While Jesus does give us life (eternal life!), the beautiful truth of Scripture is that the life He gives is not “something” but Himself.
He is our life, as Paul declares in Colossians 3:4 …and John goes on to write that we are to live through Him (1 John 4:9).
The twofold reality of the Christian life is that my life is IN Christ, and His life is IN me.
Thirty times in the first three chapters of Ephesians, Paul uses the language of “IN Him” or “IN Whom” or “IN Christ.” Our life is to be seated in Jesus Christ. Yet at the same time, He has sent forth His Spirit to dwell in my life. So I am in Him, and He is in me.
In this episode, we talk about what it means for Jesus to not merely give us life, but to be our life. I also mention a new series that has launched, “Life in the Word” on the Daily Thunder Podcast, as I walk through a study on our life in the Word—the living Word (Jesus) and the written Word (Scripture).
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Scriptures mentioned in the episode
- John 14:6 – Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but through Me.”
- 2 Peter 1:3–5 – … seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the full knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.
- Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. And the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
- Colossians 1:27 – … to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
- Colossians 3:3–4 – For you died and your life has been hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is manifested, then you also will be manifested with Him in glory.
- 1 John 4:9 – By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.
- Romans 11:36 – For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.
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NRJohnson (Nathan Johnson) is a Christian who has an overwhelming passion for Jesus, the Gospel, and Studying God’s Word. He is a writer, teacher, and communicator who helps other believers understand and apply the Bible as they grow and mature in their faith—desiring that they gain greater intimacy with Christ, experience the victorious Christian life, and transform the world through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Read more about him here.
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