God’s Gift To Us!
And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son
(1 John 5:11).
Eternal life is not a promise from God that we look forward to Him fulfilling in our lives when we get to heaven. It’s His gift to us NOW: “…the gift of God is eternal life” (Romans 6:23). Eternal life has been freely given to everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
This is what we celebrate at Christmas time: that God has given to us eternal life, a life greater than sickness, disease, failure, death; a life that makes us superior to satan. Many think that eternal life merely refers to unending life; life that goes on and on without end! It includes that, and much more. Eternal life is the nature of God; it’s the very life that God has. That life is what Jesus brought to the world.
Thus, when the angels rejoiced and heralded the birth of the saviour, they were celebrating and publicizing the glorious news that humanity can now receive the divine life, and live as champions on earth: “And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:9-11).
Jesus came that we might have life to the full (John 10:10). That’s why He was born. The glorious and victorious life in its fullness is what He brought, and if you believe in Him, that’s what you’ve received into your spirit. This is what makes it Christmas for me; that Christ has taken up His abode in the quarters of my heart, imparting eternal life to my spirit. This ought to be your joy this season, that having received Christ, you now have eternal life—the miracle-life—that cannot be defiled or corrupted by sickness, disease, defeat, death, or the devil.
You may not feel it in your body that you’ve received eternal life, but it’s in your spirit nonetheless. You don’t have to “feel” it in your body first to know that you have eternal life. That’s why the Apostle John, writing to the Church, said, “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…”(1 John 5:13).
I have the life of God in me;
it’s the superior life of glory, success and victory. I thank you Lord today for making it possible for me to receive this glorious, wondrous life into my spirit, thus making me superhuman.
1John 5:11-12 MSG; John 3:16
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1 Year Bible reading plan: Revelation 15; Daniel 11-12
2 Year Bible reading plan: Revelation 18:1-12; Zechariahn1-2