The ancient man Job asked the question that has plagued mankind throughout human history. In Job 14:14, he asked, “If a man die, shall he live again?” Is there life after death? Is there such a thing as eternal life? Job’s question was answered by the Apostle John in his introduction to his first epistle.
In 1 John 1:1-4, the beloved disciple introduces Jesus Christ to his readers as “the Word of life.” The Greek word John uses for “life” in this passage is “zoe,” which means the life of God. Since God alone is eternal, God’s life alone is eternal life.
Words are our chief means of expressing ourselves to others. When it comes to God’s life or eternal life, Jesus Christ, who is the “Word of life,” is the chief means by which God expresses His life to us. Miracle of miracles, God incarnated His life in the man Christ Jesus, who was the human embodiment of divine and eternal life. This incredible miracle of the Incarnation is, unbeknownst to many, twofold. It is not just that God became a man, as stupendous as that is, but that God can also live within men. who, like Christ, can become human embodiments of divine and eternal life!
What proof is there of these stupendous truths of the incredible miracle of the Incarnation. According to the Apostle John, there is the incontrovertible proof of Christ’s Resurrection. John, as an eye witness, testifies to the fact that He not only saw the indestructible eternal life of the resurrected Jesus Christ with his own eyes, but He also heard it with his own ears and touched it with his own hands (Luke 24:36-40)! Furthermore, to make the Christian’s joy complete, John teaches us that we have fellowship with Christ, in that His indestructible and eternal life now lives within us. We are, according to the Apostle John, recipients, through faith in the resurrected Christ, of the eternal life of God! Therefore, we, with the indestructible, resurrected, and eternal Christ living within us, will, like Christ, also triumphantly rise from the dead to live forever!