The Eternal Life

14 Dec 2016

1 John 1:2—“And the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and report to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us.”

Note 3 on the eternal life says: “Lit., the life the eternal. This life denotes the divine spiritual life, not the human soulish life or the physical life (see note 174 in Rom. 5). Eternal denotes not only duration of time, which is everlasting, without end, but also quality, which is absolutely perfect and complete, without any shortage or defect. Such an expression emphasizes the eternal nature of the divine life, the life of the eternal God. The apostles saw this eternal life and testified and reported it to people. Their experience was not of any doctrine but of Christ, the Son of God, as the eternal life, and their testimony and preaching were not of theology or biblical knowledge but of such a solid life.”

Cross-reference “d” on the eternal life directs us to these related verses, among others:

1 John 5:13—“I have written these things to you that you may know that you have eternal life, to you who believe into the name of the Son of God.”

John 3:15–16—“That every one who believes into Him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that every one who believes into Him would not perish, but would have eternal life.”

John 10:28—“And I give to them eternal life, and they shall by no means perish forever, and no one shall snatch them out of My hand.”

The verse, note, and cross-references are from the Recovery Version, published by Living Stream Ministry. The Recovery Version outlines, footnotes, and cross-references were all prepared by Witness Lee. Bibles for America gives away the New Testament Recovery Version for free. You can order your free copy on our order page.


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