devoted to God, blessed, the portion even in this world of those who put their trust in Christ, and after the resurrection to last forever. (Zodhiates Lexical Aids of the New Testament, Thayer’s Lexicon)
“In Christ is life original, unborrowed, underived.” (1898 E.G. White, The Desire of Ages, p. 530)
How did the Son of God receive this life?
“In Him was life (2222); and the life (2222) was the light of men. For as the Father hath life (2222) in Himself; so hath He given to the Son to have life (2222) in Himself;” - (John 1:4; John 5:26)
As Jesus said, “It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are Life (2222). - (John 6:63)
“And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening Spirit. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life (2222)." - (1 Corinthians 15:45; Galatians 5:25; Romans 5:10)
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life (2222) through Jesus Christ our Lord. For the law of the Spirit of Life (2222) in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” - (Romans 6:23; Romans 8:2)
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life (2222) and peace. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life (2222) everlasting. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life (2222) because of righteousness.” - (Romans 8: 6; Galatians 6:8; Romans 8:10)
“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.- (Romans 6:16; Galatians 5:24)
[N]ow being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life (2222). [T]he fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)” - (Romans 6:22; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:9)
“For in Him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also His offspring.” - (Acts 17:28)
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.” - (Romans 8:16-17)
“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, as of the Lord, the Spirit (margin).” - (2 Corinthians 3:17-18)
“The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life. O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so wilt Thou recover me, and make me to live.” - (Job 33:4; Isaiah 38:16)
“Marvel not, My brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life (2222), because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life (2222) abiding in him.” - (1 John 3:13-15)
“And, behold, one came and said unto Him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?" "And He said unto him, Why callest thou Me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life (2222), keep the commandments. That thou mightest fear the Lord thy God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged." - (Matthew 19:16-17; Deuteronomy 6:2)
"And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life (2222), and this life (2222) is in His Son. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life (2222): and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life (2222); but the wrath of God abideth on him. He that hath the Son hath life (2222); he that hath not the Son of God hath not life (2222). These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life (2222), and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” - (1 John 5:11; John 3:36; 1John 5:12-13)
"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life (2222): he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: For whoso findeth Me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life (2222) eternal. And this is the will of Him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life (2222): and I will raise him up at the last day." - (John 11:25; Proverbs 8:35; John 12:25; John 6:40)
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life (2222). The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life (2222), and that they might have it more abundantly. And I give unto them eternal life (2222); and they shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of My hand. When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life (2222). - (John 8:12; John 10:10; John 10:28; Acts 11:18)
“And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true, and we are in Him that is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life (2222). To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: - (1 John 5:20; Colossians 1:27)
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right Spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me free Spirit. - (Psalms 51:10-12)
“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in Thy presence is fulness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.” - (Psalms 16:11; Psalms 36:9)
“Thou hast made known to me the ways of life (2222); thou shalt make me full of joy with Thy countenance (presence).” - (Acts 2:28)
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life (2222). Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life (2222).” - (Galatians 2:20; 2 Corinthians 5:4; Romans 6:4)
The beauty of Heaven is not that we get to live forever, like it’s all about us, but that we will have our Life Jesus, eternal and everlasting. What a comfort to know that we can have this Life of our Saviour flowing freely in us now through His Spirit even before His gift of immortal Life original, unborrowed and underived. We want nothing between us and our Saviour, no other being, spirit, or god. Come to the water and drink of His Life freely. Taste and see that He is good. Let Him live in you today.
Live out Thy life within me, O Jesus, King of kings!
Be Thou Thyself the answer to all my questionings;
Live out Thy life within me, in all things have Thy way!
I, the transparent medium, Thy glory to display.
The temple has been yielded, and purified of sin,
Let Thy Shekinah glory now shine forth from within,
And all the earth keep silence, the body henceforth be
Thy silent, gentle servant, moved only as by Thee.
Its members every moment held subject to Thy call,
Ready to have Thee use them, or not be used at all,
Held without restless longing, or strain, or stress, or fret,
Or chafings at Thy dealings, or thoughts of vain regret.
But restful, calm and pliant, from bend and bias free,
Awaiting Thy decision, when Thou hast need of me.
Live out Thy life within me, O Jesus, King of kings!
Be Thou the glorious answer to all my questionings.
Frances Ridley Havergal, 1836-1879
"But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life (2222) through His name." - (John 20:31)
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