“…this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life,
and this life is in his Son”
I JOHN 5:11
Eternal Life cannot be separated from the Son. HE is eternal life. His LIFE in us is Eternal life. While much of the Christian Church has succumbed to religious formulas, God’s truth stands sure.
“He who has the Son has life;
he who does not have the Son of God does not have life”
I JOHN 5:12
We have relegated the act of becoming a Christian to a statement of “faith”, rather than the reality of His Life within the individual; we have ruled out the LIFE of the Son as the revelation of the redemptive power of a salvation that is ours through FAITH in the SON. Where there is no change in the life of an individual there is no conversion. Change is always the evidence of HIS LIFE.
“Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ,
he is not His”
Our access to, and our enjoyment of, all the resources of heaven is only known by relationship with and abiding in the Son. No amount of teachings, religious conformity to the concepts of men, or association with various ministries/organizations will ever replace the wonder of a living relationship with the risen Christ!
The purpose of all ministry is to see that HE ALONE has the pre-eminence in our midst and in our hearts. We must return to the simplicity of the FAITH that fuses the life of the believer to our Risen Lord.
“No man can create faith in himself.
Something must happen to him which Luther calls “the divine work in us,”
which changes us, gives us new birth,
and makes us completely different people in heart,
spirit, mind, and all our powers”
Count Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf (1700–1760)