Eternal Life IV: Value of Life


Eternal Life IV: Value of Life

But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness (1 Tim. 4:7)
The quality and content of a man’s life is the sum of the choices he/she makes. What makes one life different from another is inadvertently localized in the choices that summed up to the respectively lives. We need to gain good grasp of the choices we make: they shape or pattern our lives. The privilege or treat to make choices is the most impressive and remarkable resort everyman has. Freedom to choose the true freedom everyone has. We are free to choose the course and outcome of our lives.
God endowed Man the onus of Choice even in respect to life and death. “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Gen. 2:16-17 KJV) Notice, “the man may freely eat of every tree” and so becomes responsible for the outcome of that free-dom. Consequently, Man would never have died had he chosen to live forever. Man was responsible to choose if he lives or dies.
Choices define our preferences and highlight our bases; it is our “choices” that capsulate the content of our lives and dispenses its outcome. We need to give cautious attention to how and what we choose. Choice is composed of two primary elements; Accept (Consent) and Decline (Refuse).
These two elements are the bulwarks that barricade our life’s course; about which we must be trained, learned and erudite to organize and direct our interactions. We cannot afford to mistake Accept for Decline, exchange Decline for Accept or in error renege one for another. It’s abhorrent to lack the intelligence and acumen to manage one’s choices. Incredibly, we are left with no choice but to choose.
So it is arduous and necessary to learn how and what to choose. We must be savvy at choosing and refusing as it is conditionally appropriate. The Bible says of Immanuel, “Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.”(Isaiah 7:15). It is cogent therefore to admit and remit that “what informs one’s choices is how informed one is”. Good life is a product of intelligent extrapolation of information. Paul wrote to a godson Timothy on his fierce responsibility of managing his choices to elucidate his life and Ministry. As an aged/advanced leader and mentor, Paul having gained notice and value of right choices was upfront to warn Timothy to care and cater for his choices. “You’ve been raised on the Message of the faith and have followed sound teaching. Now pass on this counsel to the followers of Jesus there, and you’ll be a good servant of Jesus. Stay clear of silly stories that get dressed up as religion. Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart. This is why we’ve thrown ourselves into this venture so totally. We’re banking on the living God, Savior of all men and women, especially believers.” (1 Tim. 4:6-10 Msg)
We must put to heart the values and message of the faith by which we have been raised, follow the sound teaching, passing on this counsel to others…that we may be good stewards of the love of God and the grace of our Lord Jesus. Choose well and live

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Eternal Life III: Blueprint

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:2 KJV)
A prevalent and unique attribute of Law is its application or enforcement. A law will lose its being a law when it is not enforceable. This unique feature of Law is what confers reward for obeying or aligning with the Law and punishment for its violation. It is important to understand that, every Law is laden with consequence: positive and negative. When we gain the unique operative implement of a Law and engage it, we trigger the natural consequence of that Law in the exact context by which we engaged it.
Take for instance, the Law of gravity; it is widely understood and said; “whatever goes up, comes down”. This is a prevalent natural Law. The operative implement of this Law is so customary and dominant that no one would pray that what he/she throws up would come down.
No one is therefore at any threat of losing a wallet filled with money when thrown up because throwing up the wallet will consequently exact the effect of the Law triggered by the act of throwing it up; after all “everything that goes up comes down”.
This said; the effect of the Law of Gravity as illustrated is typical to every Law. We procure the cause of any Law whenever we activate it by an action that initiate its effect.
The Law of sowing and reaping is also very apt to elucidate the trend and potency of Law. The Bibles put it thus; “Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap.” (Gal. 6:7 AMPC)
Giving the operative effect of this truth (Law) prayer to God cannot help any person to either alter what was sown as to reap something else or reap what was not sown at all as “God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.)”. It is rather incumbent, mandatory, compulsory, necessary, etc. to sow what one expects; then trust God to grant exceeding yield of expected outcome.
We must know what we are doing and what Law is ratified by our action and thereby predict and prepare for the outcome.
The Bible talks about the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus: we must understand what action triggers the operations of this Law, maintain the stream (continuous) operation of it to inherit or reap its laden benefit. Notice intently, the make- up of this law; it is in Christ Jesus. So this Law does not operate outside of Christ Jesus akin to how the Law of gravity does not operate (in Space) outside our Earth.
About the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus, the Bible says, “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. “ (John 3:14-16 NIV)
Beloved, we initiate and precipitate the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus, when we believe, rely trust, depend, etc. on Jesus Christ – The Word of God. Lay hold on it!

