The Greek word for “life” is zoe. This is the root of the English words “zoo” and “zoology.” Zoe is used of the state of existing and being animate which is common to all mankind, whether saved or unsaved. For example, Paul says to the idol worshipping Greeks at Athens, “The God who made the world and all things in it…He Himself gives to all life (zoe) and breath and all things…for in Him we live (zao—the verb form) and move and have our being” (Acts 17:25-28 NASV). Zoe also refers to an individual person’s life while on earth (Luke 16:25, Philippians 1:20, James 4:14). But in the Greek New Testament, zoe has a special meaning. It speaks of the life that is given by God through Christ Jesus to those who believe the gospel. In this usage, zoe is often modified by the adjective aionios [English: eon] which means “eternal”, “everlasting”, “of endless duration.”
Scripture reveals that the source or fount of this zoe life is God the Father. Indeed, Jesus calls Him “the living [zao] Father” (John 6:57), indicating that zoe life is the very life that God has in Himself. Having life in Himself, the Father imparted this life to the Son: “For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself” (John 5:26 NASV).
In turn, the Son manifested this life to the world. Consider John’s words: “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men, and the light shines in the darkness…” (John 1:4-5 NASV). Again, John says: “And the life was manifested, and we have seen and bear witness and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us” (I John 1:2 NASV). Paul confirms John’s testimony when he says that God’s purpose “now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (II Timothy 1:9-10 NASV).
Jesus’ foremost purpose in coming was to give zoe life to men, that is, to cause men to enter into and partake of the very life of God. “…I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly” (John 10:10 NASV). “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him, may have eternal life; and I myself will raise him up on the last day” (John 6:40 NASV). Again, “…Thou gavest Him authority over all mankind, that to all whom Thou hast given Him, He may give eternal life” (John 17:2 NASV).
Even before the ages of time began, God had promised to give zoe life to men: “…In the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago [“before the world began”—KJV], but at the proper time manifested…” (Titus 1:2-3 NASV).
Photo of the 1920s dress pattern that should greet my mailbox within the next few days! We shall see how this sewing venture treats me.
Today I’m feeling exceptionally productive! Funny how things work..sleepy on sunny days, energized on rainy days..hmm..so many things to do:
1. stop neglecting social media sites…too easily started and too easily forgotten. no more.
2. Join a national organization. CHECK..you’re now reading the blog of the newest student member of the Costume Society of America!
3. email professors about Grad school info, which is also a reminder to pray that points are magically added to my GRE score
4. START the 100,000 projects that I have due this semester..woops!
5. start reading a new book
6. find out who my academic advisory is after the 6 changes of major and register for the CORRECT classes
7. clean out my book-bag/car..oh the stresses of clutter
8. figure out the cheapest way to learn French.
Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.
Sorrowing I shall be in spirit,
Till released from flesh and sin,
Yet from what I do inherit,
Here Thy praises I’ll begin;
Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Here by Thy great help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood;
How His kindness yet pursues me
Mortal tongue can never tell,
Clothed in flesh, till death shall loose me
I cannot proclaim it well.
O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.
O that day when freed from sinning,
I shall see Thy lovely face;
Clothed then in blood washed linen
How I’ll sing Thy sovereign grace;
Come, my Lord, no longer tarry,
Take my ransomed soul away;
Send thine angels now to carry
Me to realms of endless day.