Life represents something mysterious and undefined, but more especially that which is consciousness, energy, and existence. No one has comprehended even what animates the smallest insect. A man might be weighed a few moments before he dies and the same body also be weighed immediately after death. The weight would be the same, yet something most essential—though little understood—has evidently departed. Life is that which gives sensation to the whole body whereby all functions of the body continue in their orchestration. With the passing of life, however, every function of the natural body ceases.
From a Biblical viewpoint, life may signify: (1) that which is natural and animal or (2) what is divine and eternal.
1. Natural. This form of life is subject to death and is derived by human generation. It is nevertheless endless in every human being, that is to say, a continuing on forever in the future of everyone born into this world. Natural life has a beginning, but no end.
2. Eternal. This priceless treasure, which is the gift of God, should not be confused with the mere endless existence which all possess. It is a life added to that which has been experienced before by itself. Christ said: "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John
10:10). This life is no less than "Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Col. 1:27). It comes free because a gift of His love. It at once relates the one who has received it to God and to things eternal. Christ likened it to a birth from above (John 3:3, R.V. margin) "for those which were born ... of God" (John 1:13).
Thus all depends upon receiving Christ and being saved through Him. John has said so again: "He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life" (1 John 5:12).
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