Summary: Redemption comes immediately and God’s life is imparted to us the second we acknowledge Jesus as Lord.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2. He was in the beginning with God. 3. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
The one major defining difference between Christianity and any other religion you may want to think of is that if you have acknowledged Jesus as Lord and confessed Him as your savior then you now have God’s life within you. People who have never made Jesus their Lord can not understand this miracle. They may think of Christians as crazy or weak or fanatical or many other negative things you can think of. They however can not understand the miracle of the new birth and what that truly means.
As vs. 5. states, And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
That is why they must be told the good news. They have to be told that redemption has already been purchased for everyone. This life has been freely given to the world. They just don’t know it yet. They have to be told that God’s life has been made available to them. This is the most incredible thing any of us can ever imagine. The very life of God has been freely given to us all. We have to turn from the world and turn to God through Jesus Christ and receive this incredible gift of life.
1 Peter 1:4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,
23. having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,
24. because "All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away,
25. but the word of the Lord endures forever.’’ Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.
Have you ever wondered why Jesus had to come? He had to come for a reason. He told us Himself in the Gospel of John….
John 10:10 "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
If Jesus had not come we could not have life. He had to come in order for us to live, not only to live but to live more abundantly. Religion can give a moral code of conduct but it can not give life. He came to give it and through Him is the only way we can get it.
The Greek word translated life is Zoë. Literally the life of God or eternal life.
Vines Greek concordance says to make alive, cause to live, quicken" (from zoe, "life," and poieo, "to make"), is used as follows: "(a) of God as the bestower of every kind of life in the universe.
We have to understand that all life comes from God.
Hebrews 12:9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?
The life we have both physical and spiritual comes from God. We are eternal spiritual beings who temporarily live in human flesh. Those who are in Christ someday will put on incorruptible, and we will be restored to what God originally intended for us to become.
Corinthians 15:51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. 52. in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory.’’
Without this life we could still live morally descent lives but that does not mean we have life. Living right and doing right things is commendable and good but these things do not nor can they give us God’s life. Without God’s life we are separated from God. Sin is what separated us from God. Sin causes spiritual death. This is what spiritual death is separation from the life of God. There is only one remedy for this, we must be born again.