Bible Verse: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)
Scripture Reading: John 3:1-36
Did you ever notice that Jesus said some crazy things? One day He asked a group of people to examine themselves to see if they had ears. He said if they had ears they would be able to hear him (Mark 4:9). They must have looked at one another in bewilderment and thought, “We all have ears, what is he talking about?”
He told another gathering that He had come in order to give them life (John 10:10). He said this to people who were alive, warm and breathing. You can imagine the puzzled looks. He certainly knew how to get their attention. Even His disciples said these kinds of statements by Jesus were hard and difficult to understand (John 6:60).
These sayings are hard to understand unless you grasp the one basic eternal truth that Jesus was trying to convey. There is more than one kind of life. He was talking to them about another kind of life—an inward life—a spiritual life that He would give them, which would manifest itself in abundance. Not necessarily an abundance of material things, but an abundance of the qualities of life that come from God’s nature.
Nicodemus expressed the same puzzlement when Jesus shared this exact truth with him. He had visited Jesus and inquired what he had to do to enter the Kingdom of God (John 3:1). Jesus replied that he had to be born again. Nicodemus answered incredulously, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus went on to clearly explain to him that there were two kinds of life. There was a natural life and there was a spiritual life.
The natural life is outward and observable by our five senses. The spiritual life is inward and invisible to the natural senses. Even though the spiritual life is intangible, it does not make it any less real. The Bible tells us that the things that are seen are temporal but the thing that are not seen are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18). You just need different senses to perceive them. In the latter case, they are spiritual senses. Thus we begin to understand Jesus’ comments on “ears to hear” and “the blind leading the blind” (Matthew 15:14).
Spiritual life was first given to Man at Creation. He was created differently than animals. God formed the animals from the earth and they were complete. However, after God physically created Adam, he was not finished. He then proceeded to breathe into him the breath of life (Genesis 2:7). This was more than a physical breath of life; it was a spiritual breath of life. In that breath, God gave Adam a spiritual life that had the capability to connect with God’s Life. At creation, Man had a physical life and also a spiritual life. His communion with God was both outward and inward.
— Ken Miles in Is There More To Life Thank Living? © 2016 Joshua Gordon Bookworks. Used by permission.
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