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Eternal Life II: The Love of God

A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of. (John 10:10 MSG)
The dominant intent of God for Man is to honor Man with His Life type – Eternal Life. This notion must both interest and delight everyman. The gift of Eternal Life is the furthermost and surpassing proof of God’s love for you and I. No one else has it neither could anyone offer it.
It is this surpassing gesture of love and interest that elevate God’s concern for Man than is available or obtainable from any idol or object of worship Man may unadvisedly craft for himself. Nothing anywhere compares with the intent of God’s love for Man.
About God’s love and its demonstration to Man, the Bible says, “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him. (John 3:16-18 MSG)
Notice how sweet a “song” that goes, God proved His love, concern and interest for Man by offering what is most personal and dearest to Him; “his one and only Son” about whom He voiced “This is my Son, chosen and marked by my love, delight of my life.” (John 3:16 MSG) but He love for you and me constrained Him to prove the ingenuity of His care and readiness to do what it takes to share Life type.
God is not foolish, irrational or thoughtless about the offering of His Son for our ransom, He did it with the noblest motive that; “In the same way that Moses lifted the serpent in the desert so people could have something to see and then believe, it is necessary for the Son of Man to be lifted up—and everyone who looks up to him, trusting and expectant, will gain a real life, eternal life.” (John 3:15 MSG) – It is for (my) Eternal life that God gave His Son and the Son gave His Life. We must gain the value of God in the Salvation plan He packaged and delivered to us so graciously lest anyone should fail of this Grace.
Eternal Life is the Life type of the Eternal God; it is this Life type that made God self-sustaining and ever existing. This Life type has only one nature: LIFE. It cannot be alloyed, corroded or polluted. It is pure LIFE. Anything it touches adopts its nature instantly and anything that touches it is torched by it – Life. This is chronic.
Beloved, this is what God offers you and me in Christ Jesus, Life. Eternal Life is God’s motivation for interaction with us through the Lord Jesus Christ. See how Jesus puts it, “…I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of” (John 10:10 MSG). No one could be more well-meaning, better motivated than God toward us. There is no greater insignia of care or concern than the atrium to Eternal Life offered by God through the Lord Jesus Christ – Come in!

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Eternal Life I: Life and Breath

That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:15)

Life is a very interesting and intriguing subject about which we must all gain truth and veracity. The concept of/ and about life is so widely misunderstood that some abhors it, others dislike it, great number are tired of it and regrettable some terminate it.

The concept of Life is of God. The Bible calls God the Living God: And Joshua said, Hereby ye shall know that the living God is among you,..” (Joshua 3:10). The Living God is the author of Life, In Him is Life. Whoever has Life, derives that Life from The Living God. This is a very important truth.

Life is not sold in any market or store, passed on as a family inheritance or manufactured by Fortune xxx Corporation. Life is not Man’s invention, product of research nor warehoused: Life is of God. This important fact (truth) of Life is enough to elucidate Man’s understanding of God’s existence, control and governing dominance over all that pertains to Man, Materials and Matter. God is the life giver, the initiator of all and anything animated. Would God withdraw Life…life terminates.

Consider what the Bible says of God, Man and Life: “The God who created the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands;  nor is He [e]served by human hands, as though He needed anything, because it is He who gives to all [people] life and breath and all things. 26 And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their lands and territories. This was so that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grasp for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. For in Him we live and move and exist [that is, in Him we actually have our being], as even some of [f]your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ So then, being God’s children, we should not think that the Divine Nature (deity) is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination or skill of man.” (Acts 17:24-29).

This is a profound and exigent notice to all men about the source of our being and the scope of our limitation… we should not think that the Divine Nature (deity) is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination or skill of man. God gave Man life, it is insidious for anyone therefore to conceive, perceive or deceive that there is no God.

Now about Life, there is varying natures of Life but by the same God. Imagine for instance how the Plant Life is different from Animal Life. Whereas Plants take-in Carbon dioxide to synthesize their energy requirement using the Sunlight, releasing Oxygen to the atmosphere, Animals rather, take-in Oxygen to synthesis their energy requirement with food nutrients and release Carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Though Plant and Animals are living organisms, their respective nature of life is so varied that it requires different resources to actuate and maintain.   There is yet varied dimension of Life nature even between Animals; some animals have blood, some do not (snails) implying different materials to actuate.

Eternal Life (Zoe) is God type of Life. This Life type is above all other types. This Life type is so Life absolute in nature that symptoms, sickness and death have no effect on it. Whatever touches this Life type or whatever it touches (instantly) is impacted with Life.

This Life type is the gift of God; His rewards, compensation for believe on Him. “And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert [on a pole], so must [so it is necessary that] the Son of Man be lifted up [on the cross], In order that everyone who believes in Him [who cleaves to Him, trusts Him, and relies on Him] may [c]not perish, but have eternal life and [actually] live forever! “ (John 3:14-15)

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