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Jesus Gift

Infinity SignSaint John spoke about the person of Jesus whom he had known for many years as Savior and served until his death at a great old age as a prisoner on the Isle of Patmos. He wrote of Jesus in John 1.4, "In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind." Jesus himself bore the key to the fullness of eternal life. The great verse in John 3.16, also known as the "Gospel in a Nutshell," affirmed, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." So eternal life was available to all who believed in and followed Jesus Christ.

Apostles Creed

Saint John wrote about the eternal life that Jesus gave to a Christian that continued in life after death. In 1 John 5.11-13, John tells us, "And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life, whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life." The Apostles Creed, an early statement of Christian belief, sometimes called "The Symbol of the Apostles" repeated this same sentiment when it said, "I believe in the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting." The first mention of the Apostles Creed was found in a letter in 390 AD in Milan but was undoubted of earlier origins. In the Fourth Century, it was widely believed to have been composed as twelve articles of the faith each one set out by one of the twelve Apostles. The Apostles Creed was a unanimous statement of faith by the Apostles of the Early Church and was also designed in part to rebuff certain sects teaching another Gospel. It was not intended as a complete statement of faith as there were no references in it to the Trinity, to the divinity of Jesus or baptism. These came later in other creedal statements from other Church Councils.

Confidence to Ask

Saint John added by way of encouragement in 1 John 5.14-15, "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him." Each of us can approach God with confidence and ask for eternal life!✞

Jesus Sacrificial Death

CreationIn Jesus sacrificial death was the route to eternal life and in our death promotion into eternal life. Saint John who was known during his lifetime as "the disciple whom Jesus loved," wrote in his Epistle in 1 John 5.16-20, "If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that. All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death. We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. We know that we are children of God and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. We know also 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 by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life." Again John wrote of Jesus in John 1.3, "Through him all things were made, without him nothing was made that has been made."

Physical Body

Bread and WineJesus showed the same emotions and physical needs as any other human being. It was recorded that he ate with his friends in Matthew 26.26, "While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, 'Take and eat; this is my body.'" Jesus' physical body and blood were to have spiritual values when sacrificed on the Cross in the same way as the sacrificial lamb in the Temple or Tabernacle in the Old Covenant bore the sins of the people. The bread and wine were to become the physical reminders of the spiritual consequences of Jesus' sacrificial death. 1 John 1.1-4 contained the disciples' confession that they knew Jesus as a man with a physical body. It read, "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched — this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete."

"Eternal Life"
by Ron Meacock

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