The Bible talks about life in so many passages. A word search alone tells us that the word life occurs 565 times in the Bible. As God’s children who have a relationship with God through Christ by free grace thru faith, Scriptures tell us the kind of life we have in a more detailed way.
We have eternal life.
Eternal means lasting and continuing. Eternal life will never end. It will never stop. Nothing we do, feel, or say, will ever cancel the eternal life we have in Christ. Jesus says, “I I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:28)
We have new life.
New means unlike before or not existing before. With newfound salvation is newfound life. I am now a new creation, walking and living a new life. 2 Cor. 5:17 says that for those “in Christ, a new creation has come. The old has gone, the new has come.” A change of life instantly takes place and everything continues to change. God our Father is making all things new. Healing takes place, correction takes place. We begin to desire the right things. We begin to say and do the right things. We begin to act in the right way. The Holy Spirit who resides in us guides us into all truth as we walk in newness of life. Christ in us empowers us to live the new life, enabling us to overcome temptations and do the right thing in spite of our weaknesses.
We have enlightened life.
John 1:4 tells us that in the Lord Jesus Christ is life, and that life is the light of man. In chapter 8 of John and verse 12, Jesus Himself says, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” In having life thru Christ we have light; we have an enlightened life. This means we will have guidance; we will have wisdom. With the Holy Spirit guiding us into all truth and strengthening us for right living, we are able to walk the path, the right path laid for us. We will be empowered towards making right decisions and taking the right steps.
We have abundant life.
In John 10:10, Jesus said that He came to give us life, abundant life. To have abundance is to have something more than before. Abundant is about having plenty, about possessing something inexhaustible. What is abundant will never come to depletion. That’s the kind of life we have in Christ. It is vibrant life. It will never grow bleak. It is filled with promise and potential.
We have overcoming life.
I John 4:4 says that one who is born of God overcomes the world because the One in us will always be greater than the one who operates a broken system on this earth. 1 John 5:4 assures us that one born of God will always be an overcomer in this world. God in us will enable us to move past hardships and to rise above failures.
A child of God need not settle living in confusion, defeat, desperation, or dissatisfaction. Nurture intimacy with God and you will see God nurturing your heart and spirit. You will find yourself experiencing the positive kind of life God has in mind for you